Machine Head Unleash New Single And Video, My Hands Are Empty
Machine Head have just unleashed a brand-new single and video, My Hands Are Empty – a collaboration between frontman Robb Flynn and original guitarist Logan Mader.
“I have some family members who have beaten their opioid addiction, and have some still in the throes of addiction,” explains Robb of the track. “It is painful to watch, and I deal with it with great difficulty. It is a song of sadness, but there is hope as well. I have beaten my own drug addictions and we can fight through this, together, and share our pain with the world.
“Musically I wanted to go for a bit of a Through The Ashes Of Empires vibe, and it had a grandiose vibe from the beginning, something about that vocal melody haunted me day and night. I sent it off to one of our collaborators Joel Wanasek, and he came back with a whole depth and dimension with strings and keys that really made the song come alive. I added the guitar harmony in the chorus soon after and I knew we were on to something special.
“On the recent Burn My Eyes 25th anniversary tour I mentioned to Logan about needing a riff or two for a new song, he was excited to collaborate, I sent him the song and the next day he sent me back the heavy riff in the bridge and I was floored. It fit perfectly, and felt really cool to be writing together 24 years later. Jared [MacEachern, bass] came up with the rhythm under the lead section and the song really locked into place.”
Logan adds: “During pre-pro for the Burn My Eyes anniversary tour last year, I had a special opportunity to collaborate with Machine Head for the first time in over 20 years. This is a big milestone for me, to circle back on a massive orbit around life and end up doing new music with MH is epic and unexpected. The song, My Hands Are Empty, was almost complete, but needed a riff or two. Robb sent it to me, so I jumped in and added a section which ended up in the master after some arrangement tweaks by Robb. The song is amazing. It was a great feeling to be in the studio with Robb after all these years and I hope to do it again!”
Check out My Hands Are Empty below:
For more Machine Head, and a reminder of what things were like back when we could all go to gigs (urgh… remember those days?), watch the band’s glorious K! Pit set:
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