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Machine Head Release New Track Circle The Drain

Friday, 14 February 2020 Written by Jon Stickler

Machine Head have dropped a new song.

Titled Circle The Drain, the burly, guitar-heavy rager was produced by vocalist Robb Flynn and Zach Ohren at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California.

It marks the band's first new music since they released Do Or Die last October. Check it out below alongside two behind-the-scenes videos. Describing the track as an anti-Valentine's Day song, Flynn said:

"The song is inspired by an acquaintance of mine who returned from Afghanistan only to have his relationship fall apart with his girl. She had messed around on him, then got paranoid about him messing around on her, and drove him crazy. We had a conversation on Valentine's Day and he said to me "they were just circling the drain”… the phrase struck me.  

"A few days later I incorporated it into the song I’d been working on. It was a strange parallel with my life at the time, having recently had two band members quit, and even more bizarrely, two long-time couple friends of my wife and I, also divorce. It was break-up season, and it played out with friends taking sides, people not being invited to certain events anymore, social and emotional pressure, and all the typical stuff that happens when a relationship goes bad. Watching this guy pull through it, helped me pull through my own upheaval. 

"The lyrics to Circle The Drain came out of that frustrating time. It's a sad song about relationships gone bad, but accepting that it's over, and making yourself move on. I wrote it in a more metaphorical tone, as I didn’t want it to be about my life, but to be about anybody’s life who may be going through a rough time like that. It may not be a song that connects with everyone, especially those in a solid relationship, but if the day ever comes when your life goes awry, this song will be a lifeline for you, something to help pull you up out of that dark place.  

"The irony that he and I had the original conversation on Valentine's Day, and are now releasing it on Valentine's Day isn’t lost on me, it really is the anti-Valentine's Day song."

The North American leg of the band's Burn My Eyes 25th Anniversary Tour wraps up in late February. They'll hit the road again this spring when returning to Europe.

Machine Head Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Fri February 14 2020 - PONTIAC Michigan - Crofoot (USA)
Sat February 15 2020 - CHICAGO Illinois - Metro Chicago (USA)
Sun February 16 2020 - MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota - Skyway Theatre (USA)
Tue February 18 2020 - ENGLEWOOD Colorado - Gothic Theatre (USA)
Wed February 19 2020 - SALT LAKE CITY Utah - Depot - Salt Lake City (USA)
Fri February 21 2020 - OAKLAND California - Fox Theater - Oakland (USA)
Sat February 22 2020 - ANAHEIM California - House Of Blues - Anaheim (USA)

Sun April 19 2020 - ZARAGOZA Teatro de las Esquinas (Spain)
Tue April 21 2020 - SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA Capitol (Spain)
Thu April 23 2020 - OPORTO Coliseu de Porto (Portugal)
Fri April 24 2020 - LISBON Coliseu de Lisboa (Portugal)
Sat April 25 2020 - MADRID La Riviera (Spain)
Mon April 27 2020 - MÁLAGA Paris 15 (Spain)
Tue April 28 2020 - MURCIA Gamma (Spain)
Wed April 29 2020 - VALENCIA Republicca (Spain)
Fri May 01 2020 - BARCELONA Razzmatazz (Spain)
Sat May 02 2020 - TOULOUSE Le Bikini (France)
Tue May 05 2020 - LUDWIGSBURG MHP Arena (Germany)
Wed May 06 2020 - WIESBADEN Schlachthof (Germany)
Fri May 08 2020 - HANNOVER Swiss Life Hall (Germany)
Sat May 09 2020 - PRAGUE Forum Karlin (Czech Republic)
Sun May 10 2020 - BRATISLAVA Refinery Gallery (Slovakia)
Tue May 12 2020 - BUCHAREST Quantic Club (Romania)
Wed May 13 2020 - SOFIA Universiada Hall (Bulgaria)
Fri May 15 2020 - THESSALONIKI Fix Factory Of Sound (Greece)
Sat May 16 2020 - ATHENS Piraeus Academy (Greece)
Wed May 20 2020 - KIEV Stereoplaza (Ukraine)
Fri May 22 2020 - MOSCOW 1930 Moscow (Russia)
Sat May 23 2020 - ST PETERSBURG A2 (Russia)
Mon May 25 2020 - HELSINKI Circus (Finland)
Thu May 28 2020 - STOCKHOLM Fryhuset Arenan (Sweden)
Fri May 29 2020 - OSLO Sentrum Scene (Norway)
Sat May 30 2020 - AARHUS Train (Denmark)
Mon June 01 2020 - HAMBURG Grosse Freiheit 36 (Germany)
Tue June 02 2020 - UTRECHT Tivoliredenburg (Netherlands)
Wed June 03 2020 - LILLE Aeronef (France)
Fri June 05 2020 - LONDON O2 Academy Brixton (United Kingdom)
Sat June 06 2020 - BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy Birmingham (United Kingdom)

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