Track of the Day: Machine Age “Dust” (2019)

“Dust” is the new single from Brisbane experimental electronic rock artist Machine Age, and the first taste of their forthcoming debut album, Point of Departure, due for release later this year.

Machine Age is the brainchild of Adrian Mauro. When Mauro was fifteen, his older brother passed away following a long battle with leukaemia, leaving Mauro to inherit his guitar, keyboard and record collection. In the intervening years, he learnt how to record and play those instruments, and has honed his skills on other people’s projects, and now his own.

In recent years Mauro has teamed up with drummer Dylan Stewart, with the duo touring the country supporting the likes of The Jungle Giants, Holy Holy, #1 Dads and more. 2019 is already shaping up to be something of a big year, what with the debut album on it’s way, and their song “Fighting” named as a finalist for the 2019 Queensland Music Awards – making it two years in a row as a QMA finalist.

“Dust” is an attempt to strike back at the more negative aspects of social media and the shallow interpersonal connections it fosters. It’s a big, bold and ballsy track, grabbing your attention from the get go and not letting up until it’s run its course. It’s the kind of song that’s ready made to played live and loud. According to its writer Mauro, “Dust” is “an upbeat ode to the bleak new world we live in. How social media with all its promises of Likes, love and connection really doesn’t mean anything when you’ve lost a loved one or are doing it tough in the real world.”

Ahead of the album release later in the year and to celebrate the release of the new single, Machine Age will be hitting the road in April for a quick East Coast tour (dates below). Until then you can stream “Dust” below.

“Dust” is available now. You can keep up to date with Machine Age via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Machine Age “Dust” Tour

Sat April 20th / Bearded Lady – Brisbane, QLD
Fri April 26th / Gaso Upstairs – Melbourne, VIC
Sat April 27th / OAF Gallery Bar, Darlinghurst, NSW

Simon Clark

Books Editor. An admirer of songs and reader of books. Simon has a PhD in English and Comparative Literature. All errant apostrophes are his own.