The Emperor Machine
The Emperor Machine is Andy Meecham from the Chicken Lips. A solo project born spawned from a dirty relationship between an EMS VCS3 and a Roland System 100.
The name was chosen randomly from a big black hat, but the impetus behind the project was far from random: the project was born out of Meecham’s desire to create a now sound using vintage equipment and seventies production techniques.
The music of The Emperor Machine is inspired by sci-fi films, prog rock, electronic rock, disco, Delia Derbyshire and a heavy Can addiction.
Previously a studio only enterprise, Meecham has constructed a three-piece band to take his cosmic, spaced-out punk-funk grooves into the live arena. Most known for his part in dancefloor damagers Chicken Lips, he's saved his most esoteric, spaced out ideas for Emperor Machine, albums 'Aimee Tallulah is Hypnotized' and 'Vertical Tones and Horizontal Noise' becoming instant cult classics. Using live guitar, bass and obscure,'70s analogue synths, he merges elements of Krautrock, disco punk, house and the peculiar electronic soundtracks of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop to mesmeric effect. On the eve of the release of the third album, his live performance at the Lethargy will be a unique moment.