After an extensive hiatus, Dogmachine recently reformed to make a return to the live music scene and are currently working on new material. On 5 September 2014 Dogmachine supported UK band Pop Will Eat Itself (PWEI) at local iconic venue The Zoo to a capacity crowd. “When Pop Will Eat Itself were looking for a support act for their Brisbane show, someone threw out the name Dogmachine. It was a name that hadn’t been bounced around in years. Singer Kraig Wilson gave it some thought. Then he gave it a lot of thought, and now the band are reforming to play with PWEI for the special one-off support show at their Brisbane gig.”
Due to the success of the reformation gig a second event was held at The Underdog on 22 November 2014 with supporting acts VISI, Arado, Gimpus and newcomers Distaudio.
1995 – 2002
During the 90s and into 2000s the band toured extensively, performing with the likes of Atari Teenage Riot, White Zombie, Pitchshifter, Pop Will Eat Itself (PWEI), Snog, Zeni Geva, Severed Heads, Grinspoon, N.I.L., Primary and Insurge, as well as appearing regularly during the ‘golden years’ of local independent radio station organised 4ZZZ Market Day Festivals.
FUTURISTIC URBAN CULT is the seminal full-length album. Originally released on the Oracle label in 1997, Futuristic Urban Cult was a game-changing release for the Australian music landscape. Described as ‘hellish electronics with grinding chugging guitars, sinister/darkwave undertones, and steamshovel vocals’, the release explored many shades of darkness. With founding member Kraig Wilson at the core, and a range of important collaborators including Lawrence English, the band was famous for its confronting live performances which often descended into an industrial chaos of noise and machinery.
The single “Fetish” from the album made it to #32 in 4ZZZ Hottest 100 in 1997 along with artists like #28 The Beautiful People – Marilyn Manson, #58 Hooray – Snog and #69 Breathe – The Prodigy.
The Atari Teenage Riot support tour in 1998 covered much of the East Coast of Australia: 28 May – University of Newcastle, 29 May – The Chelsea (Brisbane), 30 May – University of Southern Queensland (Toowoomba), 31 May – The Great Northern Hotel (Byron Bay), 3 June – Woonona Bulli RSL Club (Wollongong), 4 June – Canberra Institute of Technology Southside, 5 June – The Corner Hotel (Melbourne) & ending on 8 June – The Metro Theatre (Sydney).
Dogmachine emerged in 1993 releasing a self-titled cassette Ep and 7″ vinyl single “The Room/Why Do They Scream?”, which made it to 25 in the 4ZZZ Top 100 of 1993, followed by numerous compilation appearances including Transmission Communications’s Abstraction – Evidence 2 release later in 1996.
The 90s was a period in Brisbane’s music history which saw the emergence of its own fantastic electronic music scene, with bands like Dogmachine at the forefront. The band also played at the first annual Brisbane Gothic event Bloodlust Ball in 1994 run by Carpathian Magistratus Vampyre Society (CVMS).