Following February’s anti-Valentine’s Day single Circle The Drain, which has racked up millions of streams and cracked the Top 50 at radio, MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn has released a poignant acoustic version of the song via Nuclear Blast.
“When the pandemic hit in March, and all Machine Head tours got cancelled, I started doing free Acoustic Happy Hour shows on Machine Head‘s Facebook page to get out the pent-up energy, entertain some friends, have some laughs, and have a few drinks every Friday,” Flynn explains. “As we had just released our new song Circle The Drain fans started asking for me to play it, so I started messing around with it and came up with a re-imagined version of it. It got a phenomenal response… People genuinely loved it, and were continually asking me to release it, and so I recorded it a few weeks back in my home studio, and here it is.”
Originally released in February 2020, the anti-Valentine’s Day song, Circle The Drain, was inspired by Flynn’s friend who served in Afghanistan and returned home only to find his relationship with his partner falling to pieces.
Flynn stated after the original was released, “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.”
Listen to the original version of Circle The Drain HERE
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Flynn and MACHINE HEAD have been outspoken and unstoppable, cranking out vital music for the tumultuous times. The band’s recent single Stop The Bleeding, which features guest vocals from KILLSWITCH ENGAGE frontman, Jesse Leach, was written and recorded just days after the murders of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery. Their followup, Bulletproof, rounding out the digital single Civil Unrest, Bulletproof is a clear, defiant statement about the country’s disgraceful climate of corruption, injustice, racism and inequality that has risen during the current administration.
Download/Listen To ‘Circle The Drain’ Acoustic HERE
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With thanks to Nuclear Blast