Machinehead rocks Houston,
By Shiley Carter
Daily Cougar Staff
Machinehead's "Supercharging America" tour
stopped in Houston on Friday to deliver a mind-blowing, energy-filled performance
to a packed crowd at The Engine Room.
Mauro Alvarez/The Daily
Machinehead lead singer Robert
Flynn performs a sober show at The Engine Room in Houston on Friday.
Machinehead released its fourth album,
Supercharger, late last year after having the release date pushed back
three weeks following the Sept. 11 attacks. The decision to
release the album was difficult, the band
members said, but they felt that with the tour starting in this new year,
Americans should be ready to move on and enjoy a hardcore rock
During the performance, which featured
an unfathomable amount of raw energy and a mosh pit almost half the size
of the venue, vocalist Robert Flynn took time out to show his
patriotism as he pointed out the five
flags hanging gracefully from the ceiling of the venue. He then dedicated
"Deafening Silence" off Supercharger to the victims of the attacks.
Including songs off its popular 1999 release
The Burning Red, Machinehead's distorted guitars, crashing drums and sing/scream
vocals kept the power in the crowd going and the
real fans singing along.
"The Blood, The Sweat, The Tears" produced
maddening chaos on the floor as the fans released their powerhouse love
for the heavy music.
After the show, lead singer Flynn admitted
this was the band's first Houston performance at which he didn't play hung
over. He said he couldn't even remember the show he
played at Numbers two years ago because
of the partying he did at the Clubhouse with Pantera the night before.
This time, though, the sober singer said
there is one thing he can say for sure: "Dallas sucks, Austin rocks and
Supercharger, much like The Burning Red,
is getting a great vibe in America, but is losing its appeal on foreign
"I feel like we, as a band, put everything
out possible (for Supercharger)," Flynn said. "We put 150 percent in all
When asked about the band's quest for world
domination, Flynn admitted to feeling very unaccomplished.
"I still have a lot to achieve," he said.
"We have to win our audience over. Music is about the fun."
The heavier style and in-your-face music
Machinehead produces is not exactly radio material, but it is the sound
the band members love making and the sound that makes the
"The world would be a better place if Crazytown
was replaced on the radio by Machinehead," Flynn said.
It's hard to disagree with that sentiment.
And for all you fans out there who were "just wondering," Flynn said he
does still drink his "vodka and C-O-K-E." As a matter of fact, I saw it