Up Down Go Machine are a hard working Americana themed band from the UK. In 2015, the supported the legendary Shawn Smith (Brad/Pigeonhed) on a handful of intimate dates. It resulted in a rare sighting of a “must-see” support act. [A few more thoughts about the London gig can be found here.]
In January 2014, Brad embarked on their first full European tour. Twenty years after the release of their debut album ‘Shame’, you could say their visit was overdue. Unsurprisingly, their appearances at medium-sized venues were a sell-out and their London show in particular was an amazing experience. UK Fans finally got to hear tracks like ‘Buttercup’ and ‘Screen’ live, and the experience did not disappoint. Given that response, it seemed possible that Brad may even return at some point, but in April 2015 something even more unusual occurred. Their frontman, Mr. Shawn Smith, returned alone for a short run of one-man shows at a few very intimate venues, the run ending at London’s Bush Hall.