The Supersoul Machine Crew.
The origins of Supersoul Machine can be traced back to two Clonmel bands in the mid 90’s. Graham Cantwell (Vocals), Mark Hickey (Guitars) and John O Dwyer (Bass) are former members of Strange Brew and Paul ‘Ricky’ Ryan (Drums) was a member of Swerve (A band fronted by Paul Walsh who would later have success with Royseven). These two bands were part of a thriving music scene in Clonmel at this time and were engaged in a competitive rivalry.
Strange Brew was influenced primarily by classic rock while Swerve mixed indie rock with pop tunes. After the break-up of the two bands, the various members went on to perform with other musicians and bands until June 2011 when the universe conspired to bring them together again as Supersoul Machine. The shared musical history between the 4 members actually served as a unifying force for the new ‘group’ who have bonded effortlessly.
The first thing that people notice at a Supersoul Machine live show is the eclectic mix of material and the wide range of musical influences on display. This band cannot be confined to one musical category. In fact, it blends almost every type of musical genre from soul to swing, classic rock to funk, modern Irish trad to 80’s anthems.
The audience is always guaranteed a pleasant surprise and the band knows how to adapt their set to the requirements of the night.
The name ‘Supersoul Machine’ emerged as the result of some serious brainstorming. After a close contest with some other candidates such as “A Million Tiny Pieces” and “Late Night Pharmacy”, this name seemed to speak to the essence of the band. On one hand the word Supersoul resonated with the indefinable soulful edge to the band’s music and on the other, it is a reference to
the DJ (Supersoul) in iconic road movie “Vanishing Point”. The band also wanted to have a strong, purposeful title and the word “Machine” seemed to do the trick.
Hence, Supersoul Machine was born or SsM if you are stuck for time.