Being in a hardcore band for 25 years can make it pretty darn tough when …
Machine Head’s frontman Robb Flynn has shared an acoustic take of Circle The Drain.
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The anti-Valentine’s Day single originally dropped back in February through Nuclear Blast records. Since then, it has racked up millions of streams.
“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,” says Flynn. “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.”
Circle The Drain was inspired by Flynn’s friend who served in Afghanistan and returned home to a broken relationship.
“She [his friend’s girlfriend] 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.” Flynn adds.
Machine Head recently dropped Stop The Bleeding, which features guest vocals from Jesse Leach of Killswitch Engage. The track was written and recorded just days after the murders of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery, it is followed by Bulletproof.
Both the original and acoustic take of Circle The Drain are available on all streaming platforms, catch all the details here.