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Amish Rake Fight


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Mike Fisher’s career in electronic music began with his role as the keyboardist and founding member of Machines of Loving Grace in 1989. Machines’ first eponymous album enjoyed success on college radio, and their second album “Concentration” expanded their audience, with the single “Butterfly Wings” becoming a staple of then-trendsetting stations like KROQ in Los Angeles. 1994 brought the band’s inclusion in the soundtrack to “The Crow” motion picture, with the track “Golgotha Tenement Blues”. Machines’ final album “Gilt” was released in 1995. During their tenure Machines released three albums, countless singles, and toured extensively with a variety of artists including Peter Murphy, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, The Swans, Surgery, and Stabbing Westward.

Fisher’s involvement with so-called “industrial” music belies his background as a classical cellist. Amish Rake Fight, however, moves in a different direction. The first ARF album “Fellow Prisoners” is cool and thoughtful, elegant and complicated. Preferring attention to detail over prolific output, and melody over repetition, the Amish Rake Fight sound reveals a fine, even maniacal interest in small details and thematic subtleties. “Fellow Prisoners” winds percussion from the exotic East and Africa, samples from obscure films, and twisting string sections. Hence, Amish Rake Fight is music that often demands more than one listen — each subsequent examination reveals new details and layers.

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  • deucebag

    Not to be an elitist scumbag, but Fellow Prisoners > any remix ARF ever did.

    24 Jan 2012 Reply
  • PortDawg605

    Loved the remix of Collide's Slither Thing!

    14 Feb 2008 Reply
  • transience

    I'm really looking forward to a new ARF album - here's to hoping it's as good as Fellow Prisoners.

    30 Oct 2006 Reply
  • evilangela

    AH, so that's what that Collide song with an Amish Rake Fight mix is all about... it's an artist name. Never would have guessed.

    25 Feb 2006 Reply

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