Finite Automata is an Experimental/Industrial project from Pensacola Florida. While their early sound was very reminiscent of old Skinny Puppy, Frontline Assembly and Project Pitchfork, their more recent endeavors have fused elements of classic electro-industrial and EBM, with elements of Aggrotech and Industrial Rock. They are known regionally for their highly confrontational and controversial stage shows, which make heavy use of theatrics, makeup, stage props, sharp objects and various noise making devices. They have toured Florida and southern Alabama, and intend to expand their influence nationally. They have shared the stage with acts such as The Ludovico Technique, Cyanide Regime, Slick Idiot, Spider Lilies and Sapphire Rebellion.
Formed in 2006 by Mod Eschar (Dom Price), the project grew out of a chaotic solo act in which Eschar was the only consistent member until early 2007, when he was joined by long time friend and keyboardist c. Grendel (Chris Stanley). The two were later joined on an off by guitarist and gadgetrist Mat Pathetic and for a short time, guitarist Vic Martinez. Currently, Pathetic is the group's permanent gadgetrist. In late 2010, they were joined by programmer/keyboardist Thomas Carpenter, who added a more Terror Noise influence to the project's over all sound.
The group's name is a reference to a concept in Computer Science related to finite state machines and their predefined behaviors, alluding to Humans as such machines and their behavior as being predictable in nature.
The group has one unofficial release entitled "Recurse" which incorporates old school industrial elements, and is regarded by some as very reminiscent of Bites-Era Skinny Puppy. The group has since expanded their sound and is currently writing material for their first official untitled release.
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