Sister Machine Gun

Sister Machine Gun

Infobox musical artist
Name = Sister Machine Gun

Img_capt = Sister Machine Gun: on the left is Miguel Turanzas, on the right is Chris Randall.
Background = group_or_band
Origin = United States
Genre = Industrial music
Industrial rock
Years_active = 1989 – 2007
Label = Positron! Records
Wax Trax! Records
Past_members = Chris Kelly
Chris Randall
Miguel Turanzas
Guilherme Machado

Sister Machine Gun was an industrial band based in Chicago, IL.


The Early Years

Sister Machine Gun was formed by Chris Randall and Guilherme Machado in New York City. They performed at New Jersey's Pipeline, and New York's Limelight. The band went on a short hiatus after Chris Randall joined KMFDM's tour as a stage technician. After the tour, Randall relocated to Chicago. Here, he found work in the mailroom of Wax Trax! Records, and began recording a demo with Jim Marcus and Van Christie of Die Warzau. The rough demo was given to Sascha Konietzko of KMFDM for mixing. Konietzko passed the demo along to Jim Nash, head of Wax Trax!, who then signed the band to a record deal.

The Wax Trax! Years

Sister Machine Gun's debut album Sins of the Flesh was released on Wax Trax! in 1992. During this time, Chris Randall assembled a group of musicians to tour in support of the album. Tom Gaul and Steve Stoll joined the band, alongside Kelly and Randall. Stoll left the band after this tour, and work on the next album began.

The Torture Technique was released in 1994. Tom Gaul left midway through the recording process, after contributing to the album. New members were recruited for the upcoming tour. Guitarist Greg Lucas (later a member of Final Cut) joined, as well as drummer Scott Churilla (later a member of The Reverend Horton Heat's band). Sister Machine gun went on to join the Angstfest tour with KMFDM and Chemlab.

After this tour, Chris Kelly left the band. Prior to the recording of Burn, Sister Machine Gun went on another tour. The lineup during this time consisted of Chris Randall, bassist Bob Jones, drummer Tom DeSalvo (former member of Chemlab), and Chris Schmidt on guitar.

The band then began work on the album Burn. Guitarist Geno Lenardo (of Filter) joined in the studio. Burn was released in 1995. The title track became one of the band's most recognizable songs, as it later appeared on the popular Mortal Kombat soundtrack.

The tour line-up at this time consisted of Chris Randall, bassist Richard Deacon, and drummer Kevin Temple (formerly of Die Warzau and later Apartment 26). This line up remained mostly consistent throughout the touring for Burn and Metropolis, with guitarists Pat Sprawl and Brian Sarche joining at various times.

The final Sister Machine Gun album on Wax Trax!, Metropolis, was released in 1997. Reeves Gabrels did guitar work on the album.

The Positron! Years

After 1997's "Metropolis" album, Sister Machine Gun left Wax Trax. The rest of the band's material was released on Chris Randall's Positron! Records, the record label he founded and operates with his wife, Lisa.

In 2007, Sister Machine Gun officially disbanded and Chris Randall began a solo career.

Primary Member History

Guilherme Machado joined Randall in Chicago for the recording of the band's debut album, Sins of the Flesh. After recording some guitar parts, Machado left the band. After the completion of the album, Chris Kelly joined the band. After Kelly's departure in 1995, Randall continued the band primarily as a solo project. Miguel Turanzas joined the band in 1999, and continued as a member until it was disbanded in 2007.



* "Sins of the Flesh" (1992; WaxTrax! Records)
* "The Torture Technique" (1994; WaxTrax!/TVT Records)
* "Burn" (1995; WaxTrax!/TVT Records)
* "Metropolis" (1997; WaxTrax!/TVT Records)
* " [Revolution (Sister Machine Gun album)| [R] evolution] " (1999; Positron! Records)
* "6.0" (2000; Positron! Records)
* "Influence" (2003; Positron! Records)

Singles etc.

* "Not My God" (Single, 1992; WaxTrax! Records)
* "Addiction" (Single, 1993; WaxTrax!/TVT Records)
* "Wired/Lung" (CDEP, 1994; WaxTrax!/TVT Records)
* "Nothing" (Single, 1994; WaxTrax!/TVT Records)
* "Hole in the Ground" (Promo only CD/12", 1995; WaxTrax!/TVT Records)
* "Burn 3.2" (Promo only Single, 1996; Wax Trax!/TVT Records)
* " [R] evolution 5.1" (Single, 1999; Positron! Records/ -- MP3 only double a-side single Smash Your Radio b/w Carbon Copy. Available for a limited time only from
* "Transient 5.2 EP" (CDEP, 2000; Positron! Records) -- This was originally limited to 1000 numbered copies. It has since been released in a non-limited form.
* "sistermachinegun: 6.5: the desert companion" (CDEP, 2001; Positron! Records)
* "sistermachinegun: 6.6: machine" (CDEP, 2002; Positron! Records)
* "To Hell With You" (Single, 2004; Positron! Records)


* "Afterburn: Wax Trax-94 & Beyond" (1994; TVT Records) -- "Nothing (Mulatto Mix)"
* "" (1994; TVT Records) -- "Addiction" from "Sins of the Flesh"
* "Mortal Kombat (soundtrack)" (1995; TVT Records) -- "Burn" from "Burn"
* "Hideaway (Soundtrack)" (1995; TVT Records) -- "Lung (Bronchitis Mix)" from "Wired/Lung"
* "" (1996; TVT Records) -- "Deeper Down"
* "Wax Trax! Records – Summer Swindle 1996" (Promo sampler, 1996; Wax Trax!/TVT Records) -- "Hole in the Ground (Martin Atkins Remix)"
* "Scream (Soundtrack)" (1996; TVT Records) -- "Better Than Me" from "Burn"
* "Resonance" (1997; Decibel Records) -- "Bust It"
* "Sonic Adventure Remix" (1998; TOSHIBA-EMI Limited Japan)-- "Remix of Open Your Heart

* "Komposi001" (2002; Positron! Records) -- "Damage" and "Bang Bang (Fully Operational Mix)"
* "Komposi002" (2003; Positron! Records) -- "I Don't Need" and "To Hell With You (Christ Analogue Remix)"
* "Komposi003" (2006; Positron! Records) -- "Sink"


* "Black Box: Wax Trax! Records, The First 13 Years (A video Retrospective) Volume 1" (1994; TVT Records) -- "Not My God" appears on the album "Sins of the Flesh"
* "Black Box: Wax Trax! Records, The First 13 Years (A video Retrospective) Volume 2" (1994; TVT Records) -- "Wired" appears on the album "The Torture Technique"
* "SMG 6.0 Record Release Show" (VCD, 2001; Positron! Records)
* "SMG 6.5 Record Release Show" (DVD, 2002; Positron! Records)


External links

* [ Official site]
* [ Interview in ARC November 1994]

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