It is with immense sadness that we learnt that Johnny Machin AKA The Slammer, drummer with The Lo Fidelity Allstars passed away last week after a long battle with illness. He was 48.
We first became aware of the band in 1996, we loved the demo tape so went to see them at The Dublin Castle. The tiny stage was a chaotic mess of big coats & bedroom musical equipment balanced precariously on bar stools. The only thing not plugged in were the drums. Behind them, sunglasses on, fag in mouth, sat the man we would come to know and love as The Slammer - always on time and solid as a rock.
It was obvious within minutes that we had to sign them, thankfully they agreed. How To Operate With A Blown Mind was released in 1998 and an epic journey began. The album’s success took the band around the world, in particular America who took the Lo Fi’s to their hearts. Success in the music industry brings a lot of guff & nonsense, through it all Johnny remained beautifully cynical. As we would babble enthusiastically backstage after a gig, from the Dublin Castle, to the Big Beat Boutique to the Astoria and on to the EnormoDome USA the sneer remained the same.
The first time we met Johnny he said "You don't really need to talk to me, I just hit things." Thankfully we ignored him and got to know a brilliantly funny, sharp, supremely talented man. Everyone at Skint loved him… he even made the tea once. I
We send our love & condolences to his family & friends.
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