Metal legends Machine Head have announced their new bass player as Jared MacEachern. MacEachern, a North Carolina native, is already out on the road with the band on the Rockstar Mayhem US Summer tour and will soon be relocating to South California to begin preproduction of the bands upcoming 8th studio album.
Jared is not totally new to Machine Head as he filled in on vocal harmonies on the Black Tyranny Tour back in 2007 whilst he was on the tour with his then band Sanctity. Machine Head frontman and Guitarist Robb Flynn recalls:
"We had locked in Brandon Sigmund of local boys Hostility to play bass on that tour, but we soon realized we'd need someone to hit the high harmonies. Our A&R guy Monte Conner recommended Jared since he was already on the tour, and that ended up being a great call. Jared flew out a few days before the tour and rehearsed with us and did great. What was most impressive about the whole thing was that he was doing double duty - opening for MACHINE HEAD with his band at the time Sanctity, and then later singing with us. He would stay sober until after our set, and often get in the van and drive all night. His seriousness and dedication was awesome to see and it stuck with us"
After Sanctity's release from their record label and the birth of his Daughter in 2007 Jared's sense of responsibility took over and he quit the band to focus on family life, but music was never far away as he continued to jam locally with death metal bands From a Dig and Telic until he saw Machine Head were in need of a 4 stringer and he thought he would try his hand.
Rob Flynn explains about what the band were looking for in their search for a bass player:
"We really wanted a guy that was hungry for this, someone who could live and breathe this with us. Dave would joke around that we didn't want to get someone too green that'd be like 'oh my god, is this a dressing room?!', but we also didn't want someone who was too jaded by the whole thing and 'been there, done that'. We thought the perfect guy would be someone who'd paid some dues, who had done 9 or 10 crummy van tours, and wasn't broken by that, but inspired to keep going and play music, and in many ways that was Jared. I mean hell, the guy's only rode in a bus for two nights, one of which was with us! It brings a really cool level of appreciation to the table, and it shows where his heart's at"
Jared himself seems psyched to get out there:
"I'm ready to get to work! This tour is going to kick ass and the new tunes are heavy as shit! I'm SO looking forward to making good music with good dudes!"
You can check out Jared audition videos below.