Pain Machine brought their heavy hitting sounds to Sunshine Studios Live, on Oct. 12. They were the opening acts alongside Maddy Hershiser, The Widowhood Effect and Darkness Within. Street Corner Gypsy was the main support and Kofi Baker’s Cream Experience was the headlining act.
Rob Peeters is the vocalist, Tom Prose is the rhythm guitarist, Jody Wheatley is the drummer, RJ Diaz is the lead guitarist and Jimmy St. Yves is the bassist of Pain Machine. St. Yves also provides backup vocals.
Peeters introduced name of the first song, “Obsidion”, prior to Pain Machine’s concert. Almost immediately after starting the song—St. Yves immediately head banged, as he stood near Wheatley’s drum platform and near the center of the stage. He hunched over, looked down, and maintained the position until the end of the song.
For “Driven”, Pain Machine showcased their abilities to slow down and pick up the tempo synchronically. During the song, Wheatley’s cymbals became the more dominant of the instrumentals. Diaz had two guitar solos towards the end, as Peeters helped break them up with brief vocals.
Prior to “Pain Machine”, Wheatley adjusted portions of his drum set. After he made sure everything was positioned correctly—he struck his high-hat and Diaz accompanied him. Prose and St. Yves soon accompanied them on the instrumental, before Peeters let out a yell. As he continued to sing, he wrapped the microphone cord around his forearm.
During “Nightmare”, the spot light shined upon Peeters. Diaz soon took over the instrumental, as he provided a brief solo. Then, Peeters noticed he had young fans sitting on the stage near the speakers. As the rest of Pain Machine continued on, he took time out for a photo opportunity. As the song continued on, he picked one of them up and placed them on stage with him. Not wanting to be the center of attention, the young fan soon went back to sitting on top of the speakers.
Before the start of “Epic”, Peeters gave a shout out to all of the bands on the bill. After mentioning each artist, the crowd gave them each a round of applause. During the performance, St. Yves and Peeters alternated vocal duties. As Peeters sang—he gave one last fist bump to his young fans, sitting near the stage. Then, Pain Machine ended their performance with “Batttered”.
“Rosa Run” was also part of Pain Machine’s set.