the gift machine

Psych Rock Indie Pop from San Diego via The Pacific Northwest

New Album “New Tangles” comes out October 19, 2018 on PIAPTK


NIce feature in Bellingham, WA's WHAT's UP Magazine covers the fall 2017 Tour

NEW REVIEWS of The Gift Machine: Hard Facts Are Still Uncertain:

"The latest album from this Southern California-via-Anacortes, WA band led by Dave Matthies is a fine set of psych-tinged indie-pop with shimmering guitar lines, atmospheric keyboards, occasional horns, gentle harmonies and dreamy melodies." 2/26/2015
Don Yates, music director @ KEXP IN SEATTLE WA

"The gift machine's "Hard Facts Are Still Uncertain" is a strong album with multiple catchy songs. They have been around since 1999, changing members and sounds through the past 15 years and you can tell from the sound of their album that they know what they are doing and enjoy the music they make. The first song on the album, Dark Waters, and definitely a song to play if you want to go on a road trip. Definitely take a listen to this album."

"Great 60s psychedelic sound. Starts off strong then gets tranquile. A Nice sound."
-WHUS, U CONN Alternative Radio


"The Gift Machine sound completely comfortable. Matthies' dry humor, his slightly frail voice, and the simple arrangements allow the songs to gently amble along, making potentially fraught subjects -- the impossibility of communication, personal failure, andthe struggle to find motivation -- seem surmountable,or at least manageable. Andrea Gruber's voice aids to this end.Goodbye/Goodluck is the sound of an artist being allowed to mature, and there's something reassuring, if not inspiring, about that."

-Tiny Mix Tapes

"Intelligent, well-done indie pop, if not quite the kind of thing that unshakably sticks in your craw."

-Richie Unterberger,

"Matthies strikes many as a musician/producer/engineer who is in it for the art form, not for the money or glory. With his style, which is a suave and subtly infectious form of pop music with audible references to psychedelia and surf-rock, [Matthies] has the ability to turn a simplistic melody into one that becomes unavoidably engrained in a listener’s head. Matthies and Gruber show off an excellent vocal contrast in Matthies’ warmly musky grumbles and Gruber’s angelically high-pitched delivery. Their contrasting voices work so well together. "

-Obscure Sound

"Swimmy, bubbly pop doused in woozy holidays--that's the kind of music made by the Gift Machine, a quartet that takes cues from Guided by Voices, Apples in Stereo, Neutral Milk Hotel, and a little Dougie Martsch. It's dreamy and yummily executed"

-Portland Mercury, Portland, OR

"Vista psych-rock trio The Gift Machine's songsmith/multi-instrumentalist Dave Matthies is an engineer of some repute, having played on one of my favorite all-time records, the Glow, Pt.2, by the Microphones. So yeah, I'll be the guy at the Tin Can with the CD and the Sharpie."

-The San Diego Reader

Dave Matthies has created a masterpiece, with Andrea Gruber, named Goodbye/Goodluck.The power pop smarts of "Don't Turn Me Off" are sleeping in a kiddie pool turned sensory deprivation tank. When two voices fit this well together, all things seem possible for humanity. The recorded results are a propulsive backyard party where its ok to nap because you'll besinging along with this for the rest of your life.

-K Records, Olympia, WA

"The Gift Machine followed with a mind-blowing performance. They quickly changed the pace for the night, playing fuzzed-out folk rock with genuinely sweet and gritty songs that showcased the frontman’s songwriting prowess."

-Owl and Bear Live Review, Soda Bar, San Diego, CA