TG was a punk. He had red-spikey hair, wore combat boots and cut-off camouflage shorts. And yeah, he threw bricks at cop cars when he had the chance. But he was never really a bad kid... He played Jazz (brass and strings, but sucked), Classical (brass and ivory, and sucked a lot less), and get this, he not only marched in the High School Marching Band (go Bearcats!) but was also a Drum Major (the dudes in front of the band, twirling the shiny staffs and wearing the big huge hats).
TG grew up a bit, went to college and had a love/hate relationship with the 'Academy.' But on the side he found new ways of making music. A former self-proclaimed tube-freak (if it didn't have four blazing-hot tubes in it, he didn't care), he quickly realized that he was simply being an elitist: an asshole who used the money his parents gave him to buy shiny, expensive toys. Yes, these 'toys' sounded amazing... No doubt. But they were expensive and inaccessible to just about anyone else who wanted to start making music (or just have fun!).
And so, you won't hear any of those expensive toys on TG's recent work. While he draws extensively from his musical past (Jazz, Classical, Punk, Hardcore, Hip Hop), he prefers to keep it simple. No, this doesn't mean that he 'sounds' simple, it just means he prefers to find cheaper and more creative ways to produce interesting sounds and tones. He also uses history... A lot of what you will hear on People & Machines is supposed to sound familiar... It is supposed to evoke a certain sense of 'where have I heard this before?" But, hopefully, presents it in a fresh and new way.