"Mashina" is an Israeli rock band, singing in Hebrew, wich was active from 1985 to 1995, and then again from 2003 to the present. They are considered by many to be Israel's most important and influental rock band.
Mashina was founded by singer Yuval Banai, a member of the Banai family, probably Israel's best-known family of entertainers; father Yossi was an actor and singer, as are uncles Gabri and Ya'akov, along with most of Yuval's cousins. During his army service he met guitar player Shlomi Bracha and the two started playing music together. A friend of theirs, a recent Russian immigrant, suggested they call their band "Mashina Vremeni", which means "time machine" in Russian (this suggestion may have been inspired by the well-known Russian rock band Mashina Vremeni of the 60's and 70's).
After the army service the two split up, but later re-met and formed the band "Shlom Ha-Tzibur" ("Public Safety"). They eventually teamed up with bassist Michael Benson and drummer Igi Dayan as Mashina; in 1985, they released their self-titled debut, which quickly became a hit on the Israeli charts. Later Avner Hodorov joined the band on keyboard and saxophone. They gained widespr...