Fall / Winter 2019
Festivals / One-Offs / To Support
The appeal of Power is the spontaneous brilliance of live Australian hard rock music. The heat from relentless live performance in the greasy confines of the inner city pub was strong in the 70’s circuit, and the debut LPs of many of Australia’s greatest bands are the testimony of many late nights twitching and sweating it out. read more…
The appeal of Power is the spontaneous brilliance of live Australian hard rock music. The heat from relentless live performance in the greasy confines of the inner city pub was strong in the 70’s circuit, and the debut LPs of many of Australia’s greatest bands are the testimony of many late nights twitching and sweating it out.
Troglodyte rock music and inner city Melbourne have always made sense. Every week there have been bands playing fast and loose. 2014 was the year Power stepped up, and immediately earned comparison to Melbourne’s Coloured Balls, sharing that edge of menace in their affection for boogie rock and the same air of familiarity with aforementioned greasy confines. Power hosted their own weekly residency in this city, kicking through backyard parties and seemingly hundreds of Tote shows with the collection of songs they recorded at the right moment and turned into their debut LP Electric Glitter Boogie.
The result has the savage drive of their live sound, the bolts tightened to threadbare, and is carried by that supreme confidence and determination any band gets when they know what they are doing and can relax and let the songs happen when they need to, and when the songs need it, they know when to kick it hard. This kind of confidence is intoxicating to exalt in. Living in the age of power.
The sound is raw but full, the band recorded the songs live with minimal overdubs, and the songs continually disintegrate into white heat guitar noise before slamming back into manic amphetamine lockstep. In 8 songs, they traverse an entire history of hard rock, electric glitter boogie, thug glam, raw power punk. Strong character. Definite purpose. Something you just can not control.
“Power are doing glam rock boogie at its most beer-drunk, fuzz-slathered, and dexterous. It’s awesome.” – Pitchfork
“I think this thing is more indebted to the heaviest and most driving of NWOBHM than anything else, with a healthy portion of the old Ausie grillfat rock (more Rose Tattoo than Coloured Balls) and the unbridled energy of hardcore punk. This is the sound swinging chains, switchblades, loose broads and fists in faces – what I always hoped stuff branded as “biker rock” would sound like.” – Terminal Boredom
“Raw with the right elements of gutter glam, pub drunk punk, riff-heavy rock and crunching noise, this is music of the past for the future. They bond over Coloured Balls, have the roaring intensity of MC5, and the staggered swagger of Bolan channelling Allin.” – Sonic Masala