San Francisco garage three-piece Pow! envision a post-apocalyptic world where cheap taco joints have been replaced by high-end cafés. Ostensibly a eulogy for an affordable San Fran, it's a sentiment like-minded folks in our fair city may relate to as well.
Considering the gravity of the subject, it's odd that Pow! produce so little angry, punk-like furor. Their message is delivered with a foreboding groove - less urgent but a hell of a lot creepier. Vertical Slum builds a spacey, engulfing trance, and haunting album closer Fire Hose's pummelling synth-driven rhythms would've suited A Clockwork Orange perfectly.
Garage rock is often stripped down to a formula: bratty kids playing quickly and poorly for sheer, visceral pleasure. Pow! abstain from that, choosing instead penetrating two-minute warning signs.
Top track: @ The Station