POWERS w/ LIGHTWORK, BABE, DIGITS at THE BOAT (158 Augusta) Thursday, Feburary 17, $6. See listing.
Sometime last spring, members of local stalwarts The Ghost is Dancing decided to rip it up and start again. Laying to rest their orchestral-indie leanings, the group re-emerged (sans one member) in September as a stripped-down electro-shoegaze outfit called Powers. Their new sound relies on a loud, in your-face mix of delay-heavy vocals, guitar, lots of samples and synths, and both programmed and live beats. The layered and immediately catchy result sometimes sounds like a dancier version of The Jesus and Mary Chain. After only a handful of well-attended shows, Powers look poised to leapfrog over the impressive achievements of their old band. We contacted singer/guitarist Jamie Matechuk via email for the latest.
So why did you decide to start over with a new name and sound?
Although we were all in The Ghost Is Dancing, Powers is a new band. TGID ended when we left our label, and it became clear that we were interested in different things musically. We didn't want people coming to a TGID show and not getting the same band. The new sound just reflects what we're into, it's not really a conscious decision. I love sampling now. I want to bring other sounds in outside of the regular band setup. We have songs that have fireworks, a second of an old Motown song, our own voices pitch-shifted up 12 steps, water, walking, broken video game glitches, anything I can twist around. I'll sample anything. All that, with us playing.
The band usually dresses in all while, what's up with that?
White just felt right, if that makes any sense. Oh, and it glows in our black lights. Gold's next, I think.
Any plans for recordings, releases?
We're recording songs all digitally one at a time with Ryan DiCecca-a guy known more for remixes and MIDI stuff. We're building them and writing them as we record. We've got a bunch of songs on the verge of being done, and we only finished writing them a few months ago. That kind of turnaround is really exciting for us. Our plan is to start releasing singles on a bi-monthly basis. I love the idea of putting songs out as they come. We're planning a single and video release for sometime in April. That will officially kick off a continual flow of releases.
What feelings to you hope to elicit from the audience?
I want them to get lost in the sound, that's what we're looking for now. An underwater feeling.
Is there anything else you want people to know about POWERS?
We want people to know next to nothing about us-for now. Except that we exist.