Ripped by: ChrisGoesRock
The appeal of Power is the spontaneous brilliance of live Australian hard rock music. The heat from relentless performances in greasy inner city pubs was strong in the '70s, and the debut albums of many of Australia's greatest bands are testimony to 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 Hotel shows with the collection of songs they recorded at the right moment and turned into 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 that allows the band to relax and let the songs happen when they need to, and to know when to kick it hard. Living in the age of power.
The sound is raw but full, the band recorded live with minimal overdubs, and the songs continually disintegrate into white heat guitar noise before slamming back into manic amphetamine lockstep. In eight numbers, they traverse an entire history of hard rock, electric glitter boogie, thug glam, raw power punk. Strong character. Definite purpose. Something you just cannot control.
Australia has a fine tradition of unleashing awesome punk rock combos on the world. Power is another such band, and their debut album, Electric Glitter Boogie, which is being re-released by the fine folks at In The Red, proves that they are worthy of your attention.
This trio plays grimy, down and dirty punkish rock, that would basically be in the cross section of the Venn diagram between punk, hard rock and garage rock. It’s a primal bashing. The guitar is rightly covered in muck, while the bass and drums lay down one tight and locked in groove.
The title track which opens the album is a shot of high energy mid-paced troglodyte stomp. “Serpent City” goes further down the path laid down by the opener. Not content to just rock you with a dose of high energy boogie, they throw in a couple of fast ones, “Puppy”, “Gimme Head”, and “Rainbow Man”, none of which go that much beyond the two minute mark, just to keep you honest. “Slimy’s Chains” starts outs mid-paced and the accelerates for its finish. The closing track, “Power” is a seven minute thrill ride of crunchy riffs, primal solos and pummeling grooves that will hit you right in your sweet spot.
Electric Glitter Boogie is one nasty shot of rock n roll. Just give into your base instincts and enjoy.
★ Bass: Isaac Ishadi
★ Guitar, Vocals: Nathan Williams
★ Drums: Matt Penkethman
01. Electric Glitter Boogie 04:46
02. Serpent City 05:35
03. Puppy 02:07
04. Gimme Head 02:47
05. Slimy's Chains 04:09
06. Rainbow Man 02:33
07. The Reaper 04:12
08. Power 07:12