These Are Powers

Don't fear the future. These are Powers have come to conjure the new musical golden age you've been waiting for--one of insistence, intensity, and light. And yes, you can dance to it. These Are Powers are known for the dissonance of their early recordings, a cacophony of rhythms and industrial/electronic experiments that recalled Throbbing Gristle one moment, DNA the next. Once rule-breakers, the band is now rewriting those rules with a newfound focus: behold All Aboard Future. Exotic, abstract, hand-crafted sounds--made, found and electronically born--underscore each of these nine songs. Some wail from Pat Noecker's prepared bass; others stem from the idiosyncratic vocal and guitar style of Anna Barie. The two trade off vocal duties, and in the process dissonant sounds become melodies held together and torn apart in fits by Bill Salas' electro-acoustic beats. At first listen, much of Salas' rhythmic contribution sounds as if it could be pre-programmed, but these abstract rhythms are all performed live, interspersing nods to Timbaland with an appreciation for a car crash's metal-on-metal grind. Ferocious and unhinged, when These Are Powers perform live, it is a kind of spiritual journey, a futuristic fire dance hailing from Chicago and Brooklyn. The bass smolders, topping its low-end sub-rumble with a high-end flutter; abstract beats emanate from the electro-acoustic stand-up drum kit. And piercing through is Anna Barie's guitar while she and Noecker call and respond. Barie blasts through a litany of expressive guitar sounds and full-throated yelps and howls with a confrontational, explosive energy that often finds her entangled with audience members, leaping through the air, or sprawled on the floor in front of the stage. With All Aboard Future, These Are Powers have embraced collaborators, demonstrating their participating in not only a music community, but a community of ideas. The band invited 13 artists from Chicago, New York and Beijing to interpret All Aboard Future, either drawing from the musical ideas of the album or solely the album title. The artwork adorns the pages of All Aboard Future's accompanying booklet. Photography, painting, collage, text and more--the record becomes the collective expression of artists creating in many media. All Aboard Future was written and recorded in Chicago during the summer of 2008, and follows the band's 2007 debut LP, Terrific Seasons, and 2008's six song Taro Tarot. All Aboard Future is not just a new album from These Are Powers. It's a seismic shift. A new idea. And the sentiment is real. All Aboard Future!

Video Of THESE ARE POWERS Performance At The Dig For Fire SXSW Lawn Party Emerges

As they would say in the sporting world, Chicago/Brooklyn art-dance-punk trio THESE ARE POWERS “left it all on field” in each of the group’s many electric, throbbing performances at the festival. A video of the These Are Powers at the Dig For Fire SXSW Lawn Party is now available at Babelgum.com. Check out the video by clicking right HERE.

Meanwhile, These Are Powers have several shows lined up over the next couple months, including an appearance at Canada’s NXNE music festival. Check out all the dates by heading HERE.

THESE ARE POWERS Featured In Art World Docu-Comedy Film To Premiere At Tribeca Film Festival

A “Punk-fueled docu-comedy” that tears the business side of the art world apart – sounds about pitch-perfect for a soundtrack featuring the likes of Peelander-Z, The Willowz and Dead Oceans’ own THESE ARE POWERS. The Brooklyn/Chicago band’s song “Easy Answers” leads the list of songs on the soundtrack to filmmaker Michael Sladek’s “Con Artist,” which was recently selected to premiere at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival.

Sladek spoke with indieWIRE about the film HERE.

A bit about the film: “Part probing documentary, part character-driven black comedy, Con Artist examines themes of art, money, celebrity and fakery through the career of Mark Kostabi. A successful art world pariah, Kostabi rocketed to fame and fortune in the 1980s with a gimmick: to mass-produce and sell thousands of paintings per year, conceived and executed not by himself, but by a revolving stable of hired hands. However, his brazen greed, self-promotion and outrageous lampooning of the art industry eventually caused a remarkable fall from grace.”

Visit the “Con Artist” Web site HERE.

THESE ARE POWERS Host Brooklyn Vs. Chicago Podcast For Urb

Dead Oceans’ bi-city art-dance-punk trio THESE ARE POWERS recently hosted a podcast for Urb.com, choosing to pit the music scenes from the cities they call home against one another – calling the set “BK vs. Chi.”

Visit Urb.com HERE to download the Second City vs. Big Apple jams selected by These Are Powers

These Are Powers – Urb Podcast Tracklist:
Lauren Flax – you’ve changed feat. Sia
Pit Er Pat – The Cairo Shuffle
Eliot Lipp – Beamrider
Mahjongg – Free Grooverider
Gatekeeper – Slow Walk
Telepathe – Chromes On It (Kingdom remix)
Arp – St. Tropez
Noveller – Hair Tapes
Magic is Kuntmaster – Forget Her
Salem – When You Sleep
Birdnames – New Mexico
Boolo Master – Drop Pop, Drop Hop

Spin Shows Love For THESE ARE POWERS, premieres new song from All Aboard Future

Spin recently showed some serious love for THESE ARE POWERS and the band’s hot-off-the-press debut album for Dead Oceans All Aboard Future, calling album cut “Adam’s Turtle” a “clamorous affair, with trunk-rattling bass and vocalist Anna Barie’s eerie chants…But underneath the surface, the song finds swagger in jagged guitar and driving drums, giving an anchor to these otherwise freeform sounds.”

Check out the full article HERE.

And download the mp3 for “Adam’s Turtle” from the Dead Oceans site HERE.

Also, some colorful, spirited photos from the All Aboard Future release party at Secret Project Robot can be peeped right HERE, and check footage of the performance below.


These Are Powers – Life of Birds from Jon Dobrowolski on Vimeo.

Booking Agent Contact

USA:
Derek Becker
The Windish Agency
derek@windishagency.com
ph: (773) 489-3500
web: http://windishagency.com/

UK/EU Booking:
Marie Tippex-Duncan
JULIE TIPPEX BOOKING
Bonniol-Riep, Schlesische Str. 38, VH 2.OG, 10997 Berlin, Germany
Mob 49 (0) 151 2126 1108
Skype 49 (0) 30 7153 5528
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