FOC Records is proud to announce the release of "Through The Air", the new EP from the Boston-based rock band Powderhouse. The new album, available as both a CD and a download starting Nov. 13 2012, is comprised of 6 original songs written by lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Teresa Mastrorilli. With a sound that combines alt-country, garage rock, power-pop and classic rock, Powderhouse sounds like a band that has combination of Kathleen Edwards, Liz Phair and Beth Orton fronting Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers. Produced by multi-instrumentalist Ray Boyce, the album was recorded and mixed by Ray at FOC Studios in Newton MA and mastered by Tom Waltz at Waltz Mastering in Watertown MA.
On the new EP, the band displays a maturity, fluidity and diversity that only years of playing together can produce. The opening track, “Sheepskin Hollow”, is reminiscent of the Laurel Canyon sound of the 70’s, while both “Achilles” and “Slow Motion” reveals the band's roots in the alternative rock scene of the 90’s. The band then seamlessly switches gear with the country twang of “Dear Georgia”. The album closes with the power-pop shimmer of “Gotta Be With You” and “Don’t Let Me Down Again”. Teresa feels that these are some of the best songs she’s ever written, and the band plays with confidence and energy, which is reflected in the album’s tight arrangements and self-assured performances. Here’s what Jonny Katz of UnRegularRadio had to say after the band previewed the new album during a recent on-air performance:
“I may be a huge fan of bands with women singers, but when it comes to Powderhouse I like them as much as any band. Powderhouse is an Indie Rock band that could ride the edge of a few other genres as well, extremely talented and hard to turn off, they will be playing on my iPhone for a while.”
Powderhouse first came together at the end of 2006, when Teresa approached the veteran rhythm section of Kevin Moylan and Ray Boyce (x-Returnables, x-The New Thirty) to help her record some of her songs. Things went so well that they decided to form a band. Powderhouse played their debut gig to a packed house at P.A.’s Lounge in Somerville in May of 2007, and since then has played very successful shows at top clubs throughout the Boston area, including Church, Precinct, T.T. the Bear’s Place, Davis Square Theatre, Oliver's Nightclub, All Asia Bar, Copperfield's and Bill’s Bar. After adding lead guitarist Fred Pickard and keyboardist Art DaPrato to the line-up in 2008, Powderhouse started recording their full-length debut album, "In The Meantime" (released July 2010 and available on CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon MP3, eMusic, Spotify and elsewhere). The track "Keeping My Heart" was voted onto the Top 5 Local Song Poll on WZLX/Boston Emissions for 4 straight weeks and songs from the album received airplay on both terrestrial and Internet radio. Positive reviews of the album appeared in The Deli Magazine, Metronome Magazine, WomensRadio Music Review and elsewhere. Powderhouse has twice been selected to play the International Pop Overthrow Festival (2009 & 2010) and was featured as the "Soundtrack" artist of the day on "The Morning Show" on NECN Television in February of 2011 and again in January of 2013. Several Powderhouse songs were also placed in the soundtrack of the independent film "Wingman", which had its world premiere in May of 2011.
The band celebrated the release of the new EP with a CD Release Party at The Hard Rock Cafe in Boston MA on Saturday Dec. 1st 2012. Powderhouse is planning on more gigs in and around the Northeast during the coming year in order to support the new release. For more information, please contact Teresa Mastrorilli at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teresa Mastrorilli - Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Ray Boyce - Bass, Backup Vocals
Kevin Moylan - Drums.
Fred Pickard - Lead Guitar, Backup Vocals
Art DaPrato - keyboards
Through The Air (2012). Six song EP released Nov. 13, 2012 on FOC Records. Available as a CD and in multiple digital formats.
In The Meantime (2010). Full-length (12 song) album released July 27 2010 on FOC Records. Available as a CD and in multiple digital formats.
" I like this record very much...the melodies are all instantly hummable"
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"I don’t ever foresee a time when I don’t appreciate a solidly constructed set of power pop tunes, w..."I don’t ever foresee a time when I don’t appreciate a solidly constructed set of power pop tunes, which means I like this record very much. For the most part, it’s more pop than power, but being children of the ’90s (or so I assume), Powderhouse isn’t afraid to throw some fuzzed-out guitar into the mix. Teresa Mastrorilli’s voice has a pleasant lilt, which makes me think of the band as a slightly countrified version of Boy Wonder. The songs are mostly mid-tempo, but they all have life. While the melodies are all instantly hummable, at no point do they feel derivative or overly familiar. The six songs serve as a nice appetizer. I’m ready for the main course." - Kevin Finn, The Noise, March 2013
"...an Indie Rock band that could ride the edge of a few other genres as well, extremely talented and hard to turn off..."
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"I may be a huge fan of bands with women singers, but when it comes to Powderhouse I like them as go..."I may be a huge fan of bands with women singers, but when it comes to Powderhouse I like them as good as any band. Just like music should be, girl or guy when we all come together and make a cool sounds, it's the only important thing. Powderhouse is an Indie Rock band that could ride the edge of a few other genres as well, extremely talented and hard to turn off, they will be playing on my iPhone for a while." - Jonny Katz, The Boston Local Music Show (UNregularRadio.com), Oct. 11, 2012
"Jangling, introspective power-pop..."
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"Jangling, introspective power-pop led by Teresa Mastrorilli’s guileless vocals are the perfect comp..."Jangling, introspective power-pop led by Teresa Mastrorilli’s guileless vocals are the perfect complement to Art DaPrato’s fine keyboard accompaniment, Fred Pickard’s understated lead & rhythm guitar, Ray Boyce’s bolstering 6 & 12-string guitar and bass lines and Kevin Moylan’s spot-on timekeeping. This young band has created a solid musical debut (sic) that will act as a fine stepping stone for great things to come. College friendly tracks include the hip, Byrds infused album opener “Sheepskin Hollow”, the bouncing “Gotta Be With You”, and the sassy, in-your-face “Don’t Let Me Down Again”". - Douglas Sloan, Metronome Magazine, February 2013
"12 tracks of very enjoyable, Liz-Phair-circa-Exile-In-Guysville, straight up rock music."
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"Judging from the cover of Powderhouse's in the meantime, a water color-ish picture of a starry nigh..."Judging from the cover of Powderhouse's in the meantime, a water color-ish picture of a starry night sky with a silhouette of a woman in the lotus position on top of a hill, I expected to be tortured with some new-age stylings and maybe some Native American pan flute. I was pleasantly surprised when what I got instead was 12 tracks of very enjoyable, Liz-Phair-circa-Exile-In-Guysville, straight up rock music. Theresa Mastrorilli has that same sexy deep voice that was put to such great use on that classic record from 1993; and it certainly doesn't hurt that she's backed by a fantastic band." -George Dow, The Deli Magazine, April 13, 2011.
"A happy-go-lucky pop-rock attitude that screams “play me loud”!"
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"Batting second this week on “The Plug” is a group which hails from the east bank of the Charle..."Batting second this week on “The Plug” is a group which hails from the east bank of the Charles River in the city of Newton, MA … the band is called Powderhouse and their song, “Kilimanjaro” reminds the listener of hiking trips and vacations which have yet to be executed with a happy-go-lucky pop-rock attitude that screams “play me loud”!" -Brian Ball, Director of Music and Talent, WomensRadio, Jan. 19, 2011.
"...an upbeat set of originals that will hit the college listening crowd square in the face."
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Boston garage-rockers Powderhouse are led by the lead vocal prowess and songwriting of Teresa Mastro...Boston garage-rockers Powderhouse are led by the lead vocal prowess and songwriting of Teresa Mastrorilli. Joined by bandmates Fred Pickard on guitar, Art DaPrato on piano and keys, Ray Boyce on bass, guitar, mandolin and harmonica, and Kevin Moylan on drums, Powderhouse delivers an upbeat set of originals that will hit the college listening crowd square in the face. Best tracks: the bouncing "Kilimanjaro", the simple twange of "Even Though", the rock & roll drive of "Pick You Up", "Coffee Shop Girls", and the Cars-inspired "Too Far Gone". -Douglas Sloan, Metronome Magazine, October 2010.
"...the guitar leads sounding like Neil Young fuzzed out..."
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"The sound is shiny bright and everything is played quite right...the guitar leads sounding like Nei..."The sound is shiny bright and everything is played quite right...the guitar leads sounding like Neil Young fuzzed out...these tunes I can truly tout." - The Noise (Magazine), November 2010.
High Octane Folk Rock
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"Back for their second straight IPO Boston is Powderhouse, one of my fave bands on the Boston scene!..."Back for their second straight IPO Boston is Powderhouse, one of my fave bands on the Boston scene! Fortified by the lead vocals of Teresa, and the bass playing of Ray Boyce (whose previous band, The New Thirty, also played IPO Boston), their brand of high octane folk rock is very, very cool!" -David Bash, International Pop Overthrow Festival, Nov. 3, 2010
Strong, assured lead vocals...
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"Some rollicking rock 'n roll sounds are the order of the day with Powderhouse, a new band on the sc..."Some rollicking rock 'n roll sounds are the order of the day with Powderhouse, a new band on the scene. Powderhouse features the strong, assured lead vocals of Teresa Mastrorilli. What sets them (Powderhouse) apart is their energy on stage and the fun they have while performing that they share with the audience." -David Bash, CEO, International Pop Overthrow Festival, Official Program and Guide, November 2009
Getting to Know: Powderhouse
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Each week, we take a look through our Sonicbids dropbox and let a band tell us about themselves. Thi...Each week, we take a look through our Sonicbids dropbox and let a band tell us about themselves. This week, get to know Powderhouse. You can catch them at T.T. the Bear's on Wednesday, February 25.
For a typical club gig, Powderhouse will play a 40-45 minute set of 10 or 11 original songs. However, we have enough material to play 90 minutes of original music. Occasionally, we will also play a fairly obscure cover song as part of our set.
If requested (for private functions, festivals, etc.), Powderhouse can add additional cover songs to a set in order to appeal to a wide audience. Here's a partial list of cover songs in our repetoire:
I Need to Know (Tom Petty)
Look at Miss Ohio (Gillian Welch)
Buick City Complex (Old 97's)
Sex on Fire (Kings of Leon)
Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash)
I Lost It (Lucinda Williams)
Driver 8 (REM)
Too Far Apart (Wilco)
Dry Land (Buffalo Tom)
Just My Imagination (Rolling Stones)
I Must Be High (Wilco)
Here Comes Your Man (Pixies)
Flake (Jack Johnson)
Come Together (Beatles)
Treehouse (Buffalo Tom)
It's All Over Now (Rolling Stones)
Sympathy for the Devil (Stones)
Mr. Jones (Counting Crowes)
Harvest Moon (Neil Young)
Passenger Side (Wilco)
Here are links to video of 4 live performances:
Church (IPO Festival, Nov. '09): http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=A686C64EE5AA3D7E
T.T. the Bear's Place (Feb. '09): http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=BEA059A466081424
Church (Jan. '09): http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=8153C866190BBE11
Bill's Bar (Nov. '07): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZFEw0Q8HXs
There are no upcoming dates at this time.