Federation of Horsepower
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Federation of Horsepower


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""When it goes off, it alters the universe""


'Stay Down'

(Kafka the Dog) | by Tim Finn

The Feds is a rock band like Olympus Mons is a volcano: When it goes off, it alters the universe. Without a whiff of pretense or a dab of cosmetic polish, it unleashes a bone-cracking pummel and convulsive vocal/guitar roar.

Yet it sustains enough groove and tune (with some harmonies!) to give listeners something to grab onto during the wild, rollicking ride.

The sound is decidedly Motor City gutbucket rock, but it has some AC/DC ("Sin Wagon") up its sleeve, too; and "Dog," its idea of a "ballad," is sweet and grimy, like something killed and grilled by Aerosmith and Ted Nugent.

Gregg Todt is the singer, and he squalls like a few other "Killa City" screamers, including Ernie Locke and R.J. Mattes. He has a bruising rhythm section and a lead guitarist who can play whatever role is needed, sniper or rocket launcher.

So here's a proposal — our music scene's version of an UFC throwdown: Put the Federation, the Architects and the Last of the V8s in the same room and see who brings down the first load-bearing wall.
- Kansas City Star

"Our Critics Picks"

FEDERATION OF HORSEPOWER These guys are heavy. So heavy, in fact, that organizers actually asked them to turn down the volume at a North Texas biker rally—a biker rally with Ted Nugent on the bill, no less. That’s friggin’ heavy. Somewhere between Fu Manchu and AC/DC, Kansas City, Mo.’s Federation of Horsepower rock the riffs fantastic with a minimum of polish and a maximum of raw, testosterone-fueled thunder. And the best part—after this show at Nashville’s favorite dive bar, they play the next evening at...you guessed it! A biker rally. Let’s see how many dBs the Ton Up biker club can handle. —JACK SILVERMAN - Nashville Scene

"Kansas City Click"

Kansas City Click: I used to catch rides to school from a guy who would crank UFO and Judas Priest every morning. Federation of Horsepower remind me of that dude. - There Stands the Glass Music Blog

"Bringing Back Sweaty"

"Justin Timberlake brought back sexy. We're bringing back sweaty," says Federation of Horsepower's lead singer and guitarist, Gregg Todt. One of Kansas City's more ferocious quartets, Federation makes visceral rock that lacerates ears with loose, loud sounds and grips the imagination with refreshingly audible (for metal) lyrics. These days, this workhorse band includes the fresh, goateed face of guitarist Troy Van Horn, a beef who sports a mop of smooth, jet-black hair and shreds like an old-school thrash hero. After four years of steady labor, the foursome promises a debut album by Mother's Day, tentatively titled Stay Down and filled with all the juicy, slicing rock these boys were made to serve up. Join the sweatfest for an early Boozeday Tuesday matinee at the Brick. - The Pitch


Our debut album Stay Down (2007 Kafka the Dog)
is now available at shows, at KC area retailers,
and at http://www.kafkathedog.com.

Also available thru iTunes and CD Baby



Fast cars, late nights in smoky back rooms,
the smell of stale beer and cigarette smoke,
sin, redemption and more sin...these are just
a few of the themes present in the music of
Kansas City�s Federation of Horsepower.
They�re not new themes...the subject matter
is well-worn...but lets face it kids...this isn�t
rocket science...it�s rock-n-roll! Your first
kiss, your first black eye, your first high
speed chase, your first night in a Mexican
jail cell with a balloon full of something
illegal up your ass...whatever the case,
you�ll find a little bit of all of that on tap here...
served up fast , loose and loud...
just like Grandma used to make.
The Federation of Horsepower...
They don�t wanna save the world...
they just wanna make noise.