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"Saskatchewan Two Piece Keeps Their Eyes on the Prize"

"Noisy, simple, and subliminal."


No, it’s not next-world mind control, but it's close. This is the Ultimate Power Duo, as described by guitarist ScottRP. Though the name suggests a Power Rangers spin-off, it’s really more of a product of late nights and cheap booze. With classic, simplistic, punk rock melodies, the Duo is putting a new spin on an old genre.


"We have a few 40’s of malt liquor and just sort of let our minds and fingers wander," explains ScottRP. "A lot of it is really spontaneous."


The Saskatchewan two-piece’s sound is reminiscent of late-seventies punk, basic but effective. Self-described as "demolition rock" the Duo is really just in it for the fun. With song titles like "Ultimate Power Duo on a Rampage with Elephant Gun" or "Ultimate Power Duo Breaks Your Stuff and Keeps It", it’s easy to tell that the band is having a good time.


"If you’re into it enough you can relate to it, but a lot of it is just funny little ideas and stories that we put together," says ScottRP. "We’re not really into writing songs about high school girlfriends. I think that our name (Ultimate Power Duo) gives us a little bit of freedom to write whatever." Despite their two-man label, the band actually consists of three members. However, the two founders, ScottRP on guitar and Riz on bass, are essentially the Duo. There have been more people on drums then drugs entering Johnny Rotten’s blood stream, yet the band haven’t rolled around on broken glass on stage (at least not yet). Ryan Lipka of the band Five Star Homeless recorded with the band on their first two EP’s, but for a while the drum stool couldn’t stop spinning. Currently Amber Craft from Surface is playing most of the band’s shows. She sits in the Ultimate Power drum stool for this tour.


Scott RP and Riz originally played together in a five-piece called Bant. Unfortunately, the trials that often assault bands in the early stages of life occurred, and Bant broke up. After the dust cleared, they were the last men standing.
"We wanted to be in a power trio, like Cream or something," reflects ScottRP. "But there was only two of us so we were like ‘yeah man, the power duo, it will be ultimate.’ After that, the name just stuck." In August 2002, the Duo discovered a new way to support a party lifestyle.


"Our goal was to just play some shows and make some beer money" says ScottRP "It just went from there. We kept getting more gigs and more beer so we thought ‘hey man, why not throw out a demo?’" That demo became We’re In Control Now, the Duo’s debut EP. By February, that release had made its way to the top of local station 90.5 CFCR’s top thirty. Now, the Duo is promoting their newest release Cone of Silence and in October, they hope to release their third EP, Big in Japan. The title track of that album deals with the problems of out-sizing people in other nations.


The band gained a head start when they took first prize in the XJAM battle of the bands at the University of Saskatchewan’s Louis pub. From there, everything continued to go uphill. The Duo were asked to open for Sloan and Finger Eleven at a show in Vernon, B.C.


Now, they are nominated for an award at the Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMA’s), which will begin with a September 30th show at the Liberty Lounge, as well as at other venues throughout the city. The Duo can also proudly claim their own album production. "We just go in and book the studio" explains ScottRP. "It’s a pretty relaxed way of recording…it takes, like, two days to record, mix, and master."


Distribution? Ultimate Power Duo handles it all. As orders come in, they jump to the burner and start pumping out CD’s.
"Last thing we wanted was a thousand CD’s in our basement that don’t sell" adds ScottRP.
They’re the newest thing to hit Calgary since C2, but they don’t suck. The sound is easy and entertaining, a refreshing change from today’s pop-rock.


But about the future?


"It started out fun and it’s still fun so we’re gonna keep doing it," declares ScottRP "We look forward to doing more and more and keep on making it happen. Hopefully we can make a splash." The second annual WCMA’s will take place from September 30 until October 3, with Bif Naked hosting the finale at the Jack Singer concert hall. For more information on bands and show times visit .

Top 5 two-piece bands ( Besides the Ultimate Power Duo)
The Reflector Mount Royal College Jesse Locke

5) Death From Above 1979: Toronto’s indie-rock hair-farmers.
4) Tenacious D: The Jables and Kage double-team.
3) The Black Keys: Blue-collar blues-rock from Akron, Ohio.
2) The White Stripes: Jack and Meg White, the King and Queen of two-pieces.
1) Simon and Garfunkel: Enough said. - The Reflector Mount Royal College Rob McKnight


"Domination Conspiracy"

Ultimate Power Duo Targets: The Universe


A quick listen to Saskatoon's Ultimate Power Duo is all that's needed for you to know they secretly wish they were the bastard sons of the Ramones, Johnny Thunders, The Who, and The Pixies. Fast paced and dirty to the core, the duo was born from the ethers of late-night alcohol binges, conspiracy theories, and old school garage sessions.

A simple glance at the band's song titles is also a good indicator of what to expect from the two piece: "Ultimate Power Duo Breaks Your Stuff & Keeps It," Ultimate Power Duo vs. Optimus Prime: Round," "Ultimate Power Duo Finds the Human Target" are all toungue and cheek masterpieces of 70's punk-rock inspired noise. "We want to be the biggest band in the world," proudly declares guitarist ScottRP. "Rock 'n' roll dictators, really!"

Simple, primal and basic, Ultimate Power Duo are willing to take on anyone who confronts them (if they don't pick the fight first). I'm pretty sure The Riz (who plays "ultimate power bass") and ScottRP (who plays "ultimate power guitar"), along with one of their nine rotating "ultimate power drummers" (AKDoubleAK being te current regular), probably address themselves in the third person and leave gigantic mess in their wake. They're certainly not shy about tackling controversial issues such as the events taking place in Iraq, the faking of the moon landing, and any onther "lie" being circulated by our televsion news casts and corporate newspapers.

"When we get together we start talking about what's going on in the world. There's a conspiracy behind everything, obviously," claims ScottRP. "If you look at what's been going on for the past couple of years, we're sick of what the media is telling us."

The Power Duo's next EP, Big In Japan, will see the light of day very shortly, and they have their sights set on playing South By Southwest (Texas rock 'n' roll showcase) in March, Europe within the next year-the rest of the world as fast as they can.

"I think the window is there, so why not go for it?" asks the 29 -year-old soon-to-be Master of the known Universe. - See Magazine Edmonton Dec 2/04 Francois Marchand


"Gunning for rock'n'roll"

Gunning for rock'n'roll



By Elaine corden elainecorden@hotmail.com

band geek

With Christmas just around the corner and American Thanksgiving mere moments away, what better time to take in The Nerve magazine's Festival of Guns, a three-day extravaganza of rock'n'roll and hardcore music? In fact, as a writer working for another publication, and as someone who is adamantly anti-gun-glorification, the last place I thought I'd end up this past weekend was a gunfest. Fate, however, is a fickle, apparently gun-totin' mistress.
Dropping in to Pub 340 at the end of a set by White Licorice, I was most surprised to find the evening was part of the Nerve's festival armory. What's more, who knew the evening would be enjoyable? Immediately following White Licorice were Saskatoon's Ultimate Power Duo, a campy, Ramones-heavy trio whose songs tended not to exceed the two-minute mark. With a catalogue that included "Cone of Silence" (in which the group render themselves mute, miming vocals, guitars and drums) and another tune about a man who travels through space to find (Roger) Waters on the (dark side of the) moon, the group are more comedy than musical group, but hey - at least they weren't armed. Like most touring indie musicians, the group didn't have enough money to drive their van back to Hicksville, and thus were forced to peddle CDs and T-shirts like mad to raise funds. Here's hoping they made it.
- Westender Magazine


"Dynamic Duo Takes on World"

A year and a half , two Ep's and a berth atSouth by Southwest. And that's just the beginning for two Saskatoon boys with an eye on world domination.

"Well someone's got to be the biggest band in the world," says Scott Pilling, kown in musical circles as ScottRP.

"Unfortunately right now it's Nickelback, but we'll try to change all that."

RP and childhood friend "The Riz" broke off from other bandmates in Saskatoon to form Ultimate Power Duo after getting frustrated with other players that weren't showing up for practice. The two decided to strike out on their own and pick up different drummers for individual gigs, and played their first show with only four songs under their belt.

"We thought we'd book a show, get some free beer and see what happens, but it gave us encouragement so we keopt writing songs," RP says. "The time's right. Whatever we are doing people seem to like i. No one else is doing what we're doing."

Since then, the pair has put out two EPs and hooked up repeatedly with drummer Amber Kraft, a.k.a AK Doubke AK, who RP says has put in her time" but still isn't a full -time member.

The Duo will remain a duo, RP says, a point on which he is as firm as he is about the band's other aims, which are a virtual punk rock manifesto:

1. The songs are short. "So what if they're a minute long? Tha's our intention. Let's get to the point. Short, fast songs that are over before you know it. We can make our point in a minute and half."

2. The songs titles are long. Try a mouthful like "Ultimate Power Duo Breaks Your Stuff & Keeps It," "Ultimate Power DUo vs. Optimus Prime: Round 1" or "Ultimate Power Duo Reveals Centfifugal Force & Detroit Car Shows."

3. The styles are set. Think late 70's punk influence a la the Ramones. "For us punk is an attitude, it's how you carry yourselves."

4. The terms are simple. "our terms, our rules, our regulations," RP Says. "The band we want to be is the Ultimate Power Duo. We're at the pinnacle of what we want to do as a band. If people like it, cool, if not screw them."

And there's more.

RP says the band won't be releasing full enght albums, favouring multiple EP releases every year to keep things fresh and moving, and Ultimate Power Duo won't be bowing anytime soon to record execs who have suggested a slicker sound. "Some people have said it's kinda lo-fi sounding but that's the point." RP says.

Meanwhile with numerous Canadaina gigs on the way, a show coming up in Texas, and aspirations to tour Europe, RP says predict the bands future.

"We've come this far in a year and a half, and in another year and a half, who knows?" he says.

And the self proclaimed Kings of Demolition Rock have one final message for the fans in the Queen City:

"Tell them we're rock-and-roll dictators," RP says. "Tell them we're rock-and-roll dictators and we're taking over the world by any means necessary." - Jana G Pruden- Regina Leader Post Thur Dec 2/04


"UPD Press Quotes"


"Saskatoon's Ultimate Power Duo began the Junofest carnival by standing for a full minute and a half, facing the center of the darks tage with fists raised. A quiet start for this raucous act. But in solidarity with lean, mean rock n roll lovers everywhere, UPD moved quickly into a hight-octane set of 70's inspired speed-punk, along with a frantic stage presence complete with head shakes, stomps & swings." Saskatoon Star Phoenix Junofest Review April 2/07

"Ultimate Power Duo makes a strong entrance in to the Canadian punk scene with their classic sound." Gateway, U of A, Edmonton, Sept 21/06

"Ultimate Power Duo hail from Canada and sound like they fell into the ocean in ‘77 somewhere around New York after playing 22 shows with the Ramones and woke up in Canada a few decades later with instruments in hand." www.mercurialsound.com



"Their music doesn't sound so much influenced by 70's New York punk as it does seem directly ripped off from the era, as if they were some forgotten CBGB deizens just recently unearthed in Saskatoon, blasting head-down, breakneck punk, 30 years after the fact." Vue Weekly, Edmonton July 20/06



"When I think of Canada now, I'll think of UPD instead of Nickelback, the Montreal Screwjob and hockey." SXSW/06 Reviewwww.itsmyprom.com



“Sweaty rock with a ton of attitude and intense tongue-in-cheek humour that is so engrained in the power duo themselves that their act is like no other around.” Chartattck.com CMW Review Mar 6/06



“Hard aggressive rock sharing something with the authentic, original punk of the British pioneers.” Chartattck.com CMW Review Mar 6/06



“This is no normal rock show, these guys are something special.” Chartattck.com CMW Review Mar 6/06



“The sound is decidedly a throwback to the likes of Black Flag and the Minutemen.” Ottawaxpress.com Feb 23/06



“A raucous live set that sets ears and eyes on fire.” Ottawaxpress.com Feb 23/06



“Making like Joey, Johnny and Dee Dee never died, UPD has a knack for the all-killer-no-filler anthem.” Uptown, Winnipeg Feb 23/06



“It's true punk rock- so pure that UPD needs its own genre.” Uptown, Winnipeg Feb 23/06



“If you want to throw your fist in the air, and bash your head into something and have it over in a minute and a half, then this will be good for you.” Uptown, Winnipeg Feb 23/06



“Ultimate Power Duo has gotten back to the gut-level rock-and-roll basics sorely missing in music today.” Regina Leader Post, Feb 23/06



“A buzz like a shotgun blast has ripped across Canada based on their live shows alone.” Planet S Mag, Saskatoon Jan19/06

"Aging punks with receding Mohawks will likely shed a sentimental tear when they catch the act, whose ultra-low-teck DIY approach, power-punk riffs and schoolboy surrealism bring to mind distant Brisitsh pioneers like the Television Personalities or Jon Otway + Wild Willy Barrett…if this were thirty years ago Ultimate Power Duo would no doubt have been snapped up by a fledging Rough Trade." Georgia Straight, Vancouver July 7-14/05 Vans Warped Tour Preview

These two EPs by the Saskatoon-based Stereolith that is Ultimate Power Duo are both contemporary masterpieces that fall somewhere between Ulysses and The Fall’s Live at the Witch Trials LP in terms of their cultural impact." Nerve Magazine, Vancouver Sept 18/04


"Ultimate Power Duo blends equal parts modern punk and retro Liverpool sounds for an album that is fun from beginning to end." www.ezinearticles.com

"Verging on phenomenon" Georgia Straight Magazine Vancouver July/05



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"UPD frontman offers strong opinions on punk"

UPD frontman offers strong opinions on punk


By Kyle Marr
Tuesday February 22, 2005

Banff Crag & Canyon — Ultimate Power Duo frontman ScottRP has some pretty harsh words about the current state of punk music.

And he says this Saskatoon-based duo is at the forefront of something better, something he calls demolition rock.

“Think about it. Some of the biggest bands in the world right now, they’re kind of ridiculous in my opinion. So I think the opportunity is there. I think that what we are doing and the way we are doing it is different enough that people can see the sincerity in it,” says ScottRP.

As for which bands are among the worst offenders, ScottRP stops short of naming names.

“The list is pretty long. A lot of the punk bands that are calling themselves punk nowadays are more like Bon Jovi was in the late ’80s,” he says.

“I’m not knocking Bon Jovi, he’s had some major hits, but for these punk bands to come out and say we are punk and then sing about holding hands and missing their girlfriends and s__t, you know a true punk guy really doesn’t f__king care about that s__t. The only thing they care about is rock ’n’ roll,” he adds.

Ultimate Power Duo is scheduled to play at the Canmore Hotel Saturday.

When SummitUP caught up with the band, which consists of ScottRP, The Riz and a revolving door of drummers, they were about to mix their new EP, which was recorded the previous week. The EP, the band’s third, is called Big in Japan.

“It’s not about being a big band in Japan, it’s about being physically like a foot taller than everyone there,” says ScottRP. “We thought that was funny. We have a lot of inside humour.”

He admits the group’s song-writing style is a bit unique, to say the least.

“For us, we like that late ’70s punk vibe -- the short songs and shout out some lyrics,” ScottRP says. “It doesn’t matter what you sing about. We have a song about robots. We have a song about German taxicabs. Anyone can write a song about German taxicabs but they choose not to.”

“We’re like take it or leave it, this is us. It’s not intended to be different. That’s just the way it turned out,” he adds.

They call their straightforward, unapologetically punk sound demolition rock.

“We started jamming and thought it would be cool to have some short songs that are straight on full ahead and played with a lot of conviction. You know we just sort of went with that attitude. Part of it is just the way we play, that’s our natural character and how we play. I mean, you can’t copy that or create that, it’s who you are and it comes across in what you play,” he says.

The band also lives by the theory that if you’re not sweating, it’s not rock ’n’ roll, he says.

ScottRP says Ultimate Power Duo is “pretty much on tour all the time.” This marks the group’s second trip to Canmore, with its first, last November, described as one of the best it has had in a long time.

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- Banff Crag & Canyon


"Ultimate Power Duo We're In Control Now! CD Review"

Whoa! There's no denying the power of youth with the right influences. Ultimate Power Duo strip it down to a simple White Stripes/ Ramones axis and pepper it with old school U.K. punk style and bargain basement politics. With lines like "Who's got the oil/ We want it, " what's left to say? No wonder the disc is only 11 minutes long. Never have all the answers sounded simpler" - Chart Magazine


"Chartattack Report CardCMW 2006"

Band: The Ultimate Power Duo
Hometown: Saskatoon, SK
Venue: Rancho Relaxo
Date: March 4, 2006
Reporter: David Missio
Background/
Composition Danko Jones meets The Ramones in one of the most self-congratulatory acts on stage today. You can't say they don't deserve it though.


Grade: 87

Comment:The highest mark given by this reviewer, The Ultimate Power Duo are just that, ultimate, with the exception of the fact they're a trio. Sweaty rock with a ton of attitude and intense tongue-in-cheek humour that is so engrained in the power duo themselves that their act is like no other around. They stand so often with fist in air that by the end you're saluting back accordingly. Besides, after a song titled "Buddy Holly Is The Fifth Ramone," what else can you do?
Wow. There wasn't so much stage banter as there was a fully scripted show placed before us as frontman ScottRP barked at us like a carnie rounding up some rubes to explain rock 'n' roll to them. First there was Buddy Holly, then there were The Ramones and that's all you need to know!
Hard, aggressive rock sharing something with the authentic, original punk of the British pioneers, The Ultimate Power Duo really take no prisoners in their hard-hitting approach which makes the most of power chords and creating a slightly surreal atmosphere. This is no normal rock show, these guys are something special.
Strengths/Weaknesses/Next Step:
Problem Solving: E Though some will invariably criticize them as a novelty act, The Ultimate Power Duo are far from that. The novelty is that their entire act is thoroughly entertaining, solid songwriting, outstanding personalities and the first time I've ever seen a band pretend to play their instruments that aggressively in the epic "Cone Of Silence." You have to see it to understand it. Plus, not to be sexist, but female drummers that can bash a kit that intensely make me happy.

- Chartattack Report card


"POWER UP Ultimate Power Duo Battles Optimus Prime and Nickleback"

The Ultimate Power Duo may have been around for one just one year, but they've already put out 2 EP's , have wo more on the way and have scores more of their distinctive "demolition rock" songs on file.

Their impressive production schedule doesn't come as much of a surprise once you play witness to the local bands impulsive song- writing style over a pint. (Or two, or ten)

So, what's the band's secret? According to Ulitmate Power Duo bassisit The Riz: "Malt Liquor. (Buy a few 40's drink'em and write a couple tunes,"

"It get's crazy. "
says the band guitarist, ScottRP.

"The songs that go one the albums come reall easily. We just make up a riff and start singing" says the Riz.

After a couple more pints, they demonstrate their songwriting talents (minus the power chords and thrumming basslines).

"Scott's been part of most of the riots in Saskatoon," says the
Riz.

"Like when they had the riot on 8th Street after the Blue Jays won the World Series."

"I got tear- gassed AND pepper-sprayed that night'" recalls ScottRP
"Dude, we should write a song about the riot on 8th street," says the Riz.

"Riot on 8th Street!"

"That's good. I like that. 'It's a blast!/ I got pepper gassed on 8th street!" laughs the Riz.

"This is basically how we write songs"

Their Cone of Silence EP debuted at number three on the CFCR charts, the We're in Control Now EP at number one; they won last years XJAM Battle of the Bands at Louis' Pub, played at the Sask Place New Years Eve party, were handpicked to open for Finger Eleven and Sloan at a B.C. concert in June and are set to showcase at this year's Western Canadian Music Awards in Calgary.

They also have a music video for their song, "Ultimate Power Duo vs. Optimus Prime : Round 1" in production by renowned Marvel Comics artist Kaare Andrwes who works on books like Spider-Man, The Hulk, and has previously made a video for Tegan and Sara.

"The best thing is , we're not even in it," laughs ScottRP. "We just sit at home and wait for it to show up."

The video will feature animation mixed with live action of actors wearing boxy robot costumes. Andrews is in the process of filming and has already sent the duo an animated storyboard.

The song's comic book matter is nothing unusual for the Duo, whose interests translate easily into lyrics.

"We're kind of into B-movies, comic books, conspracy thoeries, sci-fi and just whatever we want to write songs about." says the Riz.

"There's enough guys writing songs about why their girlfriend left them but not enough songs about Transformers."

Their next EP, Big In Japan, is already on the way- a sign that their songwriting has not slowed down.

Future song themes include more stuff about comics and b- Movies, as well as tongue-in- cheek social commentary.

One new tune is about how kids in Sweatshops make really comfortable shorts and another is a doozie called "Adolph Hitler's Ice Cream."

"It's kind of a song that talks about the attrocities of the Third Reich and genocide, but it's going to be about Adoph Hitler opening his own ice cream stand and all ice cream is going to be vanilla from now on." says the Riz.

The Duo have a number of gigs lined up for the fall and show no sign of slowing down, although one large hurdle remains for the group.

"We have a revolving door drummer," says the Riz. "We kind of think it would be nice to have the same drummer for the next four or five shows to practice."

Traditionally the "Duo" (who recorded their first two albums with drummer Ryan Lipka of Five Star Homeless) have convinced a random drummer to play shortly before a gig.

Their up coming performance at the Western Canadian Music Awards this fall is a big opportunity, and the duo says they want a drummer that knows their songs.

"There's going to be labels from all over the world and Canada" says ScottRP

Ultimately, the Power Duo's stripped- down dramatic pause saturated sound is earning them fans wherever they play and independent distribution is running strong.

"Record guys really like it , but is it marketable? says ScottRP.

Like Nickelback, They want more of those guys, and we're not that."

"We're the anti-Nickelback", laughs the Riz.

"We like to say we are trying says the Riz, but not too hard."

"We'll just keep doing it and if we can do it full time, great, " says ScottRP

"If not -we'll keep doing it." - Planet S Magazine Matt Goezren


"Ultimate Power Duo- We're In Control Now EP!, Cone of Silence EP CD Review"

Ultimate Power Duo
We’re in Control Now / Cone of Silence
Independent

These guys have been bugging The Nerve to review their indie home-jobs for what seems like months now. More fool us: these two EPs by the Saskatoon-based Stereolith that is Ultimate Power Duo are both contemporary masterpieces that fall somewhere between Ulysses and The Fall’s Live at the Witch Trials LP in terms of their cultural impact.

They have a hit and run studio technique and they tend to keep a stable of Ultimate Power Drummers on hand for recording and gigging at the drop of a hi-hat. There are no less than six of them spread across these two EPs - not that it matters since the requirements are straightforward: it’s all up and down punky goodtime stuff and the endings all come by way of the middle. You can’t really go wrong unless your brain is stupid.

The next one is coming out in October (UPD budget for 5 of these EPs per year.) If the whole enterprise is giving you an uncomfortable They Might Be Giants feel – don’t worry. The UPD are spiky, young and charming where TMBG have those huge foreheads. The music, which seems to really mature all of a sudden on Cone’s “Heil Taxi, Mein Kab”, will please those of you who need The Strokes to be more identifiably human and less like a perfectly executed media stunt by the editors of The Face. Even more heartwarming, for me, is the almost certainly accidental evocation of the all-time champs of basement art, Britain’s Swell Maps.
-Mack


Q-Are you worried that another duo might emerge with four members, giving them an advantage over your three-piece duo concept?

A-No, they'd be too squared. Besides, we'd still kick their ass, even if they were a twelve-piece duo ska band or the New York Phil Harmonic (sic) Duo. Ultimate Power Duo will not be stopped. The power of two, and the noise of three... it can't be better!

Q-What's with the statue of Gandhi in the middle of Saskatoon?

A-Gandhi? I thought that was Diefenbaker.

Q-How do you fit so many drummers in your tour van?

A-We don’t have a van... our drummers do!

Q-I know it seems irrelevant but give me your opinion on Les Claypool (Primus).

A-Les is more I guess. I'm not into supersonic funk and noise wankers… Sometimes one punch to the head is more effective than 20.

Q-Who’s making your video?

A-Kaare Andrews is a Marvel comic book artist from Vancouver. He does it all: Spiderman, Hulk, Beta Band cover art, Tegan and Sara video… and now "Ultimate Power Duo vs. Optimus Prime Round 1". It's cool to see someone so creative, like Leonardo Da Vinci, but this guy can really party. I've been with him in two riots, a handful of arrests, numerous scuffles, and many beers. I even tried to bust him out of a cop car at one riot. The cops left the door open. I said I could cut the cuffs. We never made it that far -- I got pepper-sprayed...

Q-Will your video illustrate what Optimus Prime is doing? Because in the song you ask, “Hey! Over there! Optimus Prime! What are you doing?” but you never actually reveal what he’s doing. There’s talk of “Gobots”. I find it very stressful.

A-It's about the Ultimate Power Duo calling Optimus Prime to step up, or we're gonna take 'em down. We see what he's doing and we take offense: he shouldn't be doing what's he's doing! A confrontation ensues and we step into round 1. Don't stress the Gobots. They're the protagonists.

Q-Why is Saskatchewan so liberal with its licensing yet they throw pot advocate Marc Emery in jail for 3 months for passing out 2 joints? Isn’t that a douche?

A-We have been asked to be part of a benefit concert for Mark Emery. Ultimate Power Duo vs. the Hypocrites. It's important to have a mic in times of need. I am just glad we live in a time when laws and governments take only our best interests into consideration, cause if they didn't then government, lawyers and judges would take too much cocaine and go to war under false pretenses. Whew! I am glad we don't live in a world like that… oh wait!
- the Nerve Magazine- Adrian Mack


Discography

We're in Control Now! (Produced by David J Taylor & Ultimate Power Duo) Release June 24/06
UPD introduces Ultimate Power Duo
Ultimate Power Duo on a Rampage with an Elephant Gun
White Zombie
Buddy Holly was the First Ramone
Ultimate Power Duo vs. Optimus Prime: Round 1
Ultimate Power Duo News Update "The War is Going Good"
Mole Man March
Do Electric Sheep Dream of Ultimate Power Duo?
Ultimate Power Duo Breaks Your Stuff and Keeps it!
Big in Japan
Odin's Other Eye
Heil Taxi! Mein Kab!
Astral Airlines
Ultimate Power DUo Prophesizes Future Record Deal
Ultimate Power Duo Reveals Centrifugal Force & Detroit Car Shows
Ultimate Power Duo Deforms Moon Formation
UPDemocracy
Ultimate Power Duo

Our Side of the Moon EP
Ultimate Power Duo
Mole Man March
Adolf Hitler's Ice Cream
Ultimate Power Duo says "Only You can Prevent Spousal Fires"
Yeahs are the New Ohms
Ultimate Power Duo asks Space Joe "Is there Waters on the Moon?"

Big in Japan EP
Odin's Other Eye
Ultimate Power Duo is Big in Japan
Buddy Holly was the First Ramone
Ultimate Power Duo Prohesizes Future Record Deal
Gimmie Some Power
UPD Progress Report "...the War is Going Good..."

Cone of Silence EP
Ultimate Power Duo Breaks your Stuff & Keeps It!
Obvious Claude Takes the Reigns
Ultimate Power Duo Finds the Human Target
Heil taxi, Mein Kab
Ultimate Power Duo Enters the Cone of Silence
Ultimate Power Duo Deforms Moon Formation

We're In Control Now EP
Ultimate Power Duo on a Rampage with Elephant Gun.
Ultimate Power Duo vs. Optimus Prime: Round 1.
West Nile Denial.
Ultimate Power Duo Reveals Centrifugal Force & Detroit Car Shows.
Duo Lies/ Duel Lies.
We're in Control Now UPD Democracy.

Ultimate Power Duo is also featured on Compilations
War is Going Good- Bridge City Stories/ Passengerside Ent
Yeahs are the New Ohms- CFCR Local Compilation
Odins Other Eye- Never Retreat, Never Surrender Comp
Mole Man March- Canadian Blast SXSW Compilation

Photos

Feeling a bit camera shy

Bio

Ultimate Power Duo, the masters and perveyours of Demolition Rock, have been together for three years. In that time this Saskatoon three- piece duo, have hit the roads and ditches across Canada preaching their form rock n' roll revelation while still managing to release Four EP's in quick succession... each one a blast of
loudtightfast garage rock. With the release of their first full length album "We're in Control Now! Ultimate Power Duo finds itself verging on phenomenon! Big riffs, cocky vocals, frenetic drumming and plenty of “yeahs “ and “uh-huhs” The shows are sweaty and spontaneous, the music is fast, fun and creative, the response is overwhelming...these classic punk rock melodies wrapped in spontaneous musical combustion are in demand. Ultimate Power Duo is The Riz, AKDoubleAK, and ScottRP...remember their names as these will be the first you call as you crawl from the rubble of UPDs' wake of demolition.

Ultimate Power Duo has showcased at SXSW 2006, CMW 2006. WCMA 2006, CMW 2005, WCMA 2005, WCMA 2004, Nerve Festival of Guns, Vans Warped Tour, opened for Sloan and Finger Eleven, Saskatchewan Centennial Shows, receives substantial radio, press support, and live show acclaim, and is featured regularly on CBC Radio 3. Drummer Amber Kraft recently received a drum endorsement from Taye Drums.

UPD is embarking on their first tour abroad which will take place July 2007 in The United Kingdom.

"Saskatoon's Ultimate Power Duo began the Junofest carnival by standing for a full minute and a half, facing the center of the darks tage with fists raised. A quiet start for this raucous act. But in solidarity with lean, mean rock n roll lovers everywhere, UPD moved quickly into a hight-octane set of 70's inspired speed-punk, along with a frantic stage presence complete with head shakes, stomps & swings." Saskatoon Star Phoenix Junofest Review April 2/07

"Ultimate Power Duo makes a strong entrance in to the Canadian punk scene with their classic sound." Gateway, U of A, Edmonton, Sept 21/06

"Ultimate Power Duo hail from Canada and sound like they fell into the ocean in ‘77 somewhere around New York after playing 22 shows with the Ramones and woke up in Canada a few decades later with instruments in hand." www.mercurialsound.com

"Their music doesn't sound so much influenced by 70's New York punk as it does seem directly ripped off from the era, as if they were some forgotten CBGB deizens just recently unearthed in Saskatoon, blasting head-down, breakneck punk, 30 years after the fact." Vue Weekly, Edmonton July 20/06

"When I think of Canada now, I'll think of UPD instead of Nickelback, the Montreal Screwjob and hockey." SXSW/06 Reviewwww.itsmyprom.com

“Sweaty rock with a ton of attitude and intense tongue-in-cheek humour that is so engrained in the power duo themselves that their act is like no other around.” Chartattck.com CMW Review Mar 6/06

“When I think of [Canadia] now, I'll think of them instead of Nickelback, the Montreal Screwjob and hockey.” itsmyprom.com SXSW/06 Review
“Sweaty rock with a ton of attitude and intense tongue-in-cheek humour that is so engrained in the power duo themselves that their act is like no other around.” Chartattck.com CMW Review Mar 6/06

“The Riz barked at us like a carnie rounding up some rubes to explain rock 'n roll to them.” Chartattck.com CMW Review Mar 6/06

“Hard aggressive rock sharing something with the authentic, original punk of the British pioneers.” Chartattck.com CMW Review Mar 6/06

“This is no normal rock show, these guys are something special.” Chartattck.com CMW Review Mar 6/06

“The sound is decidedly a throwback to the likes of Black Flag and the Minutemen.” Ottawaxpress.com Feb 23/06

“A raucous live set that sets ears and eyes on fire.”
Ottawaxpress.com Feb 23/06

“Making like Joey, Johnny and Dee Dee nerver died, UPD has a knack for the all-killer-no-filler anthem.” Uptown, Winnipeg Feb 23/06

“It's true punk rock- so pure that UPD needs its own genre.”
Uptown, Winnipeg Feb 23/06

“If you want to throw your fist in the air, and bash your head into something and have it over in a minute and a half, then this will be good for you.”
Uptown, Winnipeg Feb 23/06

“Ultimate Power Duo has gotten back to the gut-level rock-and-roll basics sorely missing in music today.” Regina Leader Post, Feb 23/06
 
“A buzz like a shotgun blast has ripped across Canada based on their live shows alone.” Planet S Mag, Saskatoon Jan19/06

"Ultimate Power Duo blends equal parts modern punk and retro Liverpool sounds for an album that is fun from beginning to end."  www.ezinearticles.com

“WCMA- Pick of the Festival: Good for Ramones fans, and fans of songs lasting less than one minute.” Vancouver Sun, Oct26/05

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“…Sensing Warped’s cross-generational drift, bassist the Riz kicked off Ultimate Power Duo’s performance by exhorting us to lock up your daughte