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Toronto-based Pow Wows’ debut album slides head-bobbingly into focus via Get Hip. As far as I’m concerned, pretty much everything about Nightmare Soda wins these sonically-driven slackers a place at the cool kids’ table. Greased lightning, hot rods of rock n’ roll, prepare to get stuck in the mud.

The band is in league with Thee Oh Sees (in the low-fi effervescence of their verses) and the younger Natural Child (in the pragmatic social themes of their choruses and titles). They combine sarcasm, sludge, and blissful psychedelia in a way that makes me think, This album came out in late fall [not summer]? Of course, I guess it’s been mulling on the burner for the past year or so before we heard it. Now that Pow Wows are here (to stay?), the garage scene has a powerful new poser of the query, “What is the point of this post-teenage existence?” - Get Bent


Toronto-based Pow Wows’ debut album slides head-bobbingly into focus via Get Hip. As far as I’m concerned, pretty much everything about Nightmare Soda wins these sonically-driven slackers a place at the cool kids’ table. Greased lightning, hot rods of rock n’ roll, prepare to get stuck in the mud.

The band is in league with Thee Oh Sees (in the low-fi effervescence of their verses) and the younger Natural Child (in the pragmatic social themes of their choruses and titles). They combine sarcasm, sludge, and blissful psychedelia in a way that makes me think, This album came out in late fall [not summer]? Of course, I guess it’s been mulling on the burner for the past year or so before we heard it. Now that Pow Wows are here (to stay?), the garage scene has a powerful new poser of the query, “What is the point of this post-teenage existence?” - Get Bent


Sounds like The Animals wearing leather jackets, Mark Sultan, or what Don Draper listened to in California - CBC


Sounds like The Animals wearing leather jackets, Mark Sultan, or what Don Draper listened to in California - CBC


Pow Wows' arresting new LP Nightmare Soda (on venerable garage imprint Get Hip) disguises the group's hammer-tight playing in a reverb tank that must be roughly the size of the Grand Canyon, but live, they can't hide their precision, their mimimal yet effective arrangements, or those searing guitar leads. - The Globe and Mail


Pow Wows' arresting new LP Nightmare Soda (on venerable garage imprint Get Hip) disguises the group's hammer-tight playing in a reverb tank that must be roughly the size of the Grand Canyon, but live, they can't hide their precision, their mimimal yet effective arrangements, or those searing guitar leads. - The Globe and Mail


Discography

Nightmare Soda LP/CD (Get Hip Recordings)
Killing Me 7" Single (Get Hip Recordings)
Shock Corridor 7" Single (Get Hip Recordings)

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Pow Wows came onto the Toronto underground scene in the summer of 2010. Early gigs set the tone for their reputation as authentic garage and punk rock players, with performances alongside such underground heroes as the Zoobombs and No Bunny. Being loyal children of 1980s technology, the group recorded some impromptu sessions in their rehearsal space and self-released a cassette called Nightmare Soda.

At their next show, opening for legendary Pittsburgh Garage Rock legends The Cynics, the cassette found its way to Cynics Guitarist and Get Hip Recordings co-founder Gregg Kostelich. Within days plans were in motion for the tape to be mastered and pressed onto 180 gram vinyl and released by Get Hip, with a subsequent U.S. tour supporting The Cynics to follow. Further trips to SXSW and various U.S. and Canadian cities have solidified Pow Wows' status as a powerful new band to watch out for with their original brand of off kilter, dark and rhythmic roots punk. The band remains on Get Hip Recordings with 2 singles released on vinyl as well as the heartily celebrated Nightmare Soda LP.