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"The Powers That Be - Concert Review"

The Powers That Be
November 6, 2007
Harper’s Ferry
Allston, MA

ALLSTON—Building upon a recent flurry of local dates, Boston-based The Powers That Be delivered a sprawling set at Harper’s Ferry on Tuesday evening. Despite the addition of new bassist Jon Kolar, the quartet seemed tighter than ever bouncing from bluesy ballads to amped-up pop affairs. The group opened the 45-minute set with “Perception,” lead singer Andrew Fatato’s pointed observation on modern life. Show highlight “Sunshine Slow” gave Fatato’s nimble vocal chords some room to breathe. Anchored by the emotive fretwork of lead guitarist Ryan Jeffrey and the frenetic beat of drummer Pete Koopmans, The Powers That Be delivered on the promise suggested by earlier outings. Now that a steady lineup seems to be in place, Tuesday night’s show may be a sign of greater things to come.

- Patrick McQueen - Soundwrench Blog


The Electric Above EP (2007)



The Powers That Be, founded in Boston, November of 2006, are a rock, blues, funk ensemble with influences ranging from Bill Withers to Jimi Hendrix. The Powers That Be are made up of Andrew Fatato, 21, on vocals and backing guitar, Ryan Jeffrey, 20, on lead guitar, Pete Koopmans, 21, on drums, and Jon Kolar, 19, on bass.

Andrew Fatato and Ryan Jeffrey founded The Powers That Be as a backing band for Andrew’s little brother. Andrew’s brother had been stood up by his band before a battle of the bands and had asked Andrew to help. What would become The Powers That Be were formed for just this purpose, but it soon took a life of its own. After progressing to the final round of Emergenza in Boston, recognized as one of the best among an original pool of approximately 300 bands, the final members were eventually locked in, and they began writing and developing a sound of their own.

The Powers That Be, voted 11th best unsigned band in Boston by a panel of Emergenza judges, have performed in Boston at various music clubs including The Middle East; Bill’s Bar; The All Asia Cafe; Harper's Ferry; The Paradise Rock Club; and Avalon. They recently completed their first EP, The Electric Above, and are currently working on building their already faithful following. While their audience is primarily a college-aged demographic, they have a wide range of appeal. With the release of their EP and continued booking around Boston and the surrounding area, The Powers That Be will continue to gain stature in the Northeast music scene and beyond.