The Powerchords were a band that slipped through the cracks back in 2008, but thankfully I caught onto the quartet from Chula Vista last year and they’ve stuck around for another release in 2010. Their debut album Think I’m Gonna is an amazing accomplishment, considering the comparatively narrow punk pop formula the band is working with. While the music clearly descends from the Buzzcocks/Adverts/Undertones realm, the sound of that era is not replicated (as the Exploding Hearts did, albeit with great results) and the songs from that era are not recycled (as, well, tons of punk bands have been doing for three decades). Somehow these guys were able to string together a dozen-plus songs of bouncy, catchy, edgy pop with new melodies and little to no aping. “Think I’m Gonna” and the Dickies-meets-Cheap Trick “Dream Girl” are two of a bunch of stellar power pop/punk hits and can be sampled on their Myspace page.
This year has treated us to another Powerchords 7″. “Nightmare” b/w “Torture” inexplicably continues to pump more mileage out of the late-70s UK punk-pop scene. While the release won’t win any “bang for your buck” awards (total listening experience will clock in under 3 minutes, and that includes the time it takes to flip the vinyl) it’s still two solid cuts that’ll bop through your body and beg for repeated listens. I heartily welcome another 5 releases likes this (and a singles collection, natch) and have no qualms with putting this band on a pedestal with other incredible groups with unassuming band names (e.g. The Records, The Boys, et al).
Powerchords – Nightmare (from Nightmare 7″)
Powerchords – Throwing Up (from Think I’m Gonna)