Have a blast with 3 new songs by NYC/LA duo @givemePowers: “Dance”, “Heavy”, “Man On The Moon”

POWERS, “Dance”, “Heavy”, “Man On The Moon”

I had the good fortune to see NYC/LA duo Powers (guitarist/vocalist Crista Su and bassist/keyboardist/vocalist Mike Del Rio) for the second time last night at Toronto’s Adelaide Hall (where I first saw them open for DNCE in November 2015), and they performed an energetic set for a highly appreciative and dedicated crowd.  Flash forward a few years from their rollicking and infectious “Classic” (with The Knocks) and Powers now mesh more rock flavour into their dance grooves, especially with two of the three songs released from their upcoming album, due (fingers crossed) in June on Republic.  

“Heavy” (above) has another catchy vocal by Crista with a jaunty, almost Caribbean-inspired rhythm married with 80’s pop riffs which could be mashed up with Men At Work’s “Down Under”.  It’s definitely that groove that will keep you moving and some remixers could have fun with it as they have had with some of Powers’ other songs.  “Dance” (video below) is much more aggressive, again recalling 80’s power rock (think Joan Jett’s “Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)”), but loads of fun, with Mike and Crista letting loose in a video that manages to incorporate both a cowboy riding a bull and an astronaut.  “Man On The Moon” (also below) veers away from the danceable side of things for a more alt.rock flavoured, lyrical song with some heavier instrumentation and harmonies at the bridge that still swings with an easier-going groove.

Though it was also great to hear other Powers’ songs like “Sunshine” and the hip hop inspired “Legendary”, I think the immediate future is looking very bright for this talented singing/songwriting duo, who also happen to be terrific, smart, positive folks in speaking with them after last night’s show.  Check out “Heavy”, “Dance” and “Man On The Moon” and pick them up at your favourite online store, and watch for a solid album when it drops later in the Spring or early Summer.

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Retrotastic: “Classic” (@RAC remix) by @TheKnocks featuring Powers


THE KNOCKS featuring POWERS, “Classic” (RAC remix)

It’s the end-of-summer song that could still be an uncharacteristic hit.  And it’s esteemed DJ/producer RAC who has taken “Classic” by fellow dance music makers The Knocks (featuring duo Powers) to another level.  He strips away the song’s original funky edge in favour of a 70’s vibe whose piano riff screams Andrea True Connection.  The song’s easy going and jaunty melody make it a natural for the dance floor.  I loved The Knocks’ take on “Midnight City” (featuring vocalist Mandy Lee) so this collaboration with Powers goes down sooo smoothly.


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