Bad Powers

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Formed by ex-Made Out of Babies members Brendan Tobin guitar, Cooper bass, and Matthew Egan in early 2012 after chameleonic lead singer Julia Christmas left the fold, Brooklyn's Bad Powers stays true to its first incarnation's penchant for unleashing a lightning storm of alternately malevolent and dreamy, angular post-rock
oise-metal that's equal parts Jesus Lizard, Isis, and PJ Harvey. Megan Tweed, who assumed the role left vacant by Christmas, may not have the elastic range of her predecessor, but she wields some truly seismic power that can go from a nervy, semi-conversational Exene Cervenka-esque declaration to a full-on, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Formed by ex-Made Out of Babies members Brendan Tobin guitar, Cooper bass, and Matthew Egan in early 2012 after chameleonic lead singer Julia Christmas left the fold, Brooklyn's Bad Powers stays true to its first incarnation's penchant for unleashing a lightning storm of alternately malevolent and dreamy, angular post-rock
oise-metal that's equal parts Jesus Lizard, Isis, and PJ Harvey. Megan Tweed, who assumed the role left vacant by Christmas, may not have the elastic range of her predecessor, but she wields some truly seismic power that can go from a nervy, semi-conversational Exene Cervenka-esque declaration to a full-on, vintage Perry Farrell wail in the time it takes for the tip of the stick to crack the snare drum, and when she tears through heavier cuts like "New Bruises," "Black Alf," and "Bigger Than We Are," it leaves a vapor trail. That said, the band doesn't limit itself to the cacophonous decibel binge that some of its contemporaries are guilty of, preferring instead to ratchet up the tension by pairing dissonant chord changes and offbeat time changes with mercurial, almost sentimental string parts "Bread and Butter" and cinematic, folk-infused foundations "Chineseish" that owe more to bands like Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and Faith No More than they do Big Black or Shudder to Think. Fans that embraced Made Out of Babies' 2008 unintentional swan song The Ruiner, and then spent the next four years wondering what happened, will find Bad Powers' eponymous debut has most of the answers they were looking for, and while it may lack the slick, studio bark of its precursor, it certainly has the bite.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2012
  • Label: The End Records
  • UPC: 654436028727
  • Catalog Number: 2872
  • Sales rank: 258,223

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 New Bruises (3:09)
  2. 2 Hit Sniffing Dog (4:16)
  3. 3 Eves and Eyes (5:56)
  4. 4 Black Alf (2:58)
  5. 5 Millennium (4:00)
  6. 6 Blueberry (3:31)
  7. 7 Chineseish (4:50)
  8. 8 Electricity Should Be Free (4:07)
  9. 9 Bigger Than We Are (4:35)
  10. 10 Bread And Butter (4:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bad Powers Primary Artist
Eugene Robinson Vocals
Lisa Papineau Vocals
Steve Moore Synthesizer
Brendan Tobin Guitar, Group Member
Cooper Bass Guitar, Group Member
Matthew Egan Drums, Group Member
Liz Hanley Violin
Brian Sanders Cello
Megan Tweed Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Josh Bonati Mastering
Emanuel Ayvas String Arrangements
Jeremy Geddes Cover Art
Bad Powers Composer
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