Black Powder County is everything the band's name suggests and more. They have an undoubtedly explosive modern rock feel, while returning to roots of the hard hitting, punchy, raw sounds made famous by bands like Aerosmith, AC/DC, Metallica, Black...
Black Powder County is everything the band's name suggests and more. They have an undoubtedly explosive modern rock feel, while returning to roots of the hard hitting, punchy, raw sounds made famous by bands like Aerosmith, AC/DC, Metallica, Black Sabbath, and Rose Tattoo. They have a sense of danger and that untamed beauty that was synonymous in bands like Guns n’ Roses and Velvet Revolver, and in Black Powder County’s opinion has been the sound and energy missing for far too long. Their explosive rock sound marks the spot for a new beginning and revitalization from a band of rock & roll brothers united by a unbridled desire & passion toward a suddenly brighter future.
Formed in early 2012 Black Powder County is entering its second year with a bang! The band has literally been there and back musically in that short time, and through dedication and perseverance this charged quintet has morphed into a well oiled, fast moving hard rock machine with an incredibly slick sound, the band has come out of it all as a durable and entertaining act in the area. Black Powder County is now in production of their Debut Album, which is due to be available for the public by the end of 2013. It is sure to be an electrifying compilation of their rock roots with the irresistible guitar riffs, and life relating lyrics. The band has reached new heights, both artistically and commercially, so be watching closely as the wait will soon be over….Are you ready for Black Powder County's explosive sound?
“We're all looking for a same thing, and after years of playing the pub/club cover scene with other bands, we each needed to scratch that itch of creating our own music, but that meant getting the right group together to achieve that goal. And that happened when we finally found one another and it was an instant click, like a Black Powder explosion" explains the group's lead guitarist Tim De Quilettes(Decoy) who is a transplant here from Australia.
"We were looking to get back that same feeling we had when we all first started making music, which was writing and creating our own sound to share, and capturing that elusive feeling of success along the way, and of course the pure joy of making music that people can relate to in one way or another".
The idea behind Black Powder County remains a powerful yet simple one. "There is no gimmick here," explains Vocalist Jake Strasheim. "We set out to create music that we enjoy, and can feel proud of playing music that artists we like would want to listen to, along with the people that want to see Rock revived. We don’t want to be tagged as a copycat or try to want to keep up with the Joneses or conform to somebody else’s ideas of how we should be. That's when you can lose focus. So we've just done what we feel is right, and tried to have a great time doing it."
Black Powder County’s sound is defiantly forward-looking and truly fresh in all senses of that word. "Our music is very aggressive, and in your face right out of the gate" says Bass guitarist Manny Narkrong. "There's always been that hard face slapping, wake the hell up and listen element to it, and this band is the first dynamite band that's been around in quite a while”.
For guitarist Chad Sager it's about playing, "We were like a bunch of guys who got together one day and were able to play an assortment of songs with no practice or preparation and have it sound awesome with little effort. That's what it's been like every time we've done something together. We're stoked, like 'Cool, we wrote a kick ass song!' 'Wow, we played another gig!' Maybe that's why this has worked because we love to play and have a feel for it all in a naturally cohesive way, plus I just love to play guitar!
Their soon to be released Debut album is a rock & roll eulogy with a natural raw feel with sonically inspired edginess. It's a Hard Rock rebirth for a new generation, reflecting the bands influences.
Drummer Josh Betschart states," For us the album we are making has to encapsulate the dynamics of the group, along with the energy & growl, just like we have when we play together live." Black Powder County is also not just all about having fast paced riveting rock tunes, there is definitely room for some ballads for the Ladies too.
Vocalist Jake Strasheim states, "The songwriting for the band has taken on a life of its own, as the structures of the songs themselves keep morphing and growing so much from collaboration and creative input from everyone in the group. We have accomplished so much and can use the things we picked up musically to keep the band a well oiled music machine.”
Follow the Black Powder Trail as it ignites and blows some Hard Rock right in your face!