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Powderhouse Releases New EP "Through The Air"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOVEMBER 2012 BOSTON MA
FOC Records is proud to announce the release of Through The Air, the new EP from the Boston-based rock band Powderhouse. The new album, available as both a CD and a download starting Nov. 13 2012, is comprised of 6 original songs written by lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Teresa Mastrorilli. With a sound that combines alt-country, garage rock, power-pop and classic rock, Powderhouse sounds like a band that has combination of Kathleen Edwards, Liz Phair and Beth Orton fronting Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers. Produced by multi-instrumentalist Ray Boyce, the album was recorded and mixed by Ray at FOC Studios in Newton MA and mastered by Tom Waltz at Waltz Mastering in Watertown MA.
On the new EP, the band displays a maturity, fluidity and diversity that only years of playing together can produce. The opening track, “Sheepskin Hollow”, is reminiscent of the Laurel Canyon sound of the 70’s, while both “Achilles” and “Slow Motion” reveals the band's roots in the alternative rock scene of the 90’s. The band then seamlessly switches gear with the alt-country sound of “Dear Georgia”. The album closes with the power-pop shimmer of “Gotta Be With You” and “Don’t Let Me Down Again”. Teresa feels that these are some of the best songs she’s ever written, and the band plays with confidence and energy, which is reflected in the album’s tight arrangements and self-assured performances. Here’s what Jonny Katz of UnRegularRadio had to say after the band previewed the new album during a recent on-air performance:
“I may be a huge fan of bands with women singers, but when it comes to Powderhouse I like them as much as any band. Powderhouse is an Indie Rock band that could ride the edge of a few other genres as well, extremely talented and hard to turn off, they will be playing on my iPhone for a while.”
Powderhouse first came together at the end of 2006, when Teresa approached the veteran rhythm section of Kevin Moylan and Ray Boyce (x-Returnables, x-The New Thirty) to help her record some of her songs. Things went so well that they decided to form a band. Powderhouse played their debut gig to a packed house at P.A.’s Lounge in Somerville in May of 2007, and since then has played very successful shows at top clubs throughout the Boston area, including Church, Precinct, T.T. the Bear’s Place, Davis Square Theatre, Oliver's Nightclub, All Asia Bar, Copperfield's and Bill’s Bar. After adding lead guitarist Fred Pickard and keyboardist Art DaPrato to the line-up in 2008, Powderhouse started recording their full-length debut album, In The Meantime (released July 2010 and available on CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon MP3, eMusic, Spotify and elsewhere). The track "Keeping My Heart" was voted onto the Top 5 Local Song Poll on WZLX/Boston Emissions for 4 straight weeks and songs from the album received airplay on both terrestrial and Internet radio. Positive reviews of the album appeared in The Deli Magazine, Metronome Magazine, WomensRadio Music Review and elsewhere. Powderhouse has twice been selected to play the International Pop Overthrow Festival (2009 & 2010) and was featured as the "Soundtrack" artist of the day on "The Morning Show" on NECN Television in February of 2011. Several Powderhouse songs were also placed in the soundtrack of the independent film "Wingman", which had its world premiere in May of 2011.
The band celebrates the release of the new EP with a CD Release Party at The Hard Rock Cafe in Boston MA on Saturday Dec. 1st. Powderhouse is planning on more gigs in and around the Northeast during the coming year in order to support the new release. For more information, please contact Teresa Mastrorilli at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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New Powderhouse Album Out Now! (plus some new gigs and some other stuff)
Thanks to everyone who made it out to our CD Release Party in July at Oliver's NIghtclub in Boston. We had a blast and the night was a big success. For those of you who weren't able to make it and/or pick up a copy of the CD at the gig, we wanted to let you know that the new album, "In The Meantime", is now available for purchase (in both CD and mp3 formats) from the following sites:
CD Baby (physical CD and mp3 downloads): http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/powderhouse
Bandcamp (mp3, FLAC, AAC, ALAC, Ogg Vorbis downloads plus wicked awesome Powderhouse T-shirts!): http://powderhouse.bandcamp.com/
iTunes (AAC and mp3 downloads): http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/in-the-meantime/id386639834
Amazon MP3 (mp3 downloads): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003Z82TA8/ref=cm_sw_em_r_dp_mp3a:
eMusic (mp3 downloads): http://www.emusic.com/album/Powderhouse-In-the-Meantime-MP3-Download/12072699.html
Zune (WMA and mp3 downloads): http://social.zune.net/album/Powderhouse/In-The-Meantime/d7d28306-0100-11db-89ca-0019b92a3933/details
Nimbit (mp3 downloads): http://www.nimbitmusic.com/powderhouse
Digstation (mp3 downloads): http://www.digstation.com/AlbumDetails.aspx?albumID=ALB000053561
(coming soon to Rhapsody and many more music download sites)
In other news, we'll be resurfacing with a big Saturday night gig at Church in the Fenway on Sat. Oct. 16th (more details coming soon). We were also just invited to play the Boston edition of the International Pop Overthrow Festival for the 2nd straight year. We're playing the first night of the festival, November 3rd, at P.A.'s Lounge in beautiful Somerville MA. If you listen to Internet radio, you can hear tracks from the new album on Grooveshark, Last.fm, Jango and Unheard Radio. And finally, a bunch of Powderhouse songs are going to be featured in the indie film "Wingman" - look for it at film festivals around the country in the coming year (hopefully, national distribution will follow).
Thanks for your continued support!
-Teresa, Kevin, Ray, Fred and Art (Powderhouse)
Debut Powderhouse Album "In The Meantime" To Be Released July 27 2010
FOC Records is proud to announce the release of In The Meantime, the debut album from the Boston-based rock band Powderhouse. The 12 song album, available as both a CD and a download, is comprised of 12 original songs either written or co-written by lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Teresa Mastrorilli. Blending elements of garage rock, alt-country, power-pop and classic rock, Powderhouse sounds like a band that has a combination of Kathleen Edwards, Liz Phair and Aimee Mann fronting Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers. Produced by Teresa and multi-instrumentalist Ray Boyce, the album was recorded and mixed by Ray at FOC Studios in Newton MA and mastered by Tom Waltz at Waltz Mastering in Watertown MA.
With the goal of emphasizing Teresa’s strong songwriting, the band’s straightforward arrangements feature emotional vocals, confident guitars, solid bass lines, powerful drums and tasteful keyboards. The style of the songs include the Stones-y vibe of “Someday Soon”, the adult alternative rock of “Close To Love” and “Too Far Gone”, the power-pop of “Kilimanjaro”, “Keeping My Heart” and “Coffee Shop Girls”, the alt-country of “In The Meantime” and “Even Though” and the straight-up rock of “Pick You Up”, “Forgive You” and “Treetops”. The band even creates a new genre they half-jokingly call “Psychedelic Calypso Pop” on the track “La Sirena”.
Powderhouse first came together in early 2007, when Teresa approached the veteran rhythm section of Kevin Moylan and Ray Boyce (x-Returnables, x-The New Thirty) to help her record some of her material. Kevin and Ray thought Teresa's songs were great, so they asked their guitarist friend Evan to join them in the recording sessions. Things went so well that they decided to form a band. Powderhouse played their debut gig to a packed house at P.A.’s Lounge in Somerville in May of 2007, and since then has played very successful shows at top clubs throughout the Boston area, including T.T. the Bear’s Place, Church, Oliver's Nightclub, All Asia Bar, Copperfield's, Bill’s Bar and Porters Bar.
Looking to expand their sound, Powderhouse invited keyboardist Art DaPrato to join the band in early 2008. Not long after, Fred Pickard (x-New Thirty, x-Returnables) came on board as lead guitarist. After several successful gigs with the new line-up, the band headed into the studio to record what would become the tracks for the new album. In November of 2009, Powderhouse was selected by music critic David Bash to play the Boston edition of the International Pop Overthrow Festival. Here’s what David thought of their music and their performance:
“Powderhouse features the strong, assured lead vocals of Teresa Mastrorilli. What sets them apart is their energy on stage and the fun they have while performing…"
The band celebrated the release of the album with a successful CD Release Party at Oliver’s Nightclub in Boston MA on Friday July 23rd. Powderhouse is planning on more gigs in and around the Northeast during the coming year in order to support the album.
For more information, please contact email@example.com.
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Available for purchase/download at:
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/powderhouse http://www.nimbitmusic.com/powderhouse http://www.digstation.com/AlbumDetails.aspx?albumID=ALB000053561 http://www.itunes.com (coming soon) http://www.amazon.com (coming soon) http://www.rhapsody.com (coming soon)
Fall gigs, upcoming CD release
We're very excited about 2 upcoming gigs. On Nov 22, we're playing the International Pop Overthrow Festival at Church in the Fenway. The IPO is a great way to catch a lot of great pop/rock music in a single night. And David Bash always puts together a strong lineup of bands. Then, on Dec 12th, we're playing Copperfield's as part of the Boston Music Spotlight Music Series.
We're slowly inching our way towards the finish line of our long-overdue CD release. The rough mixes sound great, so we're really excited. Hopefully, we'll get the CD released before year's end.
Looking forward to seeing you at one (or both) of our upcoming shows.
Powderhouse profiled on Boston Music Spotlight (Feb '09)
The band is profiled on Boston Music Spotlight:
What we've been up to....(Nov. 2008)
In case you were wondering, here's a quick update as to what we've been doing the past few months.
Over the summer, we played 2 gigs with our new lineup, having added Art on keyboards and Fred on lead guitar. The gigs went great and the band sounds better than ever.
With the new lineup sounding tight, and with Teresa having written a bunch of great new songs, we decided to focus on doing as much recording as possible this fall, at beautiful FOC Studios in Newton. Some rough mixes from these recent recording sessions are now streaming on our ReverbNation page - give 'em a listen. Hopefully, all this recording will result in a full-length CD release early next year.
Until then, we hope to start gigging again as soon as possible. We've got a gig lined up at Church (formerly the Linwood) in the Fenway on Jan. 15th. We might try to sneak in 1 more gig before then if possible.
That's all for now....hope to see you soon.
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