You might think Akron, Ohio’s Dave Hammer’s Power Supply is a jam band, when guitarist/singer and namesake, Dave Hammer interrupts himself, mid-phrase, with an unruly guitar lick. This power trio tends to gravitate towards the schizophrenic end of the musical spectrum.
But they’re not aimlessly jamming. They’re spinning their own delicious web of soulfully eclectic, jazz-infused, progressive blues.
Hailing from a city known for it’s blues/rock cred, DHPS sounds something like The Black Keys meets The Red Hot Chili Peppers on a jazz school acid trip. Which isn’t surprising, considering it’s the brainchild of two young, forward-thinking, jazz school musicians with a blues/rock bent. Hammer and bassist, Matt DeRubertis twist the genre to feed their sophisticated tastes and talents, weaving together an analog mashup of styles and influences.
“Vintage rock, roots and blues are firmly established genres, but we’re taking those sounds to different places by tweaking them with other styles of music we like,” says DeRubertis.
The pair met in a Jazz Guitar Theory class at The University of Akron. Self-pronounced outcasts of the unofficial club of “Jazz-heads,” they formed an instant connection, found their drummer Chris Baker and started playing.
Live, the power trio delivers a vintage sound and a wild ride. The combination of Dave's songwriting, soulful singing, and frantic guitar licks fused with Matt's melodic, yet aggressive bass lines and dynamic sense of arranging show an undeniable chemistry. At only 22 years, Hammer sings like a man with a past. You can hear the influence of authentic, crooning bluesmen like Grandpa Elliot and Blind Lemon Jefferson in the smooth, yet raspy nature of his voice.
In the winter of 2011, DHPS recorded their debut album, titled Words-An LP treat at 11 songs-in just three days of live sessions at Tangerine Studios in Akron. Words is available for purchase on itunes and CDbaby and at Northeast Ohio record shops.