You might be caught off guard when Dave Hammer, guitarist/singer and namesake of Akron, Ohio outfit known as DAVE HAMMER'S POWER SUPPLY interrupts himself, mid-phrase, with an unruly guitar lick. This power trio can gravitate towards the unpredictable end of the musical spectrum, but they’re never 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 blues meeting funk for a drink on a jazz school acid trip. This isn’t surprising, considering it’s the brainchild of three young, forward-thinking, schooled musicians with a soulful blues/rock bent. Hammer plus bassist, Matthew DeRubertis and drummer, Chris Baker twist the genre to feed their sophisticated tastes and talents, weaving together an analog mashup of styles and influences.
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 Chris Baker's dynamically masterful drumming show an undeniable chemistry. At 27 years old, Hammer sings like a man with an extensive 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.
After establishing themselves in summer 2011 with their solid debut record titled Words, Dave Hammer's Power Supply's sophomore release AHT UH YO HED took the band in a mellower, more contemplative direction… but it still grooves hard. The EP stands as an homage to Shuggie Otis, a favorite artist and profound influence on the band. The result is a brief, but lush and colorful journey through the twists and turns of Hammer's songs. Such an experience cannot be explained… only heard.
The band's third effort, simply and appropriately titled GREASY, is an all out blues throw down. Recorded to 2 - inch tape and release on thick black vinyl, this album carries the weight of past rocknroll greats that have shaped the direction of the band's songs. Gritty, wild, and subtly refined, these aren't your dad's blues rock jams, but he'll certainly enjoy them.
In August of 2015, the band unexpectedly dropped their 4th effort titled WAGON. Going in a more soulful and rootsy direction, this is DHPS’s for cohesive and joyful batch of stories set to music to date.
WAGON, GREASY, AHT UH YO HED and WORDS are available on Itunes, Cdbaby, Bandcamp.