The Powergoats / Press

“If you are craving one last dose of blues-rock, then check out The Powergoats. While the quartet (sometimes a septet) does not quite have the same buzz behind them like some of the aforementioned artists, their early evening time slot should result in them winning over more fans. Their live shows are reportedly terrific, so don’t be surprised if you, like the band, will be drenched in sweat once their hour has concluded.”

"The Powergoats are a rock n’ roll outfit that music fans of all ages will appreciate. These guys toy with a lot of different sounds, utilizing more than just guitar and drums – they incorporate piano, daring harmonies, and some pretty rad effects too. You’ll even hear tinges of blues and reggae in their songs, too. Singer Jamie Douglas’ strong stage presence matches the power of the sounds coming out of the speakers, all proving that this isn’t just band with a sweet name."

“For Ottawa musician Jamie Douglas, nothing could be sweeter than to perform at Bluesfest with his band, The Powergoats, on his favourite day of the festival, the final day, and on his favourite stage, the River stage. “We’re back at the River stage, which is where we played in 2010, same day too, the last Sunday. And the time of day when THE stage to be at is the River stage, where you can see the sun set and the party starts.” The band has been busy in the studio, writing and recording new tunes for an upcoming album slated for this fall. Their current album, “Ruby Headlights” (August 2014), features eight tracks of positively charged rootsy rock, rich in both acoustic and electric flavours, a variety of rhythms, and coloured in plenty of backing vocals that surround the signature ‘Bowie’-like timbres of Jamie’s voice. Another single from that album, “Spark It Up”, has just been released on video.”

“With a name like The Powergoats, I was expecting something a little heavier to come barreling out of the speakers. However, what I heard quickly grew on me. Ruby Headlights was my first introduction to The Powergoats and it’s well worth a listen. The songwriting is strong and it didn’t take long to find myself lost in the rhythm... It’s catchy as hell and will probably get some part of your body uncontrollably grooving along to the beat. It rocks, it rolls, and it never disappoints.”

"Another favorite of mine was the high energy R&B flavoured “Spin The Globe”, with some great vocal harmony by Michelle Richards, and a fantastic piano solo by Irving. I also enjoyed the melancholy tones of the guitar in the final song of the CD “Afterglow”, which had a gorgeous flowing melody, having at times an almost Todd Rundgren feel. The set ended with two more songs from Bottled Sunset, “Emily Haines On My Car Stereo”, which possessed more of that Stones/Bowie seasoning, and “Blow By Blow”, a very lively piece that was full of more great guitar licks and intermittent breaks into reggae fills. All the songs were wonderfully melodic and catchy, incorporated a variety of musical genres, and exhibited well written lyrics not just in their context, but also in terms of their rhythmic value."

“A wicked, wicked band that definitely has that blues feel, a cross-over band. They definitely understand how every radio station in this town works. A very active band that’s friends with everyone.”

“The Power Goats (1:30 p.m., Subway) get my Best Band Name of the Festival award.”

"This isn’t about Emily Haines. This is, instead, a song FOR Emily Haines by fellow Canadians The Powergoats. Lead singer Jamie Douglas is pouring on the sex with a capital S-E-X in his vocals, because he’s “just a man/and you’re impossibly beautiful” and the slow, almost Santana-esque guitar flares up in-between the verses." "There are some breathy Emily Haines-esque female backing vocals on the track, so if you close your eyes and wish real hard, you can almost pretend it’s the real Emily. This isn’t the kind of song you can really rock out to. It’s slow and sensual, and honestly? You could probably slow dance to it. Just close your eyes and pretend it’s with Emily Haines."