There ain’t many blues rock bands in Beijing, at least not ones that play 70s style rock blues with a hint of early aerosmith, stones, muddy waters and the like.. and if they’re around, I haven’t seen them much! That is until last friday at 2 Kolegas when this little band I never heard off had the rough job of playing a set between those of Bad Mamasan and Skarving…
In retrospect, it might have been a genius idea to have a blues rock band handle the transition between bad ass metal and funky Ska and that’s what this little band did: The Power Powder
Now, this is sure gonna show my bias as a month ago, I ripped Emitter for winning the Beijing leg of Tiger Battle of the bands while being nothing more than a glorified copycat of AC/DC… and here I am praising a band that is pretty much sounding like the bastard Asian kid of the Rolling Stones and Aerosmith. Sue me…
See, The Power Powder didn’t bastardize a bunch of songs and call them their own. They actually did a really cool job putting on a show for the dozen folks out there and displayed excellent musicianship in my book. A little quick trip to their douban shows different band members so I’m not really sure what’s up with that but the lineup that showed up friday night at 2 Kolegas had me sold.
The young guitar player was having fun and showing feelings which is not something you see often in this town. The girl had a funky voice and played a mean cowbell. The frontman had a Jagger meets Richards swagger about him.
The Bad Mamasan and Skarving sets were pretty fun as well and in many aspects, more polished than Power Powder.. still, I’m a sucker for a little blues and I’ll be looking for these guys in the future. Check out their Douban for some samples:
Man, I just love finding a new good band to look forward to.