"Palbum" By Powell (Louisville, KY)/Alt Rock/Released 2015
Hailing from the city of Louisville, KY, Powell consists of brothers Taylor, Conner, and Casey Powell. While the siblings have all been playing music since their time in high school, they’ve only formed a band together in the past three years. In that time they’ve built a reputation for a high energy live show and their “Brothers” EP has received radio play on stations in Louisville,Akron OH, and Asheville NC.
Powell draws from a variety of influences including alt rock, blues,funk, and bluegrass that they’ve mixed together into a consistent, cohesive sound. Most of “Palbum”s tracks are uptempo and energetic with effects-laden guitars providing a very atmospheric sound. Consistent with a lot of of today’s modern alternative, Powell is comparable to bands such as Jane’s Addiction and fellow Kentuckians Cage the Elephant.
Despite having a cohesive overall sound, “Palbum”’s tracks are fairly unique on a song to song basis. “Clock”, which the band recorded a music video for, is an anthemic, hard rocker of a song with a southern rock edge. “Goochie” sports a haunting main riff and groovy bass rhythms making it an overall darker track.”Father” balances atmospheric funky bass and guitars with more melodic atmospheres giving the song a U2-esque feel. “Walnut” is one of “Palbum”s most dynamic songs opening with an uptempo drum beat that transfers into a slower paced, melodic chorus. Then changes gears again into a funk inspired bridge and outro. “Romans” is one of the more conventional songs on the album with fast tempos and bluesy, hard rock guitar. “Coyote” is another unique track that sports a strong country-western vibe. And “Destitue” is a softer, moody ballad of a song that’s a little more simple than most of Palbum’s compositions.
With a unique sound that’s simultaneously unique and familiar Powell has accomplished a sturdy first full length release. Timely in its style without borrowing too much from it’s contemporaries “Palbum” is an enjoyable listen start to finish. Fitting in with much of the current wave of today’s alternative rock, modern music fans should be able to find plenty to like in these three brothers from the derby city.