We need to talk about Powersolo. Kim Kix and The Atomic Twin have been at it for many a year now – just shy of 20 in fact, and still sort of seem to be on the peripheral of the Danish music scene. They’ve (un-patiently?) really seen it all as far as the local Aarhus scene is concerned, lesser bands and poseurs coming and going, scenes and fashions falling in and out of style and notoriety, obscurity, commercialism and national media all but snubbing them at times – they remain steadfast in their vision: just making good music with no bullshit.
It’s strange to see some acts like Dizzy Miss Lizzy and Psyched Up Janis for example – who started and existed in the mid nineties as well- become heritage acts with sold out reunion tours, expensive re-issues and red carpets rolled out for them at any and every festival in the kingdom. On the other side of the coin is Powersolo – who under our collective noses and without much fanfare from the usual Danish media outlets who normally follow certain heritage acts’ every move, rack up a CV and a career that would make any credible band kinda jealous. They work, they tour, they put out great records, their music (whether you know it or not) is on every TV in Europe (seriously, I was in a pub in Ireland a few weeks ago and an ad came on during a football match with one of their songs in it), and they play their butts off across Europe and the USA every year it seems and still the average Joe Moe on the street knows exactly what Rasmus Seebach is wearing at awards ceremonies, or who is out on X-Factor this week.
Powersolo are a reminder to me, and should be to most, that none of this matters really in music. Some bands blow up and leave a crater visible while the dust settles, and some bands are glaciers – moving slow and steady and reshaping the world over long periods of time. Powersolo are those glaciers boys and girls. And no global warming trend seems to be melting them anytime soon.
Seems that this week though Kim Kix is yet again fed up though with larger media outlets collectively dumbing down the masses with plastic pop shite, and aside from releasing this new video (stunningly shot in kind of ‘single take’ style to emphasize the ‘frantic’-ness) have challenged their fans to take GAFFA and shove it –
“SATANS! Har fået en skide god idé igen!
Lad os hjælpe hinanden med at rydde op!
Snup en 20’er fra husholdningsbudgettet
og send et GAFFA blad i kuvert med skriften JUNK NEJ TAK
til denne adresse: GAFFA A/S, Vester Allé 15. 8000 Aarhus C
Jeg opfordre naturliggris til at DELE dette nedslag !!!
Kærligst KK “
Basically – let’s help each other and clean up by taking 20 crowns from the household budget, stuffing a Gaffa magazine in an envelope and write “Junk Mail: No Thanks!” to their corporate address here in Aarhus.
Ouch, but I’m glad to see some bands not wanting to be a part of the often soft and pandering mainstream music and entertainment outlets.
We here at Sound Of Aarhus are always on the side of real hard-working bands and artists. Never sell yourself out, never lose respect, and never give up!
Here’s the video: go grab their fantastic album “The Real Sound” from your local independent music retailer, or stop by Gamle By and see if it’s in the Gaffa shop for shits and giggles.