Out of Prov’s sludgy artophany, Punk & Roll darlings POWER MASTERS have again risen up to spit a sweet new release in the internet’s face. Recorded over at Hanging Horse Studio, their HOME OF THE GRAVE sounds significantly better than any divey soundsystem you are likely to hear them on so, at last, the apocalyptic nihilism comes through loud and clear.
At times PM recalls Iggy Pop as, for instance, on album opener ‘It Ain’t So Bright’. Elsewhere there are brat-pack lazy loungetones found in the vocal styling, repurposed, somewhat as predecessors The Doors or early Misfits did. Overall there’s a confident feeling, evident by the deliberate but free structure of their meter and line. Many songs shift through different sections, exploring repetition within a section, without repeating earlier parts. Standout tracks include: ‘It Ain’t So Bright’, ‘Cursed By Speech’, ‘Idle Mind’, ‘So Cruel’, ‘Vida’ and ‘What Happened To Brody’.
Somebody seems to have made a 2012 mini-doc about Prov-hood Olneyville (see below) mostly at an outdoor show and which features PM, Austin from Sediment Club and The Universes. Two years along now since then and PM is sounding quite proficient. Shame I missed their Charlie’s set last Monday. Next time fellas.