When a band writes a bio that reads: “cliff-diving competition between Freddie Mercury and Tom Waits, while Danny Elfman makes out with Indiana Jones,” you can go ahead and assume their music won’t be droning monotones. On the contrary, Oakland’s Major Powers & The Lo-Fi Symphony is a high-speed chase with pounding piano theatrics, Queen inspired vocals, and “self-described purveyors of Adventure Rock.” While they all sing, Nick Powers (of Major Powers fame) plays piano while brothers Kevin and Dylan Gautschi are on guitars and drums.
Their debut album, We Became Monsters, grabbed the interest of Portland’s Breakup Records (Taxes, Rich Girls) who very recently signed them to their label with plans to release a sophomore effort this fall. The band played Napa’s humongo Bottle Rock festival and recently opened for Happy Fangs at Elbo Room, so it seems like they’re gaining positive traction within the local show circuit.
Check out their rooftop vid for “93,000,000 Miles” below:
8/2 – Grass Valley, CA – Center for the Arts
8/15 – Sacramento, CA – Old Ironsides