Take One Last Tour of Chris’ Pedalboard Before He Rips It to Shreds
“Disclaimer: I’m not a gear junkie.So please forgive my limited vocabulary and technical ignorance. Are they geranium transistors? Is it the wavelength that is asymmetrical? I’m sure it’s on the internet, but prefer to turn knobs until i get the sounds I like.That said, I hope you enjoy the tour of the effects chain I’ve been using for the last year or so with Dragons Power Up!.”
Welcome to the second edition of “Bands You Should Know About” – this time we’re highlighting a band that like many others around the city, has remained “under the radar” yet continues nicely with the talent and passion to keep doing what they love to do — make music.
Dragons Power Up! — first created back in 2005 by four self-proclaimed “multi-instramentalists” combines to this day a creative history of spin off projects, yet remains at the core of what they believe in for this band.
With the exception of recent changes in 2011, this type of dedication alone should be a testament for any local band — to remain with passion for any particular piece of their artistry, yet able to expand creatively without regret. It should make you think what it is exactly that defines local band success.
For our Beloit/Menomonie mini-tour, we had rougly 10 hours to deal with round-trip. That meant each of us got to make two 1.2 hour mixes each. Mr. Mike Ries’ no frills presentation created an unassuming facade for deep cuts, lustrous metals and dusty gems of soul, jazz, rock and pop of yesteryear. Click here to listen to most of the songs on Spotify.
Taken from the “7 Inches” Blog. Click image to read the full review.
“The other side has Dragons Power Up! and their track, “Sea Legs”. They get a slow tempo groove going with big power chords fading out to feedback for a full measure…they have that indie pop style of Apples in Stereo with a post-punk array of changes, measured bursts of changes that could well be miniature Tortoise movements. It’s all leading to this epic chorus by the finish where all the ocean narrative comes to a head: But your compass is golden! and your sextant is golden! and the horizon is golden! and your sealegs are golden! In a sort of prog rock synth backed grand finale. Everything looks pretty good today, the ships on course, everythings going to be alright. Like the Annuals single, Brother, it comes as a bit of a surprise just how giant a sound they manage to work up. Chris’ [sic] got a great vocal here, subtle melodies, up front in the mix, working on this sea story, changing phrasing along with the stumbling rhythm and when he hits that epic finish, you get it. ”