Windy City purveyors of supercharged power pop, but
with an edgy, unsettling dark undercurrent that’s drawn comparisons to the
likes of the Replacements and Elvis Costello.
By Blurt Staff
Archie Powell & the Exports released their second album this week, Great Ideas In Action, and we’ve been
listening nonstop to key track “Metronome.” Check it out below, and also visit
their Bandcamp page for more details.
The album was produced, engineered and mixed by Justin
Perkins (formerly of Yesterday’s Kids, The Obsoletes and Screeching Weasel) at
Howl Street Studios and The Mystery Room in Milwaukee last fall. The band recorded 14
songs before paring it down to the essential 11, closing the album out with the
title track, which Powell says is a Calvin & Hobbes reference (anyone who
can describe the strip in question is entitled to free admission to Exports
shows for life.) They’ll kick off the
preamble to release with a spring tour and a show in Austin during SXSW.
Powell, incidentally, is the son of a violin prodigy who
played in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra before landing as a permanent member
orchestra. He started playing guitar at 11 and writing “awful” songs at around
15. Immediately following college, he
and keyboardist Ryan started the Exports, bassist Adam joined after they
recorded their first EP and they rounded out the permanent line-up with drummer
RJ. The band’s first recorded effort was a digital EP that expanded their
audience to a national level. It was followed by Skip Work, their debut full length, which drew praise from Boston Phoenix,
Powerpopaholic, Radio Free Chicago and My Old Kentucky Blog among others.