Announced on February 28 via Western Publicity, Archie Powell and the Exports have debuted a new collection of songs that are full of heartbreak, shame and regret. "He and the Exports present Back in Black, an explosive set that marries the melodic, hooky addiction of their previous albums with a new heavier, noisy backing," says Western Publicity. The band is heading out to Austin to perform several SXSW performances and sessions. Then they'll join their buddies, The D*** Choir on several dates. See full tour dates below. Back in Black is out April 28th, and have two singles available for streaming purposes to get fans pumped up for their upcoming album.
(Archie) Powell notes that the political songs on their critically acclaimed “Great Ideas in Action” got a lot of attention, but he felt that the more inwardly centered songs held up just as well. “I felt that the real strength of our body of work was with internal subject matter. Writing this album, I wanted to be bluntly transparent about sex and romance. I was really looking to be nakedly honest despite any discomfort or personal embarrassment it would invariably cause.”
Referencing the themes of the lyrics, “I’m always looking for a twist, to make things musically interesting for myself” explains Powell, “I ditched any songs that seemed too pat, too easy, and focused on the ones that had a creepy feeling on the first listen, then became more relatable as you dig in. Conversely, I've also always loved the happy sounding pop songs that have weird, depraved subject matter. It's the same kind of rub.” We think it's safe to say Archie tells it like it is.
Archie Powell's musicology runs in his veins, as he is the son of a violin prodigy who played in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and then became a permanent member of Milwaukee's orchestra. After college, Powell and keyboardist Ryan started the Exports, with bassist Adam joining after their first recorded EP, and then drummer RJ. Their first record was a digital free EP titled Loose Change, that gained national attention and audience. They then released Skip Work, which was their debut full-length and received critical acclaim from renowned sources such as Boston Phoenix and My Old Kentucky Blog, among numerous others. Their second album was Great Ideas in Action with features in Esquire, Billboard and NPR's World Cafe.
Date Venue Address City, State
2/28 Maxine's ** 700 Central Avenue Hot Springs, AR
3/1 Stickyz ** 107 River Market Little Rock, AR
3/2 Lemmons ** 5800 Gravois St. Louis, MO
3/4 The Replay ** 946 Massachusetts Lawrence, KS
3/9 Magnolia Motor Lounge ** 3005 Morton St Fort Worth, TX
3/11 Official SXSW -Red 7 611 E 7th St Austin, TX
3/15 Freedman’s Bar 2402 San Gabriel St Austin, TX
3/18 Davey's ** 3402 Main Street Kansas City, MO
3/19 Cosmic Charlie's ** 388 Woodland Ave Lexington, KY
3/20 New Vintage ** 2126 S Preston St Louisville, KY
3/21 Melody Inn ** 3826 N Illinois St Indianapolis, IN
** Dates are with The D*** Choir
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