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Schwindy's indie music spotlight: Archie Powell & The Exports

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When you see the title of the new album by Archie Powell & The Exports, you might think that it's a tribute album to AC/DC. That's not the case, but don't let that stop you from listening to it.

The album begins with "Everything's F**ked". The tone for this song is set by a primal scream at the beginning. In fact, to call this a song is to sell it short. An explosion of sound might be a more fitting term. You might apply that term the band's sound in general.

After the furious energy of the first song, a curve ball comes your way in "Tattoo on My Brain." It's a more mellow song, but there's also something very familiar about Powell's voice. At times in this song, he reminds me a bit of Noel Gallagher.

Another curve ball comes along in "Scary Dream." Granted, this has the same furious energy as the previous songs, but this one has more of an industrial vibe to it. The industrial vibe continues with "Holes". One thing is for sure: this is a song that begs to be played in a dark venue lit with strobe lights.

More than anything, this is a band that defies classification. Once you think you've got it figured out, you hear a song that is completely different than anything that preceded it. "Rodeo Crush" is at the other end of the spectrum from the opening track. That is followed by "The High Road", a melodic indie rock song that reminds me of the mid-90s. If you like bands that can jump easily from one sound to another, Archie Powell & The Exports is a good band to explore.


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