New Music Monday: Powertrip
“Oh, fucking Motörhead!” exclaims Powertrip singer Riley Gale “No doubt. If I was going to follow a career they’d be the band. I’ll play the same songs as long as people wanna hear them, that’s what Motörhead do and that’s what I’m gonna do. Drink whiskey and party, then die.”
There’s a very good chance that you’d like Riley; his uncomplicated, committed attitude to the world of heavy metal is a breath of fresh air. His band deal in equally bullshit-free- old school crossover, as can be heard on excellent new album Manifest Decimation, its scratchy production and brutally gnarly, punk-inspired thrash feeling like it comes from a different era.
“When we started we were listening to a lot of New York hardcore and we wanted to start a band that sounded like Death Wishes or Cro-Mags,” he adds matter-of-factly. It’s a common theme amongst bands that have been part of the so-called ‘thrash revival’ over the last few years, although Riley is looking beyond the confines of that particular tag.
“It’s never really been on my radar. I was into the first two Municipal Waste albums and I checked out Vektor and Havok and all those bands, the only thing that bums me out is that sometimes I feel like they aren’t reviving it in the right ways. My least favourite parts of thrash metal are when it’s too light hearted and cheesy. I think you can say some really dark shit if you make it mean and fast and that’s something we really try and do in Powertrip. I want people to listen to my lyrics, I don’t wanna just be barking bullshit over the top about how I chugged a beer with a shark or whatever. But I don’t pay much attention to what’s being ‘revived’ or what’s popular.”
Despite this, there is always the chance that they could benefit from the re-emergence of thrash’s commercial clout.
“If someone says, ‘Do you guys wanna get up there and open for Exodus?’, could we cut it? Dude, I’m not scared of what sort of opportunities I take with this band. If the metal community want to accept us and we get to play with big crowds then, fuck yeah, let’s get up there and have a good time. I’ve always said that we’re the sort of band that you put in a room with people watching us, and it’ll be loud, a little violent, but fun as shit.” Truly spoken like Lemmy himself.
Manifest Decimation is out now via Southern Lord
Interview by Stephen Hill