POWERHOUSE SOUND formed in the summer of 2005, originally with LASSE MARHAUG on
electronics and PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE on drums. This incarnation of the band laid
down compositions in an Oslo studio last August, and Bob Weston is slated to mix
that material in Chicago this July. The album is set to release on Atavistic
sometime within the next year.
Ken Vandermark wrote all the compositions with the idea of building the music from the perspective of the bass instead of the more conventional approach of composition construction, "from the top down", as he puts it. "The three major influences I considered when putting the music together were the rhythmic ideas of James Brown, the dub ideas of Lee Perry and the collage ideas of Public Enemy."
The new line up will continue to work from these original concepts developed at the band's start. However, with the obvious shifts in personnel and differences in instrumentation, POWERHOUSE SOUND is undoubtedly here to test any and all genre "qualifiers" used within the independent music industry today.