Label: The End Records 2012
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom
Bad Powers, bad, bad, Austin Powers? From 3/4 of NYC alt metal band Made Out of Babies comes a new disturbing little project that transcends genre and style. Experimental, alternative, post-punker that embraces innovatives sounds and instrumentations. Bad Powers are hardly something completely new or originals though.
The late seventies saw the birth of acts such as Television, Nina Hagen, The Cure, and Siouxsie and The Banshees. Mix 'em together in the blender, add more metal, the odd Jesus Lizard, Meat Puppets, and PJ Harvey influence and end up with one helluva strong cocktail entitled Bad Powers?
Static guitar noise, dysfunctional arrangements, lack of standard verse/chorus/ structure, lack of commercial ideas, lack of anything that would ever attract anyone from the fashion scene and their beautiful people. Cousin IT and Uncle Fester down the basement "hanging out" with the lads from One Direction and a butcher knife. It's not pretty and neither are songs such as "Hit Sniffing Dogs", "Black Alf", "Chineseish", "Bigger Than We Are". Bleak, depressive, creepy. Sadly not enough of great songs for an entire album in my humble opinon (EP - yes!).