Archie Powell & the Exports to release ‘Back in Black’ Apr.28; band on tour now

By on February 28, 2014

Archie Powell & the Exports

Heartbreak, shame, sorrow and guilt. In the case of Archie Powell, his new collection of songs prove that for him, no good crush gets requited. 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. They hop in the van this month to continue their scorched earth tour policies while heading to Austin to perform a slew of SXSW performances and sessions. They join their buddies The Damn Choir on many of the dates (see poster for details). Back in Black is out April 28th, to celebrate all this excitement, they leaked two songs from the album, “Everythings F**ked” and “Scary Dream”


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.”

With a desire to capture sound and spirit of their high-energy live show, the band set out for Chrome Attic with producer and like-minded soundsmith Jonathan Alvin (Santah, Surfer Blood), a soul brother with the chops and innovative outlook to help them realize their vision. Keen pop sensibility with harsh noise soundscapes compliment one another and lend a cohesiveness to a set of tunes that are otherwise markedly dissimilar.


Thematically, the lyrics speak of heartbreak, longing and infatuation –  they are presented in a sonically dischordant way, creating a musical dichotomy that breathes fresh air into a time honored rock n’ roll tradition. “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.”


Archie Powell is the son of a violin prodigy who played in the Chicago Symphany Orchestra before landing as a permanent member of Milwaukee’s orchestra. Immediately following college, he and keyboardist Ryan started the Exports, bassist Adam joined after they recorded their first EP and they rounded out the permanent line-up with drummer RJ. The band’s first recorded effort was a digital freebie called the Loose Change EP that expanded their audience to a national level. It was followed by Skip Work, their debut full length, which drew praise from Boston Phoenix and My Old Kentucky Blog among others. Great Ideas in Action followed in 2012, and critics from Esquire, Billboard and NPR’s World Café were impressed.


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 Damn Choir

For more info on the band visit


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.