Archie Powell & the Exports debut new video – don’t stress Tax Day, “Skip Work”!

By on April 16, 2011
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Chicago-based Archie Powell & the Exports ask
“Are your taxes done yet? Mine neither. Help ease the pain with our newest music video. The tune is “Skip Work.” The original title was “Skip Work (Because They’ll Totally Just Mail You Your W-2 Anyway)”, but it was decided that brevity would be more beneficial.” 
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Chicagoist has the who-needs-work-when-you-can-rock video for “Skip Work”
just in time for Tax Day and their turn tonight at the International Pop Overthrow.
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After you join Archie Powell & the Exports in a jubilant “I quit,” keep the party going with
the guys in full piñata and booze action in the video for debut single “Enough About Me.”
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Archie Powell & the Exports have been tipped by the Chicago Tribune
as one of “Eleven to watch in 2011,” praising Skip Work as a
contagious pop-rock debut that follows in the strong Midwestern tradition of singer-songwriters such as
Ike Reilly and Paul Westerberg.
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Live dates, more music and press praise for Archie Powell & the Exports’ undeniable pop hooks below!
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Archie Powell & the Exports Live
Apr 15 – The Abbey – Chicago, IL   
International Pop Overthrow
May 7 – Y-Not III – Milwaukee, WI
June 25 – Taste of Chicago @ Grant Park – Chicago, IL    
All Ages, 2:30pm
July 23 – Sheffield Garden Walk – Chicago, IL   
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Last month Archie Powell & the Exports celebrated March Madness in their own way with weekly Monday covers shared on ExportTV.
.Check out the homemade Exports videos for

The Cars’ “Just What I Needed”  and Barrett Strong’s “Money.”

Archie Powell & the Exports’ Skip Work was named one of Metromix’s Top Albums of the year!

With a sound that nods to the likes of Elvis Costello and Paul Westerberg, Powell excels at detailing the range of problems that crop up as people enter their early 20s, including shifting friendships, career uncertainty and teenage love dissolving amidst grownup responsibilities.

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Press Praise for Archie Powell & the Exports
Skip Work named Favorite Local Album of 2010
The album’s twelve songs chug along cheerily along at a gratifying pace, and the Powell’s delivery makes you want to sidle up and buy him a beer. The group’s voice is clearly it’s own, but there’s a clear playfulness in the songs’ delivery.
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Chicago Metromix/Red Eye
Nodding to the likes of Elvis Costello and Paul Westerberg, Chicago-based Powell and Co. sway between booze-fueled numbers like “Enough About Me” and breezier fare like “Loose Change.” The band particularly excels at capturing the unease of entering your 20s and struggling with a range of newfound problems…Lyrically astute and driven by a nervous energy, there’s never any doubt that Powell will overcome these hurdles.
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Chart Attack
“Enough About Me” Song of the Day
Weezer suck these days, so someone needs to come along and inherit their once great power pop mantle.
The tune’s got a hooky chorus, catchy guitar riff and a guitar solo Rivers Cuomo would probably dig. What’s not to love?
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Dyson Sound
What follows this opening track is nothing but pure pop perfection. A quick ending cut straight into the heavier ‘Enough About Me’ sets the tone for what you’ll experience over the next 35 minutes.
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Power Popoholic
The songs are both cynical and optimistic…Kind of like Weezer meets America with a dash of Elvis Costello, the song “Skip Work” is a driving anthem that’s perfect for these tough times.
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Examiner
Archie Powell & The Exports continue to fight the good fight for all that is great in the world of rock and roll: clever, memorable tunes that dig deep in your brain and move in to stay.
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Radio Free Chicago
“Skip Work” is a labor of love from the indie-pop quartet — a dozen energetic songs about making the move from Wisconsin to Chicago, life as a starving artist, and how exhausting relationships can be.
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Mixtape Muse
Powell sings with a natural fervor and sounds like a less-nasally, more rock ‘n’ roll version of John Flansburgh – with witty, whimsical, and meaningful lyrics and themes to boot.
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Indie College
Powell, as well as all the Exports don’t only command your attention but they deserve it. They wear their love of rock on their sleeve and their type of rock is the rock that just doesn’t really exist anymore, having been replaced in “hipster” culture with synth beats and music laden with irony and kitsch. Sure, Powell might be a snot on occasion but he’s never insincere and if there’s any justice in the world of rock and roll, Archie Powell & the Exports will be big time in no time.
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Mezzic
I tried to not fall in love. It didn’t work… Don’t let this pop/garage/indie band fool you. Nothing you have in your record collection is like AP&E.  There is no doubt about it these boys have talent and they are not afraid to show it.
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Static Multimedia
Skip Work is a throwback to the straightforward, four-chord rock ‘n’ roll of yesteryear…Skip Work is a fun album.
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Windy City Rock
It says something great that a four piece band can still make minimal rock and roll that sounds so full and catchy.  And in case you didn’t get the word, these guys become even more raucous and relevant live.
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The Fire Note
Ultimately should appeal to fans that range from Weezer to Elvis Costello. It is this widespread charm and memorable eager tracks that will have you returning to Skip Work  for repeat listens and telling all you friends to check out your new favorite band – Archie Powell & The Exports!
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The Daily Cardinal
Powell is what I expect most people assumed Rivers Cuomo would become. Powell’s power-pop is more developed, more pronounced, yet his demeanor is less boyish. Instead of Kiss and Dungeons and Dragons, he writes about flaky friends and getting the heat shut off. He’s an endearing character whose incisive lyrics turn many of the album’s flatter moments into touchstones.
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Wenatchee World
Archie Powell & the Exports are here to remind music fans that great music doesn’t require fancy or unusual flourishes — it just needs one hell of a hook. While a lot of good modern artists innovate with different sounds and effects, the Chicago quartet skillfully puts its signature on a style that’s stood the test of time. They don’t just rock it out; they perfect it.
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Skope
The appeal of genuine, high-quality American song craft has apparently fallen by the wayside in recent years, much to the chagrin of young midwestern songwriter, Archie Powell. An emphasis has instead been placed upon ironic chic, chintzy underground appeal or some forced desire to innovate upon an art form that may have reached its limits of expansion and deconstruction. He can’t help but feel a little out of sorts with the whole situation.

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Who are Archie Powell & the Exports?

 The appeal of genuine, high-quality American song craft has apparently fallen by the wayside in recent years, much to the chagrin of young midwestern songwriter, Archie Powell. An emphasis has instead been placed upon ironic chic, chintzy underground appeal or some forced desire to innovate upon an art form that may have reached its limits of expansion and deconstruction. He can’t help but feel a little out of sorts with the whole situation.

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“I’m just not particularly concerned with any of that. I am of the belief that what people really enjoy, what really stands the test of time, are well-written songs that folks can remember two minutes after the damn thing ends and your lunch break is over.”
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The aforementioned message was made abundantly clear with the release of the band’s first effort, the Loose Change EP: an internet-only gratis download that instantly expanded their audience to a national level. This initial warning shot garnered much critical praise with writers favorably plugging their gritty pop aesthetic and relatable sardonic lyricism. Building upon the acclaim of their EP, Archie Powell & The Exports continue to fight the good fight for all that is great in the world of rock and roll: clever, memorable tunes that dig deep in your brain and move in to stay (with or without your permission). Care to inquire about those credentials? Skip Work, their debut full length, is evidence enough. The material bears many faces with raucous garage rock, pop sensations and slow burners abound. All of which are held together by a pervasive sense of dark humor and twentysomething restlessness.
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“Most of these songs were written around a time when the band was relocating to Chicago, so there’s sort of a sense of urgency throughout the whole record. I think that the idea of fresh experience comes through when you hear it. It’s a pretty straightforward look at big changes and greener pastures.”
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Powell’s take feels apropos. The release of Skip Work sees the band exploring plenty of new territory such as the loose and strong sonic treatment of Milwaukee producer Justin Perkins and the addition of recent drum recruit RJ Export. The aforementioned atmosphere of change and discovery resonates with honesty, making the album a loud and clear proclamation on behalf of the underdog and everydude in all of us.
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Dig the vibe. The album simultaneously invokes visions of The Replacements, Elvis Costello and Weezer without missing a beat, yet still manages to take on a character and aesthetic all its own. Everything gels, everything sticks. 
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You can discuss the fine points until you turn blue in the face, but at the end of the day, Skip Work is a rollicking celebratory study in dynamic arrangement and steadfast pop craftsmanship.
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Still care to inquire about those credentials? Give it a spin. The tunes will sort it out for you.
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DaveHHM

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.

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