Archie Powell & the Exports to Release Great Ideas in Action, Single “Metronome” Premieres, Touring to SXSW

By on February 10, 2012

Has bemused cynicism and ennui ever been so fun? Archie Powell & the Exports have made a career of grafting prismatic power pop and sardonic, dark looks at the world outside into guileless songs with hooks galore. Great Ideas in Action (out May 1, 2012) is the band’s third release of deceptively sophisticated songs.

The band will head south for SXSW in March, where they’ll play the LetsGetMessy party on Thursday March 15th, joining bands like Ezra Furman, Cory Chisel & the Wandering Sons, Yukon Blonde, The Big Sleep, The Damn Choir and more. They’ll launch a new tour to coincide with the release in May.
Archie Powell makes songcraft look simple; he is incapable of writing an un-danceable tune, whether he turns a jaundiced eye on the culture of self-medication or whipping up a 3 minute heist story. Blink and its killer catchy rock, blink twice and its social commentary that is sad, biting, funny but ultimately incredibly honest. Powell’s writing could easily come from someone twice his age but it never feels studied – his humanity just shines through and demolishes any doubts about where he stands.
It’s not hard to find stories in the news about the thousands of debt-ridden young people who are getting out of college and finding that there is nothing out there for them. While Archie claims he was an art student and knew what he was getting into, he’s written a pretty great protest song for his peers in “Job Fair”, singing “Hey baby, please can you cut some slack? You know I’ll settle up tomorrow if you got my back, I’ve been running out of luck cuz it’s about who you know, and all my resumes are fake and I don’t know where to go.”
The album was produced, engineered and mixed by Justin Perkins (formerly of Yesterday’s Kids, The Obsoletes and Screeching Weasel) at Howl Street Studios and The Mystery Room in Milwaukee during the fall of 2011.
Archie Powell & the Exports on Tour:
Feb 11 Oshkosh, WI @ The Reptile Palace w/ Redhawks
Feb 18 Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s Oasis
Feb 24 Milwaukee, WI @ Quarters w/ Tim Schweiger & The Middlemen, Technicolor Teeth
March 2 Lafayette, IN @ The Lafayette Theater w/ Rodeo Ruby Love
March 3 Chicago, IL @ Township w/ Rodeo Ruby Love, The Noise FM
March 9 Columbia, MO @ The Bridge
March 10 Kansas City, MO @ Czar Bar
March 11 Lawrence, KS @ TBA
March 12 Wichita, KS @ Rock Island Live
March 13 Dallas, TX @ Tradewinds Saloon
March 14 Dallas, TX @ Six Flags Great America
March 15 Austin, TX @ 512 Bar (Let’s Get Messy SXSW Day Party)
March 23 Milwaukee, WI @ Linneman’s Riverwest Inn w/ Trapper Schoepp & The Shades


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.