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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Powertrain - Four Day Creep

Powertrain effectively meshes the diverse influences of its members to create their unique blend of melodic metal, classic rock and power pop. The music stirs memories of the classic guitar and Hammond-driven hard rock of Deep Purple and Uriah Heep, the airy prog of Pink Floyd, the 80’s power metal of Dio and Iron Maiden, or the modern feel and moodiness of Alice In Chains. Though their diverse rock sound is not easy to pigeonhole into any one genre, Powertrain is consistently defined by their strong musicianship and tight, melodic songwriting. Powertrain can trace its roots back to Heir Apparent’s European tour in the fall of 2006, which featured a touring lineup that included bassist Bobby Ferkovich, drummer Jeffrey McCormack, and Op Sakiya on keys. Shortly after that tour concluded, McCormack and Ferkovich joined Dead Prjct, a solo endeavor of Fifth Angel lead guitarist Kendall Bechtel. Dead Prjct proved to be short-lived however, and Ferkovich and Sakiya again banded together along with shredder John Jaunese and recorded several songs with The John Jaunese Group that would be featured on various shred guitar compilation CDs. In the summer of 2008, Bobby and Op found themselves without a band, and with a handful of demos they wanted to record. Bobby called up old friend Kendall Bechtel to see if he was interested in working on them, and Bechtel agreed. Kendall provided a much-needed spark, and would end up writing all the lyrics, vocal lines and guitar parts. As the recordings progressed in Sakiya’s SonicOp Studios and the songs began to gel, the three musicians began to realize that together they had a chemistry and collaborative atmoshphere in the studio that was very creative, and just a lot of fun. It was a no-brainer decision that a band shoud be formed, and Powertrain was born. The reworked demos became the “Will To Power” EP, which was released in April 2009 and spawned a minor internet radio hit in “I’m Alive”. The band immediately dove into recording a full-length follow-up, and eventually released the “Tracks” album in October 2010. For the recording of its second full-length album, Powertrain has once again engaged the services of McCormack to handle the drum duties. The new album, titled “Off The Rails”, is slated to be released in the spring of 2012.

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