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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

In Print: Powerglove Elevates Videogame Metal, Shannon & the Clams 'Ruin Christmas'

Posted By on Wed, Dec 8, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Dudes in Powerglove played way too much Nintendo
  • Dudes in Powerglove played way too much Nintendo

From SF Weekly's latest print music section:

Powerglove: This is absurd, silly stuff you'd expect from a band that is, well, absurd and silly. Powerglove's repertoire consists of covers (typically instrumental) of themes and tunes unearthed from corners of '80s and '90s pop culture. The Boston band built its name revisiting music from videogames like Killer Instinct, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and the myriad Final Fantasy incarnations, but as the recent album, Saturday Morning Apocalypse, evidences, they're also into TV shows (The Simpsons, Pokémon) and movies (The Nightmare Before Christmas, 1989's Batman). The four-piece's rich, tightly wrought metal sizzles, devising new sonic segments to flesh out the originals, but the band's additions are more about fun than showmanship. 

 This is far from the world's first or only videogame music cover band -- so how does Powerglove give aging, frequently instrumental songs enough personality to separate itself from other bands that also do competent covers? The answer involves dressing like low-budget warriors, endlessly engaging the crowd, and embracing the visual pageantry of Zebediah and friends. It's gimmicky, but it works.

Sizzle & Fizzle: A new feature in which we round up highs and lows from the week in S.F. music.

Shannon & The Clams: "I hate when people act like they are too cool for dumb stuff like holidays," guitarist Cody Blanchard says. "I have tons of Christmas clothes and weird Santas around my house." 

Hence the band's own holiday exploits. Last year, singer-bassist Shannon Shaw decided the trio should cover her favorite Christmas song, Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You," as a present for friends. Those friends loved the CD-R so much that the group laid down more holiday songs this year for a proper record, released late last month by Oakland indie 1-2-3-4 Go! Records. The seven-inch, Shannon and the Clams Ruin Christmas, includes fuzzy, punk-infused covers of "Blue Christmas," "Mele Kalikimaka," and, naturally, "All I Want for Christmas Is You."

Also, we recommend shows from Low, Tame Impala, Soulive, and the Wonder-Full club night.

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