POWERDRILL - VICTIM INSTIGATOR/POWDER PROPHET
Steel City Power Violence, from the depths of the first national lockdown in the United Kingdom and bubbling under throughout restriction. “Victim Instigator/Powder Prophet”, a double A-Side from Sheffield group Powerdrill has finally boiled over, spewing its savage, hardcore punk from March 25th 2022.
Blending powerviolence with elements of electronic music and samples, Powerdrill formed during the lockdown of 2020 from the long-standing friendship and musical partnership of Jak Bunney and Liam Hunter.
The group recorded their debut EP Knife Culture on a laptop on the night the first lockdown was announced. After a while, a mutual friend introduced Jak and Liam to Alastair who joined the project as a full-time drummer and producer for the band. Noah was the final member to join, jumping straight in at the deep end.
Much like those powerviolence bands of old, Powerdrill’s aggression stems from modern issues of police misconduct, drug abuse, society’s current obsession with toxicity. “Victim Instigator”, for example, is based around the misuse of power by police forces around the world – from Sarah Everard and George Floyd to the more recent Russia-Ukraine conflict.
“In the last few years, and the recent threat of WW3, we’ve seen institutions love to flex their bully-boys” vocalist Jak clarifies. “Powder Prophet is about the dangers of drug abuse and how it can distort and twist one’s personality.”
“That all-consuming, black hole that is addiction and the grip it can take on your persona and soul – turning you against everything and anything you love.”
Keeping things short and sweet, Powerdrill’s decision to release a double A-side as opposed to an immediate follow up to the Knife Culture EP was more a decision to keep things “short and sweet”, but it hasn’t lessened the production quality of their works.
With a number of the musicians involved with Clouded Minds Collective and a need to expand upon their first EP, the group have incorporated those electronic influences to accentuate the instrumentations and arrangement of their music.
“And we’ve amped up the aggression” Jak also points out. “We don’t really worry about writing hooks. You tend not to get a chance when your songs are so short. But we keep the energy high, if not higher than before.
“This is definitely the most physically demanding band I’ve ever worked in.”