Powersiren – Interview – Thanks for Asking!

Written by on April 19, 2024

Powersiren – Interview – Thanks for Asking! – by Liam Sweeny.

We connected with Erin Powers of the band Powersiren to talk about serious tuneage. This is what she had to say.

RRX: Every artist’s first song is a milestone. But so is the latest song. Describe the first song/album you recorded, and also the latest song/album you recorded; what are the differences?

EP: Our first song “On Fire” is a more mellow sounding folk song with an accordion. Our latest, “Broken Record” is a little faster paced and piano driven rock song.

RRX: We all get a little support from those around us. And we also can be impressed by our fellow performers. Who do you admire in your community, and why?

EP: Shows Leary. He’s been supportive of our musical efforts since we started this project and had us come out to his Toolbelt Jedi sessions. He’s also supportive of the entire community around him, writing reviews of open mics and taking an interest in everyone’s work.

RRX: What instrument would you add to the band if you could? Is there anything you are trying to do musically that would be helped with one or more additional players?

EP: We are a duo with backing tracks so a live rhythm section would be nice.

RRX: I know when pitching it helps to tell someone it’s “this meets that.” So let’s try that with you. If you had to give me two bands that meet each other in your sound, what are those bands? More than two bands?

EP: Powersiren is in reality Erin Powers meets Harry Pyle but for a more pop culture reference it’s like a bus with Fleetwood Mac and Tom Petty crashed into a bus with They Might Be Giants and Devo.

RRX: How does practice go? Is the road practice enough, or do you have a practice shack? If so, how does it look? What’s on the walls? What cool sh*t is in there?

EP: We have a designated practice/recording space at home. There’s about 15 different instruments in there. We do have a 1990’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles beach towel hanging on the wall and a Devo energy dome.

RRX: With the exception of singing, everyone has an instrument, an inanimate object that has the distinction of being a lifelong friend. Smooth or temperamental, these objects have a character. So pick someone to answer, can you tell us something special about what you play, your technique, your instrument?

EP: The accordion stands out as something to talk about. It’s a rare sight in rock music. It has a bad rep in pop culture but really sounds amazing if done properly and it’s more versatile than people think.




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