Powerwasher – The Power of Positive Washing

The Power of Positive Washing is the debut album from Powerwasher, a punk outfit hailing from Baltimore and Atlanta. The band’s music is the kind of stuff that can rile you up and get the blood flowing, with erratic rhythm changes and frenetic melodies. It’s like the band is dipping into two extremes – one is their art punk side, which shows up in their agile rhythmic shuffles and bold riffs that create lots of surprising moments. The second is their sleazy laid-back style, which makes it seem like everything is spontaneous and fluid. Their singer exhibits the latter quality the most, with slurred words and a unique slacker style that leads to lots of dynamism. The result is a rich 7-track where things can go from zero to a hundred in a mere matter of seconds. You really don’t know where a song is headed at any given moment, but worry not as Powerwasher provides a wild and interesting ride all the way through.

Album lead single “I Made A Painting” feels like an abstract artwork with all the jagged nooks and avenues the song rolls around in. It starts as the singer declares “change: a universal constant” before going into tangents lyrically and melodically. It feels like a Jackson Pollock painting, but with somehow more vibrance and color.

Third track “You Were Just Here” starts like a dark, smoky dream before erupting into a long and swirling lament from someone who’s missing a loved one so badly. Topped with a math-rock breakdown and a heart-pounding end to push the emotions further.

For Powerwasher, the excitement doesn’t end. “Gather Moss” is their longest track clocking in at 4 minutes. It comes in already sweaty and leaves breathless with sections trying to out pace each other. In the midpoint it takes a few stops for a quick breather, before bellowing again towards a relentless end.

Even though the band takes a few hints from math rock, I feel like chaos is still the main ingredient for these songs – making it perfect for live shows with a huge crowd. The excitement of what could happen next is always present, which is precisely true for closers “It’s Hard to Explain” and “Double Meanings”. And even as though some of us are locked up indoors, this pulsing excitement is captured quite well in their recordings. Powerwasher already shows a ton of promise, and this is one record you should check out!

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