Face to Glass started out as a solo project by Powell in 2004 and now includes lead guitarist Ben Scarbrough, 23, bassist Matt Wycoff, 25, and drummer John Hardwick, 26.
Face to Glass entered the Northern Virginia scene June 30 with a self-produced, six-song EP they debuted at T.T. Reynolds, a popular music venue in Fairfax City.
Like the multitude of independent bands trying to make it in this area, the members of Face to Glass know that building a local following and garnering attention from the music industry are not easy feats.
"It's frustrating, but we're a young band, and we've already started hitting things really hard," Scarbrough said. "Hopefully, it'll pay off."
Powell shares similar sentiments.
"My bottom-line goal is to eventually be able to make a living only doing the band," he said, playfully adding that, "if that means we have to be rock stars, then so be it."
Although the "right-time, right-place" myth of success does hold some truth when it comes to the music business, not everything can be left to chance. Bands trying to "hit it big" have to start small.
"The VA/DC area is increasingly becoming more of a musical hotspot," Powell said. "Its central location puts it relatively close to New York and Nashville, both of which are music epicenters. It's nice on one hand not having as much to compete with, but on the other hand it would be nice to have more musicians in the area and more bands with which to network."
Although it is often a struggle, venturing into the world of the independent music scene does have its rewards.
"[The band is] my single outlet for everyday life," Scarbrough said. "If I have a bad day, it makes me happy to know I'm going to spend a few hours in the basement playing music. It's a release, it's fun, and it keeps me sane."
Hardwick of Face to Glass said, "[In the end, it's about] making the music you want to hear with the guys you enjoy
rocking with, day in and day out."