Powderburn Explodes Into 2007 with Echoed In Red
Written by Sean Claes - Insite Magazine
In 1998, Austin’s Powderburn was formed when guitarist Josh Klayman and vocalist/guitarist Ken Lockman met and decided to bring their signature heavy metal sound to the masses. A little over eight years later, in 2007, Powderburn is hot off the January release of their third release, Echoed In Red.
Along the way they have had some major achievements, playing alongside such metal masters as Slayer, The Misfits, Sepultura, and Anthrax. They’ve also played Austin’s South By Southwest for the past three years running. In addition, the guys have been awarded the title of best metal band in Austin for three of the last four years (The Edge Magazine Awards), and hundreds of fans turn out for their shows and sing the lyrics word-for-word.
The road to today has not been without it’s bumps. They’ve had to contend with a couple of line-up changes, including losing their original lead vocalist. The current line up has become solid with bassist Greg Enkler and drummer Patrick Swift. The band took some time between beers and Jagermeister shots to talk with INsite Managing Editor Sean Claes about the band and the new release, Echoed In Red, a combination CD and DVD.
Sean Claes: How did Powderburn form?
Ken Lockman: The band started in 1999 with Josh and a bunch of random dudes. I originally joined it as a side project, Greg was forced to audition by his roommate, and we most recently rescued Pat from his crap band in NYC. Here we are years later, and I couldn't be happier with this accidental forming of Powderburn.
Claes: How many shows has Powderburn played?
Lockman: We started off playing at what is now a tiny gay bar in Austin and got paid $11 and 6 lone stars. Since then we've played all over TX and in various states in the country... so that's… carry the 2… account for Jager shots... 4834.5 shows.
Patrick Swift: Yeah, the .5 is from that midget biker rally we played. I don't remember much.
Claes: What does the title of your new EP/DVD Echoed In Red mean?
Lockman: Without saying too much, the phrase came up in a conversation at the practice room, and we decided it made a good title for a song.
Swift: Yeah, we gave it a meaning, and so should you. We don't like to effect people's interpretations of our songs too much.
Claes: How did a release/listening party at The Yellow Rose materialize?
Swift: From my love/hate relationship with strippers. I love them, and then they hate me six months later.
Lockman: We play rock music. Strippers like rock music. Guys like rock music. Guys also like boobs. Do the math.
Greg Enkler: If you could have a CD-listening party somewhere, where would YOU go?
Claes: Your last CD, Powderburn, was released in 2003. Why did we wait 3 years before a new CD?
Swift: Gross incompetence.
Enkler: Most of it had to do with getting Pat into the band from New York and up to speed with the stuff.
Lockman: Every band writes songs, records them, and then 6 months later has better songs. We took the time to write 30 songs and pick the best 6.
Claes: Who would be the ultimate band line-up of a Powderburn Tour?
Lockman: Dope, because they're fun guys, Metallica, because they have a few fans, and Justin Timberlake.
Enkler: The original lineup of Guns 'N' Roses. Motley Crue . . . you want fun?
Swift: Ken stole my Justin Timberlake idea, so I'm going to go with Iron Maiden, The Cure, and Metallica, because there is nothing funnier than 40 year old people in leather pants. I do like all those bands, though.
Claes: Who are your favorite local/area bands to play with?
Lockman: Anyone who doesn't take themselves too seriously . . . and doesn't suck.
Enkler: Mevyn, Shrapnel, Quartershackle, that's all I can remember right now.
Swift: I don't like playing with bands so much as I like drinking with them in the green room and making fun of the band who's on at the moment. It's really an art form . . .someone should make a documentary.
Claes: Do you have a day job? What is it?
Enkler: Yes. My day job is ROCKING.
Lockman: I put in long hours at Bodog.com.
Swift: I play a taut, pre-teen Swedish boy on Young and the Restless.
Lockman: Josh turns wrenches on East Seventh Street.
Claes: What are some of the previous bands you've been a member of?
Swift: Hey Greg - weren't you in Armored Saint, or Sacred Reich, or one of those poofy hair bands?
Enkler: Ohh . . it was something between Sacred Reich and Fates Warning… It was Sacred Oath! I was nineteen and playing with a bunch of forty-year old dudes.
Swift: And I was in a crap band in NYC.
Claes: Give us a tour story...
Lockman: I won't say which one of us it was, but things were getting pretty hot and heavy on MySpace one day, and this young lady made large promises about an upcoming show. To our surprise, when she arrived, she still wanted to fulfill those promises, never mind the seventh-month pregnancy. Go METH!
Swift: We're in Houston, at Jake's Bar. We're good friends with the bar staff, and one of the bartenders heard that I'd started wearing underwear after a ten-year hiatus. So, in the spirit of good friendship, she gave me the wedgie from hell, pulling me off my barstool completely.
Not to be outdone, when I recovered from the trauma to my groin, I got up and reached into her pants with both hands, and pulled her thong completely out of her pants. It hangs in the van to this day to celebrate my conquest.
Enkler: Awhile back, we were playing at a strip club. And to not incriminate the guys, I won't name names… but there were at least two members of the band working hard on some of the girls in the club. So hard, in fact, that they loaded out gear faster at this show than at any other in history, in order to get back to the hotel in time to make something happen.
When all was said and done, when we were done packing up, their moms had called them to come home and take care of their children. And the guys in the band drank themselves unconscious.
Klayman: I once peed next to Adam Dutkiewicz from Killswitch Engage.
Claes: What's your favorite dirty joke?
Swift: This band is my favorite dirty joke.
Lockman: What's the best thing about twenty eight year olds? There's TWENTY of them!
Enkler: Why do you put a baby in a blender feet first? So you can see its expression!
Lockman: That's not dirty though…
Swift: Yeah, that's just fuckin gross.
Enkler: Blow me.
Find out more about Powderburn at their site – powderburn.net.