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UNITED STATES, California, Oakland

Date Formed 1993

Categories: Hardcore

Biography

POWERHOUSE, fronted by New Jersey native Chris Hower, is a Bay Area Hardcore act dating to 1993. The opening band unit would see Hower joined by bassist Ernie Cortez, the self-styled 'Godfather of Oakland Brand Hardcore', guitarist 'Machete' Eddie Medina and drummer Jay Rowe. The latter would subsequently be replaced by the POSSESSED, MACHINE HEAD and MADBALL credited Walter Ryan on drums.

A debut 7" single 'Pandemonium', including a cover of BAD BRAINS 'Pay To Come', was followed by an East Coast tour with 25 TA LIFE and European dates partnered with AGNOSTIC FRONT. Their first album, 1997's 'No Regrets', was produced by RANCID's Lars Fredericksen for New York's Blackout Records.

POWERHOUSE re-released their debut 7" 'Pandemonium' through Resurrection A.D. records in the Spring of 2000 on CD EP format, adding two brand new un-released tracks. The POWERHOUSE industry extends beyond music, the band operating their own all ages club 'The Bombshelter', and a tattoo shop 'Sacred Tattoo', which became so successful that they opened up further shops in Fresno and Seattle.

In 2003 Walter Ryan bowed out and Ricky Ross of Long Island was installed on the drums. POWERHOUSE featured two new tracks, including guest vocalist Danny Diablo of EZAC on the song 'Gun Shy', on the 'HxCEx - Special Hardcore Delivery' three way split between Japanese act NUMB and Australia's MIND SNARE in 2004. The album, issued through Impak Muzik, was only issued in Japan.

Ex-drummer Walter Ryan returned in early 2005 as part of a high profile Hardcore conglomerate MURDERER'S ROW, comprising a veteran cast of STIGMATA vocalist Bob Riley, guitarists Leo Curley of BIOHAZARD and Nick Manupella and bassist Sean Nolan from INFECTED MINDS.

Both Hower and Ross would join DOOMSDAY DEVICE.

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