Music Notes: Local Band of the Week

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The polls closed this past Sunday at midnight for the National Association of Music Merchants’ Nationwide Teen Battle of the Bands competition, and when the results were posted, Power Pirate and its fans couldn’t be more pleased. The local band received enough votes to place in the top 10, and will perform at the 2010 NAMM show in California, along with winning money for local music programs.

The band wrote on their web site, “We would like to personally thank everyone who made this happen. Everyone who voted, made us your Facebook status, told their friends and family, subscribed to us on youtube, watched our TV interview on NBC, listened to our music, bought our music on iTunes and visited our web site.”

The top ten bands won between $500 and $5,000 for their high school music programs, and between $100 and $750 for the members. They are also invited to compete live in California at the 2010 NAMM Conference. “We would not only love to help other teens, and play in California, but we are also working towards paying off our album production costs,” said Pakulskl, guitarist and lead vocalist of Power Pirate.

This album, Plane Ticket, is currently in production and will be released in early 2010 onto all the major digital stores such as Amazon and iTunes, as well as physical copies being made available at live shows.

Power Pirate: Emily Pakulskl

Power Pirate: Emily Pakulskl

“We recorded the songs ourselves in Emily’s basement. Our recording process involved using mattresses, pillows, and blankets to create a makeshift recording booth to record guitar and vocals. We were able to get some great sounds out of some inexpensive equipment. Mike is doing the mixing and production work,” said Monari.

When asked where they see the band in five years, Pakulskl responds, “Well, we’ll be out of high school by then. We have a dream of performing for an international audience. In five years, we’d hope to have shared our music with as many people as possible. We’re also hoping to improve as musicians, and spread the spirit of self-help and DIY recording to other teenagers.”

You can catch Power Pirate live this Friday at The Black Cat at 8p.m. Learn more about these three talented musicians, and test out some of their tunes on their MySpace, Facebook page, and web site.

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