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Powder Chutes

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Powder Chutes are Archie Orbell, Clarke West, Henry McConnell & Otis Murphy, garage rock miscreants with an impressive work ethic, and an unmistakable groove.

From Wanaka, New Zealand, they are a tight young four piece delivering a heady mix of thunderous stage-ready, riff-laden originals, and carefully considered covers. With none of them over 16, Powder Chutes bring a freshness to guitar driven music that combines youthful exuberance with sweat-soaked vintage grunt. 

The boys are coming out blazing with their first self-funded Sweet Noise Pollution EP, recorded in 3 days of sonic genius at the incredible Studio Sublime (of Reb Fountain fame) in mid 2021 . With artwork by Jersey born Producer, DJ, pro-snowboarder, skateboarder, graffiti artist, and travel blogger Scott Nixon, the EP drops soon on all major platforms.

Already stalwarts of the local live scene, the Powder Chute boys have slowly but steadily been fermenting amongst Wanaka's loose collective of like-minded musicians, producers, DJs, artists, athlete's and songwriters, centred around the town’s rich musical and creative melting pot that has an inspired MAC (Mount Aspiring College) music department at its nucleus, helmed by local legend Mat Doyle. 

The lads are relentless in their search for gigs or recording opportunities, a quality which saw them welcome in the winter season at Queenstown’s Winterfest, and see it off at the closing day of Treble Cone, Wanaka in both 2020 and 2021. They continued to establish themselves at Queenstown’s Central Soundwave battle of the bands competition, hosted by Rockformation, coming away with the coveted prizes to play the Wanaka main stage on New Year’s Eve 2020, and were 2021 Smokefree Rockquest regional finalists.

They have a secret weapon in Oscar, one of the best up and coming engineers in the game, and their own Tiki, who is inevitably found twisting knobs and weaving subtle sonic textures into the mix at a Powder Chutes show. 

The boys have been heavily involved in the inspirational YAMI Sounz Summit, where amongst other things they have recorded with Lee Prebble and Barnaby Weir, wigged out with Seamus Johnson from Sea Mouse, and members joined icons such as Troy Kingi, Delaney Davidson, Tiki Taane, Laughton Kora, Bella Kalolo, Deva Mahal, Shapeshifter and Kings amongst others, on stage.

Following the first lockdown, they played two nights to a packed audience at the Lake Wanaka Centre as part of the Renewart shows, and recently supported Dunedin band Fre3dom on their single release tour, and hit the stage with Wanaka's own The Cloobs.

Sweet noise pollution... groove-fuelled grunge... Powder Chutes are electrifying, ambitious, and hungry.

Their debut EP is about to drop on all major platforms.

Band Members:
Archie Orbell
Clarke West
Henry McConnell
Otis Murphy

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Kens2

Joined: 03/11/21
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Location: Otago
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Posted: Wed Nov 3, 2021 10:15 am
Really exciting young group of talented musicians cant wait for there new EP to come out! Laughing
 

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