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January 15, 2004
Powertrane marked Scott's return from the Hydromatics' European tour with a show at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor with Back in Spades as support. Back in Spades are a great young Detroit band featuring the considerable guitar talents of Jackson Smith (son of Patti and Fred Smith) and they do a rip roaring version of the Sonics Rendezvous Band classic, "City Slang".
No more Powertrane shows for a while as guitarist Robert Gillespie is committed to an extensive German tour with Mitch Ryder for the time being. Powertrane's new album is in the can, however, and negotiations are underway with a couple of prospective labels. Expect to hear it later this year.
A Powertrane single on American Ruse Records is imminent. As previously announced, "Beyond the Sound" is a split 7" with Sweet Justice, the L.A. band fronted by Frank Meyer (Streetwalkin' Cheetahs). Check the label's web site to place a pre-order. Tell Bryan Scott sent ya. The cover art is at right.
Also in the pipeline is a live album from the Hydromatics on a yet-to-be-determined label.
The big announcement is the advent of Soulmover, a band with a heavy soul influence and fronted by Scott and Nicke of Sweden's fabulous Hellacopters. This will be the whole nine yards with a horn section and chick singers and they'll be recording an album and undertaking a European tour later in '04.
On a sadder note, Scott's dad passed away at his Ann Arbor home shortly after his son's return from the Hydromatics tour. Scott and his family appreciate the many messages of condolence they received.
January 13, 2004
If you're in Detroit, Michigan, you could do worse than make your way down to the Hard Rock Cafe this week. Homegrown photographer Sue Rynski is displaying her images of the late 1970s rock and roll underground scene there.
Many of these images have never been seen before in the United States. These black-and-white photographs feature iconic performers such as Iggy Pop and Patti Smith, as well as local guitar heroes Fred "Sonic" Smith and Ron Asheton and their ex-MC5 and Stooges band mates, in a definitive portrait of one of the most exciting periods in rock history.
Recently shown in Paris, where Rynski now resides, the Detroit exhibition includes many images that will be seen for the first time in the United States.
Sue's photography truly embodies the spirit of Detroit's underground scene, and has been published in magazines Creem, NME and Rock Scene, Rynski also served as chief photographer for Detroit's legendary White Noise magazine. Nominated for "Best Photographer" in the first Michigan Rock Awards, she captured, up-close and personal, the underground scene and explosive stage presence of cult groups such as Destroy All Monsters, Sonic's Rendezvous Band and Sirius Trixon and the Motor City Bad Boys. Ê
The transfer of energy from subject to photographer is evident in her work, which catches the performers in the movements that express their genuine passion. According to an article published in the September 2003 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine, France, "Rynski's photos take us into the heart of an epic period...she captures convulsions and hallucinations then delivers us to the minimalist rites of punk."
Selections from the Rynski's archives are also currently on display at Detroit's CPOP Gallery and at Rockarchive in London. Her photographs will also be featured in Ivan Suvanjieff's upcoming film "Detroit Punks." The online Sue Rynski Vintage Detroit Rock Photos gallery can be viewed at www.motorcityjams.com There's also an interview with Sue at the I-94 Bar
The exhibition runs for the next week in front of the new Hard Rock Cafe Detroit, in the atrium of the Compuware Building. It is visible for all to see, you don't have to go into the restaurant. The address is 1 Campus Martius, Woodward Avenue at Monroe Street . It runs until January 23.
If you want to contact Sue, you can do so here.
Photos on this page of Scott Asheton and Scott Morgan and of Fred "Sonic" Smith used by permission © Sue Rynski.
November 7, 2003
Next show for Powertrane Featuring Scott Morgan is November 29 at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor. Supports are Broadzilla and Back in Spades, the latter the band for Jackson Smith, son of Fred and Patti. Street date for the split single on American Ruse Records is some time in November.
September 10, 2003
The Scandinavian leg of the Hydromatics tour has had to be shelved for the time being. The good news is that the Hydros are heading into the studio for three days of recording, inbetween shows, and have been furiously writing on the road. Updated tour dates are here.
August 26, 2003
One more date added to the tour - Wed 8/27 - Fantomas, Toulouse. Full list of dates here.
August 23, 2003
New label American Ruse Records have announced that their first release will be the studio debut for Powertrane featuring Scott Morgan. "Beyond the Sound" is a tune Scott co-wrote with Nicke Royale of the Hellacopters and will be one side of a split single on American Ruse, along with the first effort from Sweet Justice, the new band for L.A.-based Frank Meyer of the Streetwalkin' Cheetahs.
A handful of new dates have been announced for the Hydromatics European tour, which will mark the debut in Hydros ranks of bass player Laurent Ciron. Lauren's credits include playing for long-running French band The Dogs, as well as stints with Freddie Lynxx and Kevin K.
Check the dates page.
July 9, 2003
Latest from the Powertrane camp is the final songs for the album are worked up and ready to go to tape at Ghetto recorders in Detroit. They're called One Eyed Jacks, Talk is Cheap, and Mixed Up Shook Up World.
June 22, 2003
Powertrane do it again at the Blind Pig on August 2. Probably the last show before Scott hits Europe to do a run with the Hydromatics. We'll have those dates here for you, but the itinerary includes an appearance at the serie z festival in Spain with Radio Birdman and possibly with Wayne Kramer, as well as another German gig with Birdman.
Scott looks like doing some more work with Nicke from the Hellacopters later this year. Stay tuned for details.
June 1, 2003
Scott Morgan's Powertrane returned to the live forum with a typically rocking show at The Blind Pig in Ann Arbor last night. Supports were The Sights, The Cult Heroes and The Avatars, the latter featuring Powertrane bass player Chris "Box" Taylor on guitar.
May 23, 2003
Scott and guitarist Robert Gillespie are writing new material for the soon-to-be-completed Powertrane album. Eight tracks have been recorded at Detroit's 40 Oz Studio with most figuring in the current Powertrane set. They are:
Beyond the Sound, Chilly Willy is Missing, Pearl, Ain't No Time, Taboo, Welcome to My Nightliner, I Stole Everything and Inner Flight Head Royale.
Taboo, a Gillespie tune,was previously recorded by the MC5's Rob Tyner. Inner Flight Head Royale was a Gillespie co-write with the late MC5 singer.
May 22, 2003
The Hydromatics have been confirmed for the Serie-z Festival, in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain on August 30. Also playing that day are Radio Birdman and the Hellacopters.
Plans are underway for members of all three bands to play together on a massed guitar City Slang!
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