"One of my favorite finds is when I find quality musicians in a firmly established genre that are willing to experiment and take that genre to different place. Sometimes these musicians are seen as the outcasts, but sometimes down the road they are seen as musical geniuses for discovering something that no one had thought of before. We may have found that genius early in Dave Hammer's Power Supply.
Dave Hammer's Power Supply released the 5 song EP Aht Uh Yo Hed introducing even more original sounds to the world. If that title is stumping you please realize it is an homage to Shuggie Otis, an RB/soul legend and profound influence on the band.
Right away you can hear that all three members of this band are excellent musicians and truly know how to handle their instruments. From the reggae guitar over an atmospheric background of the opener 'It's Not Worth it', to the true jazz feel of 'Robots', a song you could expect to hear in a smoky underground club in the old side of town. When all of these influences are mashed up into one album and performed by technical masters it makes for beautiful and extremely interesting music. The title track, Aht Uh Yo Hed, may be my favorite of the album.
It starts with an old Elvis style guitar riff and Dave's soulful vocals before combining with Chris' masterful jazz drumming and ends in an experimental guitar rock out that leaves you wanting much more than the 2 minutes and 13 seconds that the song provided." Indie Band Guru
"...DHPS consists of friends and University of Akron music school students. The music contains some fancy, jazz-like chord progressions and blues- and jazz-informed solos, dips into some unusual meters and some nice vocal harmony on tracks such as the new EP's toe-tapper Conartist.
Though the time spent studying and woodshedding in music labs and classrooms permeates the music, the band doesn't fall into the trap of many young musicians who feel they must stuff all their musical knowledge into the nooks and crannies of every song. Malcolm X Abram, Akron Beacon Journal
"...Blues Explosion: The band delved deeply into the blues for this album. "Dave has always loved blues music," says DeRubertis. "Over the last several years, he's dug into delta blues and learned that style. He'll sit in his room for three hours, cruising YouTube for old performances of songs and once one hits him over the head, he learns it. Because of that interest of his and us feeling that coming from him, [Greasy] ended up the way it did." Jeff Niesel CleveScene.com