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From: The Daily Nebraskan

Powerless VI showcases unusual acoustic sound

By Jeremy Buckley
Jan 12, 2005

A harmonium is defined as an organ-like keyboard instrument that produces tones with free metal reeds actuated by air forced from bellows.

I’d never heard of one before talking to The Golden Age bassist Ian Aeillo, so I did a Google image search. After 3,680 images, I was pretty sure he wasn’t pulling my leg.

The instrument isn’t a usual part of The Golden Age’s repertoire, but tonight’s show at Duffy’s Tavern, 1412 O St., isn’t your usual rock show.

Strawberry Burns will perform along with The Golden Age at Powerless VI, one in a series of concerts designed to give bands a chance to showcase their music in an acoustic setting.

“The idea of Powerless is for bands to rethink and reformat their music for this forum,” said Tery Daly, Webmaster for and creator of the Powerless series.

Daly has worked on a few different projects – including Powerless and Scenefest, a three-day festival showcasing local bands – in hopes of fostering a closer relationship between the bands themselves and the local music community as a whole.

He said there is a waiting list of bands that are interested in performing a set at a Powerless show, but he tries to put bands on the same bill whose sounds mesh well together.

Strawberry Burns recently released its second full-length album, “The Kitchen Pink” and will be performing songs from that album as well as some older material to satisfy the longtime fans.

The Golden Age has been around for a while as well, but underwent some lineup changes last spring and only has been playing live with its current roster since September. The band has released one EP, “Calla Lily” and has been working on a number of songs and reworking old ones since the inception of the revamped lineup.

Aeillo, a junior broadcasting major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, said the band has dedicated a lot of time to practicing its songs in the acoustic format in preparation for tonight’s show.

“We’re going to pull out two or three songs that The Golden Age hasn’t played live for a long time,” he said.

Daly said some of the shows have drawn people really well and others not so well, but in any case he believes people are missing out by not coming to the shows.

“One person I know said they didn’t come because ‘they don’t really like acoustic music,’ ” he said. “We’re not sitting in a circle singing ‘Kumbaya.’ ”

Spiritual songs or not, Daly said the idea of reformatting old music has had an effect on the musicians.

“Some of the bands have told me they’re going to do some songs (acoustically) on their recordings or continue to do a few of the acoustic tracks live.”