Listen to Pow!'s Hi-Tech Boom (Since You've Already Complained About S.F. Gentrification Today)
Everyone in this town is talking about the same thing: displacement, gentrification, how all the bands/artists/middle-class people/minorities are leaving -- you know, that stuff. Well, now San Francisco's actual music is talking about it, too. Pow! is the new Castle Face Records band whose press release last week included an epic rant from Thee Oh Sees' frontman John Dwyer about the current stage of S.F. His musings were unusual for a press release, but then the album confronts these issues head-on -- it is, after all, entitled Hi-Tech Boom. Consider this a buzzing, gloomy, synth-punk fit about the state of San Francisco in the form of some pretty compelling songs. The official release isn't until Jan. 14, but you can stream the whole thing right now at Purevolume. We recommend you do -- and start with the title track.