Powcerhouse formed in 1993 with the intent to awaken the Bay Area scene from it's coma. There were no hardcore bands. There were no hardcore shows. There was no scene and you would be hard-pressed to find a kid who actually claimed to like hardcore. The Green Day phenomenon had kids dying their hair green and swaying to the accessible sounds of MTV pop punk. Powerhouse reacted by unleashing a tenacious sonic assault that would forever change the landscape of the Northern California music scene. They brought back the ideals, styles, and musical sensibilities of Old School New York hardcore for a generation of kids that didn't even know who Agnostic Front and Warzone were. Powerhouse, with bands like Second Coming and Redemption 87, were on a mission. They had faith in hardcore when the rest of the world was recovering from their grunge hangovers with a big bowl of stale three-chord punk. Slowly, the scene grew.
More shows became available. More bands began to form. A greater interest was taken in hardcore by the kids of the Bay Area. Now, hardcore in Northern California is stronger than it has ever been. It has flourished in a way that nobody could have predicted. It's strong, stable, and constantly progressing. And the foundation that this new scene stands proudly upon was built by Powerhouse.
The line-up has had some changes over the years, but is now as solid as oak. Chris Hower, originally from New Jersey, handles the vocal duties. Ernie Cortez, the godfather of OBHC (Oakland Brand Hardcore), provides the thundering bass lines. "Machete" Eddie Medina riffs with rage on the six strings. And Walter Ryan, who had been in the legendary hardcore band Madball, pounds the skins with precision and fury.
Powerhouse re-released their debut 7" entitled "Pandemonium" in the Spring of 2000 on CD EP format with two brand new un-released tracks. The follow up album after "Pandemonium" was a full length CD LP entitled "No Regrets" which was released by Blackout Records (home of H20 and Sheer Terror). Now, Powerhouse returns to Resurrection AD Records for their much-anticipated second album, "What Lies Head.". They have also been featured on numerous compilations, serving as ambassadors of California to the worldwide hardcore community.
Powerhouse has garnered respect from all corners of the world. They claim fans and friends from such important bands as Agnostic Front, Murphy's Law, Madball, Skarhead and 25 ta Life. They have shared the stage with those integral bands and hundreds more.
In addition to the music, Powerhouse has become a multi-faceted consortium to the kids of the Bay Area. The band opened their own all-ages club, called the Bombshelter, and even operates their own tattoo shop called Sacred Tattoo. The tattoo shop has become so successful that they have opened up shop in Fresno and Seattle. The term "a force to reckon with" seems to have been coined with Powerhouse in mind. They will persevere. They will continue to push the scene to it's full potential. Hardcore in Northern California is a machine and Powerhouse is it's engine.