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Newton, Massachusetts, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2007 | INDIE

Newton, Massachusetts, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2007
Band Rock Adult Contemporary




"Lead track “Solace” is a pretty spectacular pop song."

"Lead track “Solace” although rough around the edges, is a pretty spectacular pop song. By the time the honey-drop guitar break rolls around, it feels as though the tune has enough four-chord jangle to have been on the “Pete & Pete” soundtrack. That, mixed with a vocal dynamic that meets the harmonies of the Indigo Girls and the nonchalance of Liz Phair halfway, makes for a pretty sentimental but cheerful listen. Powderhouse shows pop rock promise in a pleasantly surprising way." -Perry Eaton, BDCwire (Boston.com), Aug. 18, 2014. - BDCwire (Boston.com)

""Stylish alt-pop...""

"We've got some stylish alt-pop happening at IPO Boston with Powderhouse! The Jayhawks of Boston? Could be!!" - David Bash, International Pop Overthrow Festival, Nov. 20, 2014 - International Pop Overthrow Festival

""A happy-go-lucky pop-rock attitude that screams “play me loud”!""

"Batting second this week on “The Plug” is a group which hails from the east bank of the Charles River in the city of Newton, MA … the band is called Powderhouse and their song, “Kilimanjaro” reminds the listener of hiking trips and vacations which have yet to be executed with a happy-go-lucky pop-rock attitude that screams “play me loud”!" -Brian Ball, Director of Music and Talent, WomensRadio, Jan. 19, 2011. - WomensRadio Music Review (WomensRadio.com)

""...an Indie Rock band that could ride the edge of a few other genres as well, extremely talented and hard to turn off...""

"I may be a huge fan of bands with women singers, but when it comes to Powderhouse I like them as good as any band. Just like music should be, girl or guy when we all come together and make a cool sounds, it's the only important thing. Powderhouse is an Indie Rock band that could ride the edge of a few other genres as well, extremely talented and hard to turn off, they will be playing on my iPhone for a while." - Jonny Katz, The Boston Local Music Show (UNregularRadio.com), Oct. 11, 2012 - The Boston Local Music Show (UNregularRadio.com)

"" I like this record very much...the melodies are all instantly hummable""

"I don’t ever foresee a time when I don’t appreciate a solidly constructed set of power pop tunes, which means I like this record very much. For the most part, it’s more pop than power, but being children of the ’90s (or so I assume), Powderhouse isn’t afraid to throw some fuzzed-out guitar into the mix. Teresa Mastrorilli’s voice has a pleasant lilt, which makes me think of the band as a slightly countrified version of Boy Wonder. The songs are mostly mid-tempo, but they all have life. While the melodies are all instantly hummable, at no point do they feel derivative or overly familiar. The six songs serve as a nice appetizer. I’m ready for the main course." - Kevin Finn, The Noise, March 2013 - The Noise

""Jangling, introspective power-pop...""

"Jangling, introspective power-pop led by Teresa Mastrorilli’s guileless vocals are the perfect complement to Art DaPrato’s fine keyboard accompaniment, Fred Pickard’s understated lead & rhythm guitar, Ray Boyce’s bolstering 6 & 12-string guitar and bass lines and Kevin Moylan’s spot-on timekeeping. This young band has created a solid musical debut (sic) that will act as a fine stepping stone for great things to come. College friendly tracks include the hip, Byrds infused album opener “Sheepskin Hollow”, the bouncing “Gotta Be With You”, and the sassy, in-your-face “Don’t Let Me Down Again”". - Douglas Sloan, Metronome Magazine, February 2013 - Metronome Magazine

""12 tracks of very enjoyable, Liz-Phair-circa-Exile-In-Guysville, straight up rock music.""

"Judging from the cover of Powderhouse's in the meantime, a water color-ish picture of a starry night sky with a silhouette of a woman in the lotus position on top of a hill, I expected to be tortured with some new-age stylings and maybe some Native American pan flute. I was pleasantly surprised when what I got instead was 12 tracks of very enjoyable, Liz-Phair-circa-Exile-In-Guysville, straight up rock music. Theresa Mastrorilli has that same sexy deep voice that was put to such great use on that classic record from 1993; and it certainly doesn't hurt that she's backed by a fantastic band." -George Dow, The Deli Magazine, April 13, 2011. - The Deli Magazine

"Getting to Know: Powderhouse"

Each week, we take a look through our Sonicbids dropbox and let a band tell us about themselves. This week, get to know Powderhouse. You can catch them at T.T. the Bear's on Wednesday, February 25. - Boston Music Spotlight (Feb 2009)

""...the guitar leads sounding like Neil Young fuzzed out...""

"The sound is shiny bright and everything is played quite right...the guitar leads sounding like Neil Young fuzzed out...these tunes I can truly tout." - The Noise (Magazine), November 2010. - The Noise

""...an upbeat set of originals that will hit the college listening crowd square in the face.""

Boston garage-rockers Powderhouse are led by the lead vocal prowess and songwriting of Teresa Mastrorilli. Joined by bandmates Fred Pickard on guitar, Art DaPrato on piano and keys, Ray Boyce on bass, guitar, mandolin and harmonica, and Kevin Moylan on drums, Powderhouse delivers an upbeat set of originals that will hit the college listening crowd square in the face. Best tracks: the bouncing "Kilimanjaro", the simple twange of "Even Though", the rock & roll drive of "Pick You Up", "Coffee Shop Girls", and the Cars-inspired "Too Far Gone". -Douglas Sloan, Metronome Magazine, October 2010. - Metronome Magazine

"Strong, assured lead vocals..."

"Some rollicking rock 'n roll sounds are the order of the day with Powderhouse, a new band on the scene. Powderhouse features the strong, assured lead vocals of Teresa Mastrorilli. What sets them (Powderhouse) apart is their energy on stage and the fun they have while performing that they share with the audience." -David Bash, CEO, International Pop Overthrow Festival, Official Program and Guide, November 2009 - David Bash, 2009 International Pop Overthrow Festival, Official Program and Guide

"High Octane Folk Rock"

"Back for their second straight IPO Boston is Powderhouse, one of my fave bands on the Boston scene! Fortified by the lead vocals of Teresa, and the bass playing of Ray Boyce (whose previous band, The New Thirty, also played IPO Boston), their brand of high octane folk rock is very, very cool!" -David Bash, International Pop Overthrow Festival, Nov. 3, 2010 - David Bash, 2010 International Pop Overthrow Festival

""Radio friendly songs....Good stuff!""

"5-piece Boston based band Powderhouse, fronted by singer-songwriter Teresa Mastrorilli, return with their 4th album, a well-penned 5 song offering aptly titled “Spark”. Joined by bandmates singer-bassist Ray Boyce, guitarist Fred Pickard, keyboardist Art DaPrato and drummer Stephen McDonough, Teresa and company keeps things light and bouncing musically with taught rhythms, whirring keyboards and sterling guitar licks. Radio friendly songs include the fine album opener “Waited A Long Time” and the cleverly rowdy “Bourbon Hangover”. Good stuff!" -Doug Sloan, Metronome Magazine, March 2018. - Metronome Magazine


Spark (2017). Five song EP released Nov. 17, 2017 on FOC Records. Available as a CD and in multiple digital formats.

Life in Black and White (2014). Five song EP released Sep. 16, 2014 on FOC Records. Available as a CD and in multiple digital formats.

Through The Air (2012). Six song EP released Nov. 13, 2012 on FOC Records. Available as a CD and in multiple digital formats.

In The Meantime (2010). Full-length (12 song) album released July 27, 2010 on FOC Records. Available as a CD and in multiple digital formats.



Powderhouse is a female-fronted original rock band from Boston, recently reunited after a 5 year hiatus.

Powderhouse first came together in early 2007, when Teresa approached bassist/producer Ray Boyce and drummer Kevin Moylan to help her record some of her original songs. That led to the formation of Powderhouse, who played their debut gig in May 2007. The band has since played successful shows at top clubs throughout the Boston area, including Church, The Middle East, Hard Rock Café, Precinct, T.T. the Bears Place, Davis Square Theatre, Sally O’Briens, Copperfield's and Bills Bar. After adding lead guitarist Fred Pickard and keyboardist Art DaPrato to the line-up in 2008, Powderhouse released their full-length debut album, "In The Meantime” in July 2010. The track "Keeping My Heart" was voted onto the Top 5 Local Song Poll on WZLX/Boston Emissions for 4 weeks and songs from the album received airplay on both terrestrial and Internet radio. Positive reviews appeared in The Deli Magazine, Metronome Magazine, The Noise, WomensRadio Music Review and elsewhere. Songs from that debut album also appeared in the soundtrack of the indie film "Wingman” (2011).  The band released a follow-up EP entitled “Through The Air” in Nov. 2012, playing lots of shows to support that EP, which also received solid reviews and radio airplay. Powderhouse has been selected to play the International Pop Overthrow Festival 5 times (’09, ’10, ’13, ’16 & ‘17) and was twice featured as the "Soundtrack" artist of the day on NECN’s "The Morning Show". 

The EP “Life in Black and White” was released in September of 2014, which Powderhouse celebrated with a CD release show at The Middle East opening for Lydia Loveless.  After a personnel change in 2016 (Steve McDonough replacing founding drummer Kevin Moylan), the band hit the studio to record a batch of new songs. The EP “Spark” was released in November or 2017 (available in all digital formats), produced by Ray Boyce at FOC Studios in Newton MA and mastered by Pete Weiss at Verdant Studio in Athens VT.  Soon thereafter, the band went on hiatus. But after a 5 year break, the band's original lineup reunited to perform at the Boston edition of the International Pop Overthrow Festival on Nov. 18, 2022. The success of that reunion show has inspired the band to book more gigs and release new music in 2023. For more information, contact the band at powderhouseband@gmail.com.

www.sonicbids.com/powderhouse (EPK)

Band Members:
Teresa Mastrorilli - Lead Vocals & Guitar
Ray Boyce - Bass & Vocals
Art DaPrato - Keyboards
Fred Pickard - Lead Guitar & Vocals
Kevin Moylan - Drums

Band Members