"So many modern bands are carbon copies of one another. That isn't the case here. We love this shit. Top pick."
LMNO - Babysue.com
"Regular guys making irregular rock, and it's worth hearing."
"Brace for the shards."
- The Big Takeover
"An increasingly tight post-rock band worth taking seriously."
Andrea Swenson - City Pages
Dragons Power Up! is a rock group from St. Paul, Minnesota, formed in 2005 by multi-instrumentalists Mike Coyne, Dan Ries, Mike Ries, and Chris Tures. Mike Coyne left the group in spring 2011, and Spencer Wirth-Davis (Big Cats) has since stepped into fill the void. Each member drawing from his own corner of musical influences, their sound marries loose, noisy guitars with tightly-wound rhythm section and vocals atypical of today's indie rock landscape. DPU! twist indie rock conventions by subtly blending the sonic freakouts of shoegaze and noise rock, unorthodox song structures and signatures of post rock, the rhythmic, atonal punch of post-punk, the love of hooks and melodies of the 60s, psychedelica, blues and whatever else they may bring into the mix. The result is both familiar and distinctly new - album rock for an age of MP3s.
As of July 2011, we have released a new split 7" single now out on Guilt Ridden Pop. The split single is on gorgeous transparent red vinyl, and the opposite side is filled by the local power-pop power-stylings of Puppies and Trains. Sea Legs is a new song we recorded this January at Waterbury Studios in Northeast Minneapolis, during an epic snowstorm that nearly left us stranded. When you purchase a copy of the 7", it comes with a download code which will allow you to download the single, as well as an additional bonus track titled "Educate Her Hair". The record is available at Hymie's, Treehouse Records, Yeti Records, Roadrunner Records and The Electric Fetus. In addition, copies will be for sale at DPU! shows for $5, starting July 21st with our single release show at the Triple Rock Social Club.
Brace for the Bloom is our most recent album, released in March of 2010 on the Guilt Ridden Pop label. It was engineered by Neil Weir, Mike Ries, and Mark Kayser at three different studios in Minneapolis.