|Labels||Fueled by Ramen|
|Associated acts||Bad City|
|Past members||Daniel McMahon|
Powerspace was a five-piece power pop band from Chicago, Illinois. They are signed to Fueled by Ramen. The band released their debut album, The Kicks of Passion produced by Marc McClusky, on July 31, 2007. Drummer Kevin Kane announced the band's break up on February 17, 2010.
The band first began performing while students at Miami University. Chicago natives and high school friends Tom Schleiter and Daniel McMahon, who both attended St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights, Illinois, began playing together at the university, and soon formed a trio with fellow Miami student and Green, Ohio drummer Kevin Kane. After a search for a vocalist, another Miami student and friend of Schleiter and McMahon's, Alec Cyganowski, joined the group. The band began touring and developed a reputation for energetic live shows, sparking a large amount of interest from record labels. The band then moved back to Chicago and signed to Fueled By Ramen Records, who released their first full-length, The Kicks of Passion, on July 31, 2007. A spot playing at SXSW and nationwide touring ensued in the US in 2007, opening for Hawthorne Heights, Amber Pacific, Monty Are I, Melee, From First to Last, and The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. Most recently, the band's single "Powerspace Snap Bracelet" was featured in SPIN, who also reviewed their album, and the band was profiled in Aquarian magazine. The band has toured with The Classic Crime, Envy on the Coast, Kaddisfly, Madina Lake, Mayday Parade, Brighten, and We The Kings in support of the album. Recently, they added an additional guitarist named Max Perenchio, He was filling in while Tom was attending college.
Starting on April 16, 2008 and ending on the morning of April 17, several of the guys took part in an all night chat on the forum, absolutepunk.net. Along with fans that stayed all night, they broke the previous record, held by The Audition, for most posts in a news thread, with over 5100 replies over about 8 hours.
On May 20, 2008, Dan made the decision to leave Powerspace. He was replaced on tour by Jake Serek.
Powerspace was set to release a full length titled "American Machine" in early 2010.
On February 17, 2010, Powerspace officially broke up before releasing their new album.
The breakup letter was quoted as saying, "Powerspace as everyone knows it is 100% gone, and speaking about it in the past tense is still a very new thing for me, but for these guys to give up music entirely would be a crime. And they're not, and I'm not, and that's about all I can say. So keep tabs."
Currently, Max Perenchio and Jake Serek are in a band with former Bad City drummer Rich Lombardo called The Gold Web. So far, The Gold Web have released one EP on their SoundCloud Page called Freakpool'. Former Powerspace bassist Dan McMahon is in an electronic rock band called duck., who have released an EP on their BandCamp page. The EP, called "Bassment Family", was produced by Tom Schleiter. Kevin Kane is currently pursuing a degree at the University of Akron, and Singer Alec Cyganowski is starting a band called The Holy Motors. Tom Schleiter is in L.A., writing, recording, producing, and mixing music at his music studio - STUDIO AMERICA.
- Former members
- Alec Cyganowski - Lead Vocals
- Tom Schleiter - Guitar
- Kevin Kane - Drums
- Max Perenchio - Guitar
- Jake Serek - Bass
- Daniel McMahon - Bass
- 2006: Houston, We Have a Party (EP)
- 2007: The Kicks of Passion (album)
- 2010: American Machine (album) (unreleased)
- Right On, Right Now 2007
- Biography, Allmusic.com.
- Alyssa Vale, Concert Review. Buzz Weekly, June 21, 2007. Accessed June 27, 2007.
- SXSW. Accessed July 1, 2007
- William Dale, Powerspace ready to 'Kick Out' the Jams. Static Multimedia. Accessed June 26, 2007.
- "Songs You Need To Download Now!". SPIN, July 2007, p. 26.
- Review of The Kicks of Passion. SPIN, August 2007, p. 106.
- Powerspace reveal the VIP Secret. Aquarian, July 18, 2007.