If pop media epitomizes our culture's status quo, then
Superchic[k] strikes golden irony with an amped-up super-pop sound that
exposes the world's inane measuring rods of air-brushed beauty, fabricated
TV fantasies, and popularity politics.
Superchic[k] - featuring Max, lead singer Tricia, her
sister and guitarist/vocalist Melissa, six-stringer Justin, drummer
Brian, and bass player Matt (who once decapitated the group's van via
a hotel overhang) - fires out a melody mosh pit with sardonic wit that
propels the computer nerd and band geek straight to prom night royalty.
Flipping back a few calendars, Superchic[k] first started
as a mere concept.
While touring with another group, Max met a girl who rebelled
against her school's petty political flow and yet still became Homecoming
Queen by the average students' will. From this inspiration, Max formed
Superchic[k] with the empowering message that kids will live grander
lives if they seek God's will and follow their dreams outside the cruel
"codes of cool."
Moreover, the group wanted to show people what can be
achieved simply by trying, which is why the band opts to produce and
record their albums in Max's deep, dark basement. Max remarks, "We hope
to be the start of truckloads of bands making their own albums and finding
millions of fans through the internet."
In 1999, Superchic[k] made its live debut before 5,000
kids at an Audio Adrenaline show and then before thousands more at the
Wisconsin music festival Lifefest. The following year, the group self-released
an eight-song album and began touring the country with Teen Mania's
Acquire the Fire youth events.
With industry buzz overwhelming, Superchic[k] soon signed
to Inpop Records and morphed their eight-song self-release into Karaoke
Superstar. Following their Inpop debut, their CD garnered fan approval
at retail, and rave reviews and press from the Chicago Tribune, New
York Times/Scholastic magazine, Dallas Morning News, Billboard, R&R,
CNN, Newsweek, Mary Kate & Ashley magazine, and many others.
The April 2002 issue of Campus Life also proclaimed Superchic[k]
Best New Artist of the Year. They also spent 2000-2001 touring incessantly
with such high profile outings as Festival Con Dios with Audio Adrenaline,
Newsboys, and the O.C. Supertones.
Superchic[k]'s 2001 label debut, Karaoke Superstar, amassed
piles of critical praise, topped R&R's Christian rock chart.
"Barlow Girls", was nominated for two Dove awards for
Rock Album and Rock Song of the Year, and landed nearly forty major
TV/film placements, from Alias and The Practice to MTVís The Real World
and the feature film The Glass House.
The group's upbeat anthem "One Girl Revolution" even scored
the soundtrack and main credits sequence for Reese Witherspoon's 2001
hit Legally Blonde.
Without question, this inspired Midwestern pop group has
penetrated the mainstream with a hope-filled, spiritually-centered message
that's already been heard by tens of millions of people. And though
the group clocked in over a 100,000 miles in their 15 passenger van
this past year, Superchic[k] is already dropping an astonishing new
album, the poignantly titled Last One Picked.
The energetic, pop-punk band Superchic[k] continues its
genre-busting journey with "Beauty from Pain". The album exhibits Superchic[k]'s
unique, new wave/rock sound coupled with positive, uplifting lyrics
covering topics both serious and witty.
If Karaoke Superstar fashioned a home run sound, then
Last One Picked hammers a grand slam right out of the ballpark. Max,
the group's creative mad scientist, produced the new album in a way
that accentuates their diverse stylistic twists while shooting the sonic
levels right off the charts.
Likewise, the new songs offer more pointed commentary
about the world's social snares while encouraging fans to seek and follow
God's individual purpose for their lives.
"Karaoke Superstar told us that we don't have to compare
ourselves to what's on television," says Max, "but now it's a matter
of making that life knowledge stick as we continue getting ridiculed
walking down our school halls. This new album is about that type of
"We want kids off their couches and figuring out how they're
special," says Max, "even if that means people will laugh at your failures.
Superchic[k] is just a bunch of kids from the Midwest making albums
in my basement and look what happened. We aren't just telling kids what
to do, we are out there doing it ourselves."
"At some point, everyone knows what it's like to be the
last one picked," says Tricia about the album title. "The new album
addresses some heavy subjects, like a girl we met who won't eat lunch
because her jeans don't fit anymore. She's worried because the world
says she's not thin enough when the only person she really needs to
please is God."
"We believe that God has a plan and purpose for everyone's
life," adds Melissa. "Some days you might feel like a one girl revolution,
but that shouldn't keep you from believing that God is in control. On
tour we talked with so many kids facing so many hard times, and a lot
of what we heard inspired us in writing the new album. We encouraged
them to cling to their faith because the next day can be better."
Last One Picked invigorates with energized emotional anthems
like "So Bright (Stand Up)", a guitar-driven call to remain surefooted
against life's wicked winds, and "Hero", a life-giving lesson about
how even small acts can reap huge rewards in a wounded person's life.
The poetically-transparent "One and Lonely" - inspired by the inner-struggles
of a girl the band met on tour - tackles the shaky insecurities in facing
one's self-identity, while "Real" was written in direct response to
a 12-year-old girl's letter describing the bitter pill of being young
and unpopular. On the other end of the spectrum, the punk-inspired "High
School" delivers biting narrative about adults who still think life
is one big popularity contest.
Through all their musical growth, the group best spreads
their artistic wings with the pain-drenched piano-ballad "We All Fall"
that drips with empathy and compassion. Overall, Last One Picked champions
not the victors, but those who seek and follow God's purpose, reminding
us that success is a journey and not a destination.
Melissa states, "I think our message is best summed up
in Jeremiah 29:11, which says, 'I know the plans I have for you, declares
the Lord, plans to prosper you, not to harm you, plans to give you hope
and a future.' I want to tell kids that I am just an ordinary person,
but by following God's purpose for my life, He's brought me to do some
Until a few years ago in Christian music, an act was introduced
to the public as the religious version of a named mainstream performer.
That way, the reasoning went, audiences could identify with the music
they were picking up off the shelves.
With hit songs "Barlow Girl" and "One Girl Revolution",
Superchic[k] is a rocking group of Christians whose music emanates their
love for Jesus. They are strong proponets of morality and Christ-like
relationships, and are a shining example of the way Christians should
act on a day to day basis.
Superchic[k]'s "Pure", completes their trifecta of love
inspired songs. Listen for Pure on Crossrock, and be sure to request
your favorite Superchic[k] songs all this month. You can pick up a copy
of their new album: Beauty From Pain.
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