Super Size Seven is a band that is always full of surprises. Full of wild antics, you never quite know what is going to happen at a show. Between taunting each other, razzing on crowd members, and a general state of just-plain-crazy, you quickly learn to expect the unexpected from this band.
The band celebrated their 10 year anniversary in February. They have spent the last 10 years- a considerably long amount of time for a band to remain with it’s original lineup in tact- as a three-piece band with Emmett Berry on bass, Mark Moss on guitar, and Steve Junge on drums. Vocal duties are shared by the band members. Says Mark, “Like brothers, we don’t let each other down. We apologize. We yell. We apologize again. We laugh. We drink. We get merry, then fight some more, then tell each other we love and respect each other. I can only speak for me, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”
Super Size recently surprised their fans by adding a 4th member to the lineup. “Magic” Brad Lingenfelter has joined the band as a second guitar player to bring a fuller sound to the band’s original songs. Introduced to the band by mutual friends, Mark says of Brad, “It’s like he’s been in the band forever! It’s a lot of fun working with another guitarist who knows the parts, knows the role and wants to work hard.”
Nearly a year and a half ago, the band hosted a CD release party for a 5-track EP. Since then, the band has continued writing and has recorded another 7 songs- as well as remixed the songs from the EP- to round out a full album. They worked along side local talents Brook Hoover of Black Door Studios and Tim King of Kingsway Audio Productions while completing the new CD.
According to Mark, “The most thought-provoking, deep song on our CD is “Another Road” which started out as one of my acoustic songs with different lyrics. We rocked it up a bit and I sat down to rewrite the words. What came to me was more of a song about a lost friend, about jamming with good friends, wishing a particular friend was still around to witness just how much crazy fun we were having. Much to our disbelief we’re better friends now than when we started over 10 years ago and this song reflects that. The lost friend was a very influential person in my musical life, hearing him play guitar was amazing- and he was younger than me, shredding like a maniac at 15-16 years of age. Kid had a very, VERY bright future but was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer and passed away well before his prime and I never got the chance to really reunite with him and just jam. So it’s kind of a tribute to what we do in SS7, to current and past friends, and putting everything into what we do – just simply, rock on.”
On Friday, August 2nd, Super Size Seven will be introducing the new album to local music fans by hosting a CD release party at Chrome Horse Saloon in Cedar Rapids. The show runs from 6-10 PM and will be an outdoor show. The band will be selling their new CD’s, which are a mixture of power pop, punk, and straight up rock, for $5 apiece to help cover the costs of production.