You might not have heard about them yet, but if you’re into the electronic dream-pop type of music, it’s only a matter of time. It won’t be long until Superhumanoids blows up the indiesphere.
When I caught the Superhumanoids’ show this past Monday at Johnny Brenda’s, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I knew nothing about them, and the group (signed to Innovative Leisure) has kind of been keeping a low profile on the East Coast so far. I listened to a few of their tracks online before the gig, and I liked what I heard, but I didn’t know how well that was going to translate into a live set. If anything, I think I was expecting the Superhumanoids to be a bit amateurish, given that their debut album hasn’t even been released yet. (Exhibitionists comes out on August 6th.)
But I am happy to report, amateurs they were not.
The first thing that struck me about the group (a trio consisting of Cameron Parkins, Sarah Chernoff, and Max St. John, joined by drummer Brian Henspeter on tour) is how tight their playing was. The band members didn’t just seem to be comfortable on stage — they seemed to be comfortable on stage with each other. That’s pretty rare for brand new bands.
I was intrigued.
So after the show, at home on my laptop, I dug a little deeper on the internet. I found a recent Billboard interview, in which Parkins says the group has been playing together for a few years. They also have a couple of EPs under their belts. (Urgency was released in 2010 and Parasite Paradise in 2011.)
Aha! I thought to myself. That makes sense.
Add to the fact that Superhumanoids has also toured with Local Natives and Cold War Kids, who are no small fish, and it’s no wonder why the group was so confident on stage.
One other thing that came as a pleasant surprise was lead singer Sarah Chernoff’s vocals. If you listen to any of the tracks the band has up on Soundcloud, especially “So Strange,” you can hear some power behind those pipes. But what you can’t always tell from recorded tracks, especially when you’re listening to electronic tracks that are heavily synthed, is how much of what you’re hearing is organic and how much of what you’re hearing is computer-enhanced.
It was nice to find that there was substance and emotion behind the vocals, which really, is nothing but a reflection of the group’s music over all.
Look out for Superhumanoids’ release on August 6th. I have a feeling Exhibitionists is going to make it onto my Top Summer Albums of 2013 list.