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In a city constantly in search of whatever musical movement is next, the polished, pulsating pop/rock of Superbig stands out. For as rough-around-the-edges as vocalist/guitarist Jimmy Fountalas' subjects are - the band's profile states their tunes are "the result of desperate living, failed relationships and obvious bad life choices" - it's astonishing how fluid and potent their delivery and studio work remains. Symphonies swell, voices harmonize pristinely, and Fountalas' cohorts - guitarist/vocalist Pat Senorski, drummer Dan Hill and bassist Kevin Becker- paint a radio-ready picture that keeps its heart on its sleeve and the hooks coming a mile a minute.
Since forming in 2007, the band has hopscotched around some of Chicago's most renowned stages, blasting out finely crafted bursts of crowd-pleasing rock n' roll. Should-be hits like "Honestly," while leaning on a sturdy rhythm section, still find enough breathing room to include dreamy guitars, massive classical strings and participatory claps, without any of the aforementioned parts overtaking the other. The riff-heavy "Run Me Over" wins with it's witty wordplay ("If you're gonna go / Go real fast / And if you're gonna run / run me over") and seething performance, "For U" sports an echo that's a challenge to decipher if it's man or computer-made (along with cooing, lush backing vocals), and songs like "Epic Breakdown," despite having their footing firmly planted in the present, certainly nod to some of the best romantic new-wave of the 80's. Along with help from violinist Heather Bohem and keyboardist Daryl Couts, all of this makes for an intriguing mix, and one that continues to stir plenty of buzz around Chicago.