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It would be too easy to label Supergloo a part of the 2 -piece guitar & drum contingent; they share some similarities – powerful songs built on simple rock foundations – yet Supergloo can rightly claim their own musical niche, not the least of which being the result of their eagerness to treat rhythmic experimentation as the icing on the cake to their more obvious blues-rock roots.
But Supergloo are by no means just a blues-rock trio, on their debut album ‘Living Stereo’ they team up with LA producer Danny Saber whose British influence – stints as bassist and producer of UK band Black Grape – have clearly tempted the band away from its rock & roll comfort zone and into a more Beck-like territory (co producer Adam Moseley’s experience with Beck on Odelay and Guero might have something to do with that) as evidenced on such rhythmically built tracks like Carburetor, High and the lyrically inspired China.
A native of Montreal, Canada, Rob Andrew formed the band in London where they recorded basic tracks before packing up and moving mid-stream to LA to work on the album with Saber and Adam Moseley. Abandoning London for LA, Andrew restocked the band with local bass player Dan Lutz and drummer Bryan Head.
A new 3 song EP – due for released in January 2013 – was recorded at LA’s EastWest studios and captures the quick evolution of the band.
Again – like on Living Stereo – Supergloo prove that strong rhythm and raw energy are the essence of the band’s sound. Whether reinventing the blues classic ‘Schoolgirl’ on Deliverer from the Three EP, or on the Wild Thing inspired ‘Sugar Pain’ from Living Stereo, its hard to clearly define the Supergloo style and therein lies their charm.
There’s a clear sixties vibe happening – like on Truth with it’s Beatles sounding harmonies and chord changes – but on most songs it shows up more in the structures themself as opposed to the band’s sound. Supergloo have a knack for merging seemingly odd bedfellows and making it work while never resorting to simply reinventing the past. It’s 60’s sometimes 70’s. But it’s not.
More than anything else Supergloo just sound like a whole lotta fun – and it’s most evident in the band’s lyrics, like on Hesitate where Andrew boasts “I got a hundred dollar car with a thousand watt stereo. All the kids think it’s cool I got a chick in Ontario”.
You get the impression these guys just want to play, and listening through the albums its easy to imagine the band being even more enjoyable ‘live’, since a lot of the vibe feels exactly that way.
On Living Stereo and on Three, it’s clear the band have opted for feel over detail at every turn, the result being an album bursting with confidence, where the band’s unbridled energy and bold imperfections underscore the album’s strongest moments.