Pop punk group Superchick plays at 7 p.m. today at the Steamboat Christian Center. The group has released six records on the independent Christian music label Inpop.
- Friday, May 1, 2009, 7 p.m.
- Steamboat Christian Center, 821 Dougherty Rd, Steamboat Springs
/ $10 - $15
Steamboat Springs Superchick tours can tend to be a little in your face: The pop punk band often travels with a megaphone, riling audiences with energetic tunes laced with hip-hop and dance beats.
But the tour that will bring the five-piece group to the Steamboat Christian Center at 7 p.m. today is a little more rounded, said Superchick guitarist and singer Melissa Brock.
"There's a lot of heart in this show, so I think it's something that people would like to see and would like to hear. And parents especially, when fans are just crazy all the time, parents are going, 'What else is there?' : I think this tour gets to why we do what we do," Brock said.
Superchick - with Tricia Brock on lead vocals, Dave Ghazarian on guitar and keyboards, Max Hsu as DJ and Matt Dally on bass - appears at the Christian Center with opening acoustic rock act Tal & Acacia and speaker Rachel Hockett.
Melissa Brock talked with 4 Points about crowd participation, keeping a show's depth and rocking faces off.
4 POINTS: How would you describe a typical Superchick show?
MELISSA BROCK: I think when you come to a Superchick show you will possibly get your face rocked off.
4 POINTS: Explain.
MB: We definitely have a lot of energy, and we come out with that instantly, but it isn't like every song is jumping and high energy and crazy. : In general we are very much about crowd participation, so when people come to see us we don't want it to be just us up there jumping around and being crazy - we want to see the crowd jumping and singing along.
4 POINTS: What kinds of things do you do to get the crowd involved?
MB: Just a lot of your basic hand movements and some jumping. And then there is a song where Matt (Dally) does challenge the audience to a dance-off, so there is some actual dancing and some dance moves that we would like to see people break for us, whether that's the 'running man' or a little break dance or some line dancing.
4 POINTS: How would you describe Superchick's sound? It sounds like pop punk with dance music mixed in.
MB: I think it's kind of got a pop punk, funk, hip-hop-ish, '80s music kind of feel. I think it just comes from our backgrounds, because we all like different music. Like Matt, he grew up listening to a lot of hip-hop and harder music, and Trish (Brock) and I didn't. Trish and I, we love the '80s; we love Pat Benatar and that type of stuff, so we like to add stuff like that. And then Max (Hsu) has a very electronic dance background, and then Dave (Ghazarian) has a classical and jazz background. So we try to take as much of that as we can.
4 POINTS: How does all that work together?
MB: What happens is you end up with an album that has a little bit of something for everybody. : Maybe we've even created our own genre, but I'm not even sure what you would call it.