Superheaven has spent the last five years honing their grunge buzzing and desperate sound across four EP's, showcasing and perfecting a talent for writing both jarringly heavy and delicately emotional songs. Combined with relentless touring across the U.S. and Europe since the band first formed in 2007, the stars aligned for Superheaven's Run For Cover Records full length, Jar, an outstanding and highly-anticipated debut LP.
Engineer and producer Will Yip's massive production knocks you on your ass from the very first drum hit and snarling guitar riff on album opener "Sponge." The stadium-sound drums fill the record, plus pulsing bass and walls of buzzsaw guitars are all mixed with the size and clarity of major label grunge breakthrough records like Nirvana's Nevermind and Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream.
Since the 2013 release of Jar, Superheaven has stayed true to the ways of their past, spending the majority of the past year and a half on the road. The band is about to embark on their first European headlining tour with Nai Harvest as support but before that, they'll reunite with Basement on the UK emo-grunge band's U.S. reunion tour. And later this year, Superheaven will head back in the studio with longtime friend and producer Will Yip to begin work on their SideOneDummy debut, due out May 4th, 2015.
Philadelphia's Superheaven released their sophomore album Ours Is Chrome earlier this year - the record is great, but seeing the band play these songs live on a dark stage with lots of intensity made us HUGE fans. Superheaven were on tour right around the album's release in May, and are planning to head back out again soon, so we asked them a few questions about their life on the road:
Tell the Feed The Beat community about Superheaven in one sentence: We are a cool rock n roll band from Pennsylvania.
You just announced tour dates all the way through October (some with fellow Feed The Beat artists like Four Year Strong, Defeater, and Every Time I Die!) - are you excited to get back on the road? Are you looking forward to seeing any new cities or returning to old favorites in particular? Definitely excited to tour again. I get very antsy after being home for like, a week. So I'm definitely itching to play again. I always love playing Philadelphia, because we're from here, but I am looking forward to playing Atlanta and Boston too. I've learned that not a lot of bands like playing Atlanta, but it's one of my favorite cities.
What is your biggest "must have" while out on tour? Probably Spotify. If I couldn't listen to stand-up comedy or music in the van, I don't know what I'd do. And having it all at my disposal from one app is super convenient.
You guys released your latest record Ours Is Chrome just a few months ago - how does it feel to have that out in the world, and to be playing those new songs on tour? Are there even newer songs that we might hear on some of these dates? It feels great. People seem to dig the new songs, and playing them live is awesome. I doubt we'll play anything unreleased on this tour, but we are in the process of trying to write new material already.
The videos we've seen so far from the record ("I've Been Bored" and "Gushin' Blood") have featured aliens, revenge, and a whole lot of intensity. Is there another video on the way? Can we expect it to be just as intense and make us think just as hard? While there isn't currently a new video in the works, I'm sure it will be cool and creative, when we do make another. The people we choose to make videos with are always on when it comes to thinking up cool, new ideas that act as visual aids to the songs, that actually make sense.