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Super American are a pop-punk band from Buffalo, New York that wear their 90s influence proudly on their sleeve with their debut EP Disposable, to be released April 7 through Take This to Heart Records.
If you have payed any attention to the pop-punk scene lately, it may be apparent that a whole bunch of bands are looking back at the 90s for inspiration, with bands taking large influence from genres such as Shoegaze (Title Fight), Grunge (Citizen) or Alternative Rock (Basement). Super American differs from this trajectory by showing their musical influence from the 90s in a bold way from the very start of their career, with a bright mix of mid-paced pop-punk, alternative rock and unabashed pop influences.
Opening with the track Sloppy Jazz, this pop influence is immediately apparent, with the a bunch of of ‘Na Na Na’s’ that wouldn’t sound out of place in a Hanson album. Vocalist Matt Cox shows off his high-pitched singing in this track, reminiscent of Jordan Pundik of New Found Glory, with the band showing off their incredibly smooth vocal harmonies throughout this first track.
From here, Super American launch into the 90s alternative rock throwback Feeling Better, which contains a depressing, yet very catchy chorus:
“If I could bottle up this feeling, maybe I, maybe I, maybe I’d start feeling better. If I could chase away my demons, maybe I, maybe I would start feeling better.”
The third track Dearly Beloved sounds like a missing mid-paced New Found Glory track, while Missing Pieces mixes it up by being an acoustic ballad with depressing yet frank lyrics about a failing relationship and shows that the band can change it up while sounding completely natural. The following two tracks are breezy pop-punk with Congratulations sounding a lot like Blue Album-era Weezer and Dumb having flashes of a darker, alternative sound that Super American hints at throughout Disposable.
Super American finishes off their debut EP with the track Rebel’s Yell which starts off as an acoustic track before building into a cathartic alternative rock, with the band using vocal harmonies to increase the tension of track before it ends suddenly right after hitting the songs emotional climax.
Throughout their debut EP, Smart American show off their wide range on influences, with each track present on Disposable having at least a moment or two that makes you take notice of the unexpected, be it the almost Pixies sounding intro to Feeling Better, the alternative rock influenced riffing during the chorus of the track Dumb or even the boy band sounding ‘Oh Oh Oh’s’ in the background of the track Congratulations.
While this is an upbeat sounding EP, the lyrics present show that the band has a strong self-deprecating and depressing streak to them, Matt Cox using the lyrics to tackle themes such as depression, failing relationships and self frustration. Throughout Disposable, Super American show their ability to switch from heavier, alternative instrumentation to acoustic tracks seamlessly, without the band sounding out of their comfort zone, which is always a benefit of debut material, as you get the feeling that the band is tentatively trying to feel out the sound that works for them without it sounding unnatural or artificial.
I get the feeling that Super American will make a large impact off the back of their debut EP as it shows the bands ability to blend up different genres and still deliver a strong batch of coherent songs while showing off their own unique sound, which is quite impressive for such a young band. These guys will definitely be ones to watch in the near future.
Disposable will be available April 7th and can be pre-ordered here.