Supercell Mothership
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Supercell Mothership

Chicago, Illinois, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF

Chicago, Illinois, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2012
Band Rock Psychedelic


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"Music Review: Supercell Mothership"

Supercell Mothership are self-described “post-genre.” Even without a listen, I'd be inclined to believe it since they're gigging with my favorite New World Ancients, a band who straddles genres like an adonis. But listen I did, and tried to nail them down.

And entertaining it was, as I analyzed the two advanced singles, concluding that a “psychedelic rock” label could stick given the guitar of “Golden Flower,” which brought to mind “Venus in Furs” as it deliberately induced daze through plodding paces. Relevant here, Supercell had been kind enough to admit to a few influences, one of them being the Black Angels, who are not only psych-rock, but named after a Velvet Underground song. Add to this Supercell's layered chorus vocals (“Golden Flower”), permeating keyboard arrangements (“Circles”), and a song-stopping middle section injecting space through lovingly off-kilter riffs (“Golden Flower”) – and Supercell clearly descend from Cale, Reed & Co.

In assembling the puzzle though, I ran across a few pieces belonging to another set. The guitar angles wouldn't sound out of place in Interpol/Strokes-era NYC, and the tone/effect recall the spacious guitar work of The xx. So too with the keys: a tone/setting befitting the best of indie music. But at times (“Circles”), the vocals shade to the mainstream rock stylings of Salvatore Paul "Sully" Erna, who is per se awesome, but persona non grata in the hipster circles frequented by the Interpol/xx/Strokes of the world.

All this could confuse the indie press monolith (itself, the new mainstream). But here, where indie still means something, it's the fans who decide. And decide we will. Loudly. As Supercell Mothership psych-rock us from the Cole's stage on January 17th. (Yeah, I said it ... psychedelic rock.) - Chicago Indie Music Live


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Guitarist Michael Navarro and bassist Gabriel Antonio Rodrguez met in the restless Chicago summer of 2012. Influenced by neo-psychedelic experimental rock and 60's soul classics, Supercell Mothership was birthed a lush, ethereal sound driven by exhilarating peaks and troughs. Native Nebraskan Sam Mentzer's noisy garage rhythms added a texture necessary to the incarnation. Their tone wavering heavy in abstract themes of sacred geometry and meditative ruminations, Supercell Mothership is a complex, dynamic contemplation.

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