The Superficials

The Superficials

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With more than 500 songs written, The Superficials always win over even the toughest of crowds...and with music that simultaneously sounds familiar but unlike anyone else they're probably the only band you've heard of whose members have played at both CBGB and Tootsie's Orchid Lounge.

Biography

For The Superficials, the New York minute may as well be the Nashville minute. Barely a year ago, this group of four young expatriates from the East faced the doldrums of Broadway buskers, singing in the streets, working construction jobs, pulling doubles waiting tables, all the while leveraging their futures in the lean and flush, boom and bust world of the 21st Century troubadour. But since then, the inventors of what the Nashville Sports Council calls “Folk and Roll” have hardly been able to keep up with all of the newfound attention.

Their first break came in the form of serenading thousands in Seattle at Hempfest, attended by a record 310,000 cannabis connoisseurs, finishing their set immediately before the stoner Sabbath of 4:20 P.M. Then, their performance at the Country Music Marathon led to the inclusion of their song “Somehow” on New Balance Shoes’ Rock Your Run compilation, distributed to over 30,000 runners. After that, they garnered a coveted spot at the Music City Hot Chicken Festival, where the mayor and Country starlet Lorrie Morgan introduced them to 5,000 adventurous epicureans celebrating Nashville’s super-spicy signature dish. Throw in a headlining spot at the Smith County (TN) Fair, full-houses at the Pumpkintown Opry and Evening Muse in the Carolinas, plus a new record produced by the guy who moved the faders on the triple-platinum hit “I Hope You Dance”, and you’ve got one heck of a year racked up for The Superficials.

The upcoming album, entitled "Decent Hits", will be The Superficials’ first bona fide studio record and their second project with Grammy-nominated producer Jim Lightman (india.arie, Hank III, Lee Ann Womack). As its tongue-in-cheek name implies, "Decent Hits" is essentially a mirror of The Superficials’ live show, made up of fan favorites (and a handful of new songs) either unreleased or only in demo form. While the album itself isn’t slated for release until this winter, avid audiophiles can hear three songs ahead of schedule, “Five Days”, Girl Don’t You Slow It”, and “Somehow”, which Amplifier magazine touts is “as strong as any pop/rock song you’ll hear on the radio this year”.

Within the realm of Pop/Rock, The Superficials’ music is “more easily defined by what it’s not” according to Raj Sharma of WEA Los Angeles. While that might sound like a copout at first, when you consider our modern age of 120-gig iPods and viral video, it’s easy to see (and hear) how the band has been influenced by so many different artists. They sound like who they are: steeped in the rich musical tradition of their Southern home, quantified by obscure vinyl finds in their personal libraries (like The Beach Boys 20/20 or an Elephant 6 Collective LP), but still members of the MTV generation. They are as comfortable in drawing inspiration from The Flying Burrito Brothers as they are from The Strokes, and this alchemy has resulted in an album of 3-minute gems that can only compliment The Great American Songbook.

"Decent Hits" will be made available through all major internet retailers, as well select independent music stores early next year, and the band plans to promote their new effort at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas this March.

Lyrics

Somehow

Written By: Lang

FROM THE VERY START, YOU KEPT ME ON A STRING
BECAUSE YOU KNEW FOR YOUR HEART, I’D DO ANYTHING.

YOU SAY YOU DON’T WANT IT, AND YOU MAY NOT NEED IT NOW
BUT, LOVE IS GONNA GET YOU SOMEHOW
LOVE IS GONNA GET YOU SOMEHOW

I GUESS THAT I CAN COPE, WITH BEING ONLY FRIENDS
BUT, YOU KNOW I STILL HOPE, WE’LL BE MORE IN THE END

THE WAY I FEEL FOR YOU, IS MORE THAN YOU’LL ALLOW
BUT, LOVE IS GONNA GET YOU SOMEHOW
MY LOVE IS GONNA GET YOU SOMEHOW

AND WHEN YOU’RE LITTLE BOYFRIENDS, ALL MOVE ON…
AND YOU HAVE TO LIVE YOUR LIFE ON YOUR OWN…
YOU’RE GONNA REGRET, ALL THAT YOU’VE DONE…
AND YOU’RE GONNA CRAVE THE SAME THING FROM ME
THAT I CRAVE FROM YOU. OH, DARLING…

LOVE IS GONNA GET YOU SOMEHOW
LOVE IS GONNA GET YOU SOME HOW

YOU SHOULDN’T TAKE ME FOR GRANTED
YOU’RE ALL I’VE EVER WANTED

LOVE IS GONNA GET YOU SOMEHOW
MY LOVE IS GONNA GET YOU SOMEHOW.

The Bellows (for Cecilia C. Jones)

Written By: Hewell

A MORNING WIND
TO FAN THE FLAMES
OF THE FIRE INSIDE
THAT'S BURNING YOU ALIVE
FIRE & BRIMSTONE
IS IN YOUR BONES
SO MANY LIVE IN FEAR
OF WHAT'S ALREADY HERE

AND THEY BURNED DOWN
IT SADDENS THEM
MADE TO FELL SO SMALL
THINK THEY CAN'T DO WHAT THEY WANT AT ALL
AND LAST NIGHT YOU TRIED
TO PUT IT OUT
EXERT CONTROL OVER
THE BLAZES OF YOUR SOUL

YOU LEFT A LIGHT
EMBERS AND GLOWS
THESE ARE THE BELLOWS FOR
CECILIA C. JONES
A MORNING WIND
TO FAN THE FLAME
OF THE FIRE INSIDE
THAT'S BURNING YOU ALIVE

Girl Don't You Slow It

Written By: Paul Johnson

Damn that girl is fine, tiny little body
Unbelievable mind
She got me hooked with every single line
A women like that has got to be mine
So girl don’t you slow it, you got it and you know it
I love the way you show it, show it to me

Damn that girl’s on fire,
It’s amazing the strength that she can inspire
And she’s a fighter no she aint no crier,
The more I know of her the more I’ve got to try her
So girl don’t you slow it, you got it and you know it
I’m headed where you’re going, wait for me

Goddamn that girl could fix my life
Just one more drink and I’ll know I’m right
Goddamn that girl writes what I feel, it’s unreal
(break)
So girl don’t you slow it, you got it and you know it
I love the way you grow it, do it for me

Discography

"Decent Hits"
Coming out Winter 2010

"Lights"
Released June 2008
Available through major internet retailers, as well as regional independent music stores.

"Berry Hill Bungalow"
Released July 2006

Available through most internet retailers, as well as regional independent music stores.

Set List

We have a catalogue of literally hundreds of original songs, that we prefer to play exclusively, given our ennui with cover gigs. We've all toured with cover bands before, and will be more than happy to play a cover or two if you catch us on the right night, or offer us the right scratch! Contact us early, and we'll learn whatever you'd like.