|the proper way to rock
Colter McCorkindale - November 19, 2008
Step into the Wayback Machine and let Super 400 set the controls
for the heart of the late 60’s when the Brit-soul sound of Cream, Free,
and Spooky Tooth were on the ascendant, just before rock lost its commercial
virginity and cranked up the distortion and posing. Super 400 are here to take
that brown sound back and re-emphasize the earnest soul angle. Admirably, whereas
it takes the Black Crowes five guys to get the job done, Super 400 only needs
two guys and a gal. Lori Friday is not your average female bassist, quietly
plunking away in the corner. In a trio there’s no place to hide, so she’s
up there carrying the weight alongside lead singer and guitarist Kenny Hohman
and drummer Joe Daley. Here’s what she had to say when we grilled her.
Do you think that it’s harder or easier for independent
bands to gain a following today?
Independent bands tend to attract the real music lovers. Audiences are more
finicky in general because they’re frustrated with the slop that’s
being fed to the general listening public on commercial and corporate radio.
So while it’s harder to attract a large audience, it’ll be a more
loyal one in the end.
Are you a band that tours to support a CD, or is your CD more a calling
card for your live shows?
When we tour, we try to represent all of our records across the set
lists. The albums exist on a separate plane, because they’re collections
of moments in time we don’t try to recreate those moments on stage. We
couldn’t paint by numbers every night. It wouldn’t be fun for anyone
in the room.
Are your tunes more often the result of individual songwriting or group
Most of the time, one of us will develop an idea as far as we can before bringing
it to the group to flesh out the arrangement and feel. We
have also used group jams as a starting point. We're recording our new record
now, in Memphis. We brought in a couple of unfinished ideas and worked the rest
out in the studio. That was a fresh approach for us, and we've been excited
about the results.
Do you see your style of music as something that is re-emerging?
We don’t see a revival in rock and roll because to us, the movement never
disappeared. The real rock and rollers have always been out there, everywhere.
We meet them every day. Now that so many people have an Internet presence, the
mainstream is starting to take notice of the fact that reality TV and formula-driven
songwriting don’t sustain all the layers of American culture. Lift the
lid and find something to chew on.
What defines a great song for Super 400?
Any music that captures a feeling.
"The real rock and rollers have always been out there, everywhere. We meet them every day."
"3 And The Beast"
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Hard rocking blue-eyed soul power trio, for those who like: Free, The Allman Brothers, Cream, Doyle Bramhall I