Mon, 09 Feb 2015 09:19:37
Superflow breathe new life into psychedelic rock for the tumblr era. The Charleston, South Carolina four-piece possess impressive chops and a serious knack for a hook that forms a delightful amalgam of blissful melodies, staggering percussion, and rapturous soundscapes. They're like the soundtrack to a dream you don't want to ever wake up from...
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Oli Davies of Superflow talks the band's story, the song "Circles," and so much more.
What's your vision for Superflow?
Superflow started a little over a year ago as a song writing project with Pete, Jim, and myself. Our goal has always been to write music that brings the energy and raw emotion of the music of the '60s and '70s. We all felt a serious lack of both these elements in our generation's pop music, and we want to change that. The realest songs for me are the ones that steal you away from whatever is going on around you and thrust you into some unescapable introspection about life and existence. I think psychedelia is a powerful tool to achieve this. When people listen to our music or see us live we want them to be swept up by all the sound and chaos to the point where we are all riding on the same wave of energy. That connection is what makes music feel so good.
What artists shaped you? Who are your biggest influences?
Led Zeppelin is definitely the crowned jewel of rock music in our eyes. Their sexuality and fearlessness are unmatched, and it makes their music irresistible. Other big influences for us are My Morning Jacket, Tame Impala, and Pink Floyd. Pete is really into funk and jam bands—especially Lettuce. Jim is inspired by singer-songwriter-type stuff...you know like Jackson Browne and Bob Dylan types. My style is definitely influenced by big frontmen—Mick Jagger and Freddie Mercury.
What's the story behind "Circles"? What's the song about and how did it come together?
We recorded Circles in a glorified closet that we called a studio at my house in 2014, I think. At the time, we didn’t have a drummer so I gave it my best shot on our crappy little drum set. We spent three alcohol-fueled days grinding it out, kind of just making it up as we went. The song is about the haunting pull of time that we can’t escape. Everything is happening and you can’t stop it, we are all just kind of victims to the circle of life and we do the best we can.
Is Charleston pretty inspiring for music? What's the scene like?
Charleston itself is an inspiring place to live just because of its history and beauty. There is a big country, rock, and bluegrass scene down here. But we have found a crowd that's hungry for new music. All of the bands on this kick kind of run together, we all know each other and jam together. We really want to make alternative music more popular down here.
What's next for you?
Superflow is graduating college this year so a lot will probably change in the near future. The plan is to move up to NYC where my brother is living and studying music production at NYU. I think being in the biggest city in America will lead us on new adventures and paths. From there, we hope to make a real name for ourselves and really get to the core of our sound and style.
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