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Seismic-Sound Preview: Superhumanoids

April 22, 2011

Superhumanoids make dreamy pop that shouts summery ‘60s harmonies, garage rock’s raw tonality, slick new-wave electronics, and the adventurous dissonance of ‘90s indie rock. Originally the solo bedroom project of Cameron Parkins, the LA band quickly evolved into a multifaceted quintet featuring Sarah Chernoff (vocals and keys), Max St. John (bass, vocals, and programming) and Evan Weinerman (percussion).

After some months spent honing their live show and songwriting as a unit,Superhumanoids entered the studio and recorded their debut EP Urgency,released in July 2010 on artist-operated label Hit City USA. The EP received acclaim from myriad sources—The Guardian, The FADER, LA Weekly, Popmatters, and others praised it’s unconventional yet accessible sound.

2011 is off to an even stronger start—the band’s second EP, Parasite Paradise, was set for release right before SXSW. After descending upon Austin, the band has toured with Cults, Magic Kids, and Royal Bangs on two separate tours that cross the greater United States. In May, LA-based label Black Iris (Best Coast, Fool’s Gold) will release a 7” containing two brand new tracks. Following the release, Superhumanoids is poised to tour straight through the summer, eventually landing in the studio this coming fall to record their debut full length album. I have a feeling this band is destined for greatness, so you might want to catch them at Chop Suey, opening for the brilliant Royal Bangs.

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