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February 25, 6:20 PM – Santa Fe Metal Music Examiner – Octavio Ramos Jr.
It’s said that during the fall of 2005 four distinct galaxies collided, creating a colorful music fusion known as SuperGiant. The band has released two aural orbs, a self-titled EP and Antares.
Bassist Kyle Erickson took time out of fashioning groove to answer some questions. Read on. . . .
Give me a little history about the band and its musical style.
Kyle Erickson: “Well, all of us share a similar love of powerful, heavy, groovy rock that doesn’t bore or get generic after the first two listens—that is what gravitated us to each other and has kept us together for the past four years.
“After only six months of playing, we recorded what was supposed to be a four-song demo but ended up being an eight-song self-titled EP, which was released in the spring of 2006. Our first show was opening for stoner rock all-stars Weedeater, and since then we have been opening for many great underground rock bands. Beck even played an unannounced after-party show at our first CD release party.
“Keeping our noses to the grindstone, we have completed one two-week tour of the west coast, a three-week tour of the east coast, and numerous 2–3 and four-day mini tours, as well as releasing a 15-song album titled Antares in late 2008.”
Tell me about your green vinyl limited-edition record. What can fans expect to hear? Where can they grab a copy?
Kyle Erickson: “Having sold out of our very first album, we decided it was time to re-release it on wax. The sound on this limited-edition green vinyl captures a younger SuperGiant laying down fuzzed out guitars, heavy hitting drums, dirty bass, and a vocal performance that can make even your granny want to get down and boogey.
“This album sounds 10 times better on vinyl because of the warmth and uncompressed sound you get from an analog recreation. Humans are not digital and our music should not be any different. Go to our website or All That is Heavy to purchase yours before we run out.”
I hear SuperGiant will be featured on a live DVD, along with Suspended and SandiaMan. Tell me about this project and where fans can grab a copy.
Kyle Erickson: “All three of our bands played a ‘Concert for Cures’ concert that raised money to purchase and teach music to children with cancer. That concert was filmed, is being currently edited, and will be released sometime this spring or summer. All the bands will have them for sale at their merch tables when it is released. You can also check Concert for Cures for more info.”
How has New Mexico influenced your musical approach?
Kyle Erickson: “That is like asking how breathing oxygen has influenced our music. Music is our lives, and we all live here in Albuquerque. But, if I were to say that anything in particular has influenced us, it is probably the following: green chili, el Chupacabra, mind-melting sunsets, red chili, lowriding classics, tamales, goatheads, beautiful señoras, and of course, frybread tacos. Salud!”
What’s next for SuperGiant? Any word about a new album or performance, maybe?
Kyle Erickson: “We were thinking about starting to wear tight girl pants, cutting our hair asymmetrically, putting on makeup, and doing an ‘emo’ thing, but then we realized selling out would be an abomination towards all we live and play music for, so I guess you won’t be seeing us on any late-night shows any time soon. That aside, we are currently recording a new album titled Pistol Star, which is set for release this spring/summer, along with a professionally shot video. Open your main sail, ‘cause REVOLUTION is in the wind! Love, Life, Rock and Roll.”