Superchic(k) Defies Codes of Cool
If pop media epitomizes our culture's status quo, then Superchic(k) strikes golden irony with an amped-up super-pop sound that exposes the world's inane measuring rods of air-brushed beauty, fabricated TV fantasies and popularity polotics.
Superchic[k]'s 2001 label debut, Karaoke Superstar, amassed piles of critical praise, topped R&R's Christian rock chart with "Barlow Girls", was nominated for two Dove awards for Rock Album and Rock Song of the Year, and landed nearly forty major TV/film placements, from Alias and The Practice to MTV's The Real World and the feature film The Glass House. The group's upbeat anthem "One Girl Revolution" even scored the soundtrack and main credits sequence for Reese Witherspoon's 2001 hit Legally Blonde. Without question, this inspired Midwestern pop group has penetrated the mainstream with a hope-filled, spiritually-centered message that's already been heard by tens of millions of people. And though the group clocked in over a 100,000 miles in their 15 passenger van this past year, Superchic[k] is already dropping an astonishing new album, the poignantly titled Last One Picked.
If Karaoke Superstar fashioned a home run sound, then Last One Picked hammers a grand slam right out the ballpark. Max, the group's creative mad scientist, produced the new album in a way that accentuates their diverse stylistic twists while shooting the sonic levels right off the charts. Likewise, the new songs offer more pointed commentary about the world's social snares while encouraging fans to seek and follow God's individual purpose for their lives. Superchic[k] - featuring Max, lead singer Tricia, her sister and guitarist/vocalist Melissa, six-stringer Justin, drummer Brian, and bass player Matt (who once decapitated the group's van via a hotel overhead) - fires out a melody mosh pit with sardonic wit that propels the computer nerd and band geek straight to prom night royalty.
"At some point, everyone knows what it's like to be the last one picked," says Tricia about the album title. "The new album addresses some heavy subjects, like a girl we met who won't eat lunch because her jeans don't fit anymore. She's worried because the world says she's not thin enough when the only person she really needs to please is God."
"We believe that God has a plan and purpose for everyone's life," adds Melissa. "Some days you might feel like a one girl revolution, but that shouldn't keep you from believing that God is in control. On tour we talked with so many kids facing so many hard times, and a lot of what we heard inspired us in writing the new album. We encouraged them to cling to their faith because the next day can be better.
Last One Picked invigorates with energized emotional anthems like "So Bright (Stand Up)", a guitar-driven call to remain surefooted against life's wicked winds, and "Hero", a life-giving lesson about how even small acts can reap huge rewards in a wounded person's life. The poetically-transparent "One and Lonely" - inspired by the inner-struggles of a girl the band met on tour - tackles the shaky insecurities in facing one's self-identity, while "Real" was written in direct response to a 12-year-old girl's letter describing the bitter pill of being young and unpopular. On the other end of the spectrum, the punk-inspired "High School" delivers biting narrative about adults who still think life is one big popularity contest.
Through all their musical growth, the group best spreads their artistic wings with the pain-drenched piano-ballad "We All Fall" that drips with empathy and compassion. Overall, Last One Picked champions not the victors, but those who seek and follow God's purpose, reminding us that success is a journey and not a destination.
"Karaoke Superstar told us that we don't have to compare ourselves to what's on television," says Max, "but now it's a matter of making that life knowledge stick as we continue getting ridiculed walking down our school halls. This new album is about that type of courage."
Flipping back a few calendars, Superchick[k] first started as a mere concept. While touring with another group, Max met a girl who rebelled against her school's petty political flow and yet still became Homecoming Queen by the average students' will. From this inspiration, Max formed Superchic[k] with the empowering message that kids will live grander lives if they seek God's will and follow their dreams outside the cruel "codes of cool."
Melissa states, "I think our message is best summed up in Jeremiah 29:11, which says, "I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you, not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." I want to tell kids I am just an ordinary person, but by following God's purpose for my life, He's brought me to do some amazing things."