*As published on my blog thatswhatvsaid.com, January 2012*
Who would have thought a drum set, a bass, a guitar and two mics could serve as a time machine. There they were, Adam Newall (vocals, guitar), Austin Bond (vocals, bass) and Marcus James (drums), rocking out reminiscent of 1990s pop-punk-rock.
They go by Super Prime, a name that encompasses their work ethic and their goals, which is to revive that Blink 182-esque style that has been buried behind mainstream indie and hip hop.
“Pop-punk and pop-rock are making a huge comeback,” Austin, 21, said.
“We’ll do what we have to do,” Marcus, 22, said. “I mean I might have to spit a verse over a blast beat or something.”
Super Prime formed at the Berklee College of Music and has been playing most of their shows in the Boston area. Not even a year old and the band released their first EP in February 2011, and then another in October.
“Back when we recorded the EPs, we recorded them ourselves,” Austin said. “Adam and I would have 12 to 13 hour days. Hours. Days upon days.”
The band made a video in NYC for their single “Vow,” which they believe will be released in the Spring of 2012. The latest EP was titled “Sun’s Out Gun’s Out,” inspired by a saying a friend of theirs, who was a radio deejay at their school, would say.
“The EP in general has a vibe of getting off your ass and handling your business,” Adam, 27, said. With that mentality, Super Prime started recording their first full-length album in September 2011, which they think will be released around March 2012.
That mentality has also helped the band book more performances, like the one they did Jan. 15 at The Studio at Webster Hall in NYC.
And that night, as Marcus pounded the drums, Adam and Austin jumped in unison. It was easy for the crowd to follow suit. Super Prime played “Vow” and a few other original songs that the crowd sang along to. Then, a small mosh pit formed as soon as the guitar riffs elegantly blasted the start of Lit’s “My Own Worst Enemy” into their ears.
“I think our willingness to work hard and work long hours to get it done has gotten us a lot further than most bands,” Austin said. “A lot of bands that we play with back in Boston, they do good, they book shows, but they’re not putting in the same amount of care.”
Super Prime has played in the New England area as well as Wisconsin. But the band is hoping to go on a national tour in March.
“There’s tons of bands we’d like to tour with but we’ll take what we can get, that’s where we’re at now. We just want to come up,” Austin said.
Though the tour dates are to be determined, the band is determined to stay on the music path, for good. Each member has been playing some musical instrument since about age 10 or younger, and going to a college for music sealed their fate. Music is their life.
“We hope to be at the top and be going all the way, whatever all the way means. We’re just going to take it as far as we can,” Austin said.
As far as they can, or until, as Marcus put it, someone will go into a restaurant and recognize him as a member of Super Prime.
“This is what we like to do and we can’t really imagine ourselves doing anything else for the rest of our lives,” Austin said.
Adam added, “This is it man, this is it.”