Funkier than Superman

April 24, 2003, midnight | By Josh Gottlieb-Miller | 21 years, 1 month ago

(Formerly: A Turtle Named Mack)

Review: Wow. Funkier than Superman is surprising not so much for its quality, which is ample, but for its individuality. Funkier than Superman uniquely and successfully manages funk and rock at the same time; only lacking in their occasionally repetitive nature. Though Funkier than Superman fails to energize their set they maintain and take advantage of their chill vibe, using their cool attitude to their benefit. Bradley's vocals (are only on the demo, Brown is now the vocalist) are thin and reminiscent of Cream's Jack Bruce-a feat further accomplished by the classic rock guitar work Simon works beautifully. Rather than being off-putting the vocals draw the listener in, and the band's professional consistency allows Simon's guitar heroics to shine. The rhythm section is precise, the drumming in particular tastefully sparse for music that calls only for a steady beat. Furthermore, Brown's clarinet lends atmosphere to the songs, distinguishing them and their band. A unique hybrid of 60's rock and Chili Pepper funk, Funkier than Superman is more than the sum of its parts.

Genre: Funk, punk and rock hybrid.

Band Members:
Noah Simon (Blair, junior): Guitar
Levin Brown (Blair, junior): Guitar, vocals
Daniel Shipley (Blair, junior): Drums
Christian Brown (Blair, junior): Clarinet, vocals
Nick Scialli (BCC, junior): Bass
(Currently inactive) Rick Bradley (BCC, junior): Lead vocals

Influences: Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Offspring, Wayland Jennings. Green Day.

History: "12 [of our] drummers all died in freak accidents. Wait…11 still. [Shipley] will die soon," Simon explains.

Albums: A Turtle Named Mack Demo (Self-titled)

Website: None.

Best Song: Cilantro.

Worst Song: Beneath my Belt.

Best part of being in a band: Brown remarks, "Having people play songs with us." Simon counters, "The women…"

Worst part of being in a band: "That we don't have," Simon continues.

Reaction from other Blair musician: "I like the way Levin adds a neo-psychedelic progressive rock attitude to a band that would otherwise be swimming in the insincerity of modern rock. Yeah…they're tight." (Kevin Collins, Culo Balena)

Quotable: Simon claims, "The only thing better than women is ice cream."

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