Superorganism Provided a Ton of Fun and Energy to ‘South By’ on Day 3 THOUGHTS+PHOTOS: SUPERORGANISM @ STUBBS | SXSW 3/14/18
AUSTIN, TX- For most of our SXSW artist coverage, we’ll keep it relatively short and sweet. We have over 80 artists to cover, so cut us some slack! 😉 We’ll basically be formatting each post into two parts: (1) Why our contributor wanted to see this act and (2) what our contributor thought of the performance. Easy peasy. If you want to learn more about the act, make sure you click through to their social media links to get in the know. You won’t be disappointed!
Why I Wanted To See Superorganism: The evening portion of SXSW Day 3 was spent at Stubb’s Austin that featured a showcase with acts of varying genres. One of those included was the band Superorganism. I’ve only heard of them through word of mouth, about how fun they are as a group to watch live in concert. So when I saw them on the showcase list I was excited to see what these guys were all about.
What I Thought Of Superorganism’s Performance: I really had no idea what to expect from a band named Superorganism. The MC previewing each artist at this showcase gave some background as to how they were formed (through the power of the internet) but provided no indication as to the type of music we were about to experience. My curiosity and anticipation was growing by the second, so when the eight member band finally took the stage, I was pretty taken aback. Their lead singer Orono Noguchi turned out to be a very petit 18-year-old girl. The rest of the band was an eclectic and diverse looking group of people coming from different parts of the world (I did some post show background research).
Once the performance started however, I stopped paying attention to the band’s “look” and was immediately immersed into the music. The moment it began, I wanted to dance and bounce to the synth-pop beats blasting from the speakers. It reminded me of theme songs from kids TV shows but that were taken apart and re-mixed to actually sound good. Noguchi’s vocals, while not very powerful, were perfectly in tune with the funky and kooky sounds of their instrumentation. She had this soothing aura of calm monotony in her voice that served as the perfect compliment to the quirkiness of Superorganism’s instrumental sound. She was the balance to what was going on around and behind her on stage. While Noguchi sang and swayed, often times the back up singers would be dancing with props in unison, or the drummer and guitarist would be going wild. It was a stark contrast between her and the rest of her band mates but it worked very well.
Superorganism was an extremely fun show and one that turned out to be a standout from the festival for me. They played their debut album Superorganism in it’s entirety, with “SPROGNSM” being my favorite song due to its rhythmic chorus.
I highly enjoyed their unique music and their care-free yet energetic performance style on stage. I would highly recommend you go see them live when they’re in your neck of the woods. You’ll have a great time and most surely would not be disappointed.
— Mike Golembo (@tweetlembo) April 19, 2018