Photo by Nathan West
Video 1: GMLY
Video 2: The Hounds
Video 3: Needles & Pins
Listen to their newest album: Hands
Thursday, May 2, 2012 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Target Free Thursdays
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage
"Their music joins buoyant call-and-response harmonies, rippling highlife-inspired guitar leads, !!!'s muscular funk-punk, and the spirited pulses of Steve Reich's Clapping Music" -SPIN
Movement becomes contagious listening to Superhuman Happiness whose joyful sound has been dubbed "physical cinematic dance rock." The lyrics to Superhuman Happiness songs come at you in a flurry of pop sensibility, but lean metaphysical, peppered amid the vastness of cinematic layers of instrumentation. Guitarists Luke O'Malley and Ryan Ferreira trade highlife picking and revving power chords as Nikhil Yerawadekar’s ropey bass lines weave and bob through the pulsing beats issued from Miles Arntzen’s drum kit. Waves of sound issue from Jared Samuel's array of analog keyboards and lush accents and colors from Eric Biondo's playful harmonies. Stuart Bogie’s horns, abetted by long-time collaborator Colin Stetson, round out Hands’ multi-dimensional sound.
Superhuman Happiness became known in Brooklyn for ecstatic dance parties at the famed club Zebulon where they’d often improvise extended versions of their songs. The band’s reputation further grew upon touring nationally with artists like Rubblebucket, Marco Benevento, Sinkane and Red Baraat. They wrote and performed, with the accompaniment of Kronos Quartet, the score to the acclaimed documentary film, 'How To Survive A Plague.' Other highlights include collaborating with Cults on the 'Red, Hot & Rio 2' compilation. Its members are all key NYC players with a collective resume that stretches across a dizzying array of talent, including Antibalas, Phenomenal Handclap Band, TV On The Radio, Iron & Wine, Tuneyards and Martha Wainwright among numerous others. It’s together, however, where their individual voices coalesce into one shared vision.