Summon: How did the band get started?
Kidd: Few years ago, Swoboda and SaiMon met in the internet and started chatting about music. Several days later they’ve found they have something in common. Few weeks later a small plan was born, to make something together. Few months later Saimon packed his family and moved to Nowy Tomysl to be as close as possible to Vintage Records. Since then they started working over the songs – and here we are 🙂
Summon: What kind of music do you play?
Wrzos: Our music is hard to define. If I had to name it I would use the stoner-grunge label but I feel it is not comprehensive . We take much from 70s and 90s cause we think it was the best time for rock music. Of course we do it in our own way mixing individual preferences and experiences. We are playing hard, loud but we are also concentrated on good melodies and giving pleasure to the audience.
Summon: How has the band response been?
Kidd: There wasn’t many bands like SH in Poland so guys have gained the attention pretty fast. Superhalo was aiming to be a professional attitude band, so everything had to be in place. … quality gear, good performance and appearance, all details had to be polished (just look at Czerwona and how it’s made :). This has worked out pretty good and i think all these in combination with the unique sound gave us a pretty nice start-up 🙂 Somebody had to believe in us since they’ve let us support Trigger-finger and such great bands (laughs)
Summon: Where did the band name come from?
Szymon: We wanted to have the name that would be understandable both in Polish and English. The Superhalo describes us well. Our music is from the one side universal and has high quality but from the other side it is wild, dirty and original.
Summon: Introduce the band members
Kidd: Well , the original cast has changed a bit since the beginning. Currently Superhalo are: Szymon Swoboda – the co-founder, the drummer, Vintage Records owner, the visionary. He’s the guy that started this, he raised Vintage Records and the studio which are our home now. Here’s the rehearsal room, here we create the sound and here it is being recorded and mixed – also by Szymon. A nice guy, a great drummer and sound technician – kind of a daddy of the band 🙂 Wrzos – a unique bassman and a really warm hearted mofo. He’s the guy keeping the dreams aside of reality in the band. Has a really great sound and a perfect attitude … drinks much 🙂 Simon – the party guy. Joined a year ago, previously in other great vintage Polish band. A great guitarist, perfect company if you’re going to a party, and a widest smile on stage (lol). He’s the freaky sounds magician and is giving our music the little cosmic polish layer. Fits us really good and i think he’s also happy with being in Superhalo. Domin – Domin is the new guy – last Friday was his first show with us. I know him from an other band we were in together and was real happy that he’s the guy filling up the space that SaiMon (the original guitarist of Superhalo and a co founder). Decent, humble, mostly sober, great riffer and songwriter. Also he loves to collect old volvo cars from past decades. He’s great at building rhythms, groovy riffs and putting them together in a song. Kidd – yeah that’s me. (laughs) Joined the band approx a year and a half ago. I’m the front-man, I sing, yell and try to get chicks attention to the stage (still laughs). I’m the cherry on the vintage pie – just filling up the compositions. … In Superhalo voice is kind of another instrument, not leading the song – just going with it and filling up the little nice space .. extremely enjoying experience gotta say.
Summon: Who writes the music? Lyrics?
Wrzos: From the beginning lyrics were written by Aga Jess Wrzosek (the band friend) and Szymon Swoboda (the drummer). when Kidd joined our band, he became main lyric-writer, but some of Szymon’s and Jess’ lyrics are also present at the latest album. The music is mostly joint work based on rehearsal improvisation but there are some songs written by single instrumentalists at home and arranged by the whole band.
Summon: And where do the lyric ideas come from?
Kidd: The lyrics are being written by several people so the influences comes from different sources. Some were written by Swoboda, some by Jess and some by me. Personally I’m taking the influence from all around: the life, the sky, the thoughts in my head when i open my eyes on morning. One thing i try to keep away from my lyrics is politics – IMO rock n roll should be free from this shit. You never know what’s real and right in politics. From the other hand i do really like to write about love – and that happens to be a number one rock n roll topic I guess (laughs) and I’m okay with that.
Summon: How many albums/CD’s have you released?
Band: The Bang!Bang album is our second. We have debuted in 2013 with “Czerwona”(The Red).
Summon: Tell me about some the songs on the latest CD?
Kidd: Bang Bang encloses mostly deep groovy songs with a slight stoner taste and slice of psychedelic, Danger-Poison, but you will also find some 70’s rock n roll inspired beats. I think that rock n around fans should dig it. Definitely they should get a bit on it.
Summon: Do you have any side projects?
Wrzos: At the moment Kidd sings and plays on guitar at Smash – grunge band from city called polish Seattle (Śrem), Domin is a guitarist at Malgorzata Ostrowska Band – 80’s polish pop-rock legend. Szymon works as a producer with many bands but as a drummer is concentrated on Superhalo only.
Summon: Who are some of your musical influences?
Kidd: As we all have slightly different taste in music – there are some common areas like the classics (Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Procol Harum), also some of grunge scene bands like Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, Screaming Trees and many more. Last but not least – the stoner of course with Monsieur Josh Homme and his buddies on the podium 🙂
Summon: Which current bands?
Wrzos: Concerning still active bands we have great respect for the QOTSA, Foo Fighters, Triggerfinger, all bands of Jack White, The Royal Blood, The Rival Sons and .…
Summon: What is the band like when you play live?
Kidd: We’re a live band – definitely. We love the studio, but the stage is the place to be. The beast is being released as soon as fist notes ring from the speakers. Gotta visit us when we play live 🙂
Summon: What was the best band you played with?
Wrzos: In early 2014 we were invited to support Triggerfinger during their polish tour. It was a huge thing for us because we place them in top 3 live bands in the world. We have shared the stage with many great bands from all over the world but the Triggerfinger was definitely the best one.
Summon: Have you guys ever played in another country?
Kidd: Yeah, we’ve played quite a lot in Germany for the last two years, also France and Belgium – we aim to get that list expanded soon 🙂
Summon: How big of crowd shows up at shows usually?
Wrzos: We play at many different places from small rock clubs to open air festivals so the audience varies from dozens to hundreds and every situation has its pros and cons. We love the intimacy of clubs where after the gig you can sit, drink a beer and share the experiences with the fans but the energy of the festivals crowd is also very inspiring.
Summon: How is the crowd response when you play?
Kidd: The first minute is always the recon – “what the hell are they doing ?” type 🙂 But as long as we play rock n roll – their legs start to swing just a minute later (laugh). But seriously, we try to make our music an interesting experience -something for the soul and something for the body, there are shows where ladies are dancing in front of the stage, there are those where you can see one big mass of human bodies in front of you, and there are those where people listen carefully thumping their feet to the beat and swinging their hips. Of course there is no band on the world that fits everyone with their music, but the response is always there and as far as I’m concerned – always positive. By the way, the worst option possible for the band – when your music gives no feedback …
Summon: What is the scene like over in your country?
Wrzos: To be honest underground rock scene in Poland almost does not exist. The mainstream bands are doing well. They play a lot on festivals – all the same bands in different order -everywhere. Unfortunately there is no such thing like third or second league yet but its getting better every year. The stoner/doom scene is growing. There are a few bookers that organize gigs and festivals with polish and international bands so we hope that it grow rapidly also in other rock genres.
Summon: What made you want to be in this band? And if you weren’t in this band what would you being doing now?
Kidd: I was peeking this band from where they started – and was thinking “these guys really know what they want to do – and how they want to do it” I also enjoyed their music as the first album “Czerwona” was recorded before I joined. But the band was complete so there was no place for me there … and then Swoboda called (we knew each other from previous recording sessions I’ve had in Vintage Studio with my other band) and asked … “Hey wanna sing ?” and here I am 🙂 if I was not in Superhalo i would probably be riding naked on the beach and singing George Michael’s “Last Christmass”.
Summon: What does the future hold for the band??
Wrzos: We all would like to know what will happen. We plan to play more and more concerts in and outside Poland. As we had better feedback on Czerwona from outside the Poland we hope that Bang!Bang album will increase our international fan base even more. We don’t forget about Poland, we know that we don’t fit here but will try to bring our music everywhere we can.
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