Synth pop duo Superbody just released their new album Youth Music in March to rave reviews. The two bring pop to a whole different level, creating a sound that simply moves you into nostalgia for the early days of MTV and mall hair. Check out their brilliant new music video for “Do U Believe Me” below, followed by some thoughts from singer Robert McCurry.
What was the first song or record you ever heard, and who introduced it to you?
My mother and I were deeply infatuated with Clay Aiken and other various standouts from American Idol: Season 2 when I was young.
Interesting. Do those musicians serve as an inspiration to you and your art today?
Very much so!
What is the Superbody origin story?
Caleb and I we’re working 3rd shift seasonal manual labour jobs and decided to do something we thought was bright and creative with our lives!
Your video for “Patricia” is a pastel colored step back in time. What inspired it, specifically?
The pop music video is the highest form of contemporary art to me. There’s so much you can do within the format that would seem ridiculous in any other context. We wanted Patricia to be expressive within a familiar palette.
Do you have any fun anecdotes from the production of the video?
Everyone was screaming.
How about the record, Youth Music? What was studio life like for that?
We recorded from home. Caleb and I live together and spent a lot of time trying to make better smoothies.
What made you choose that specific title? (Save for the fact that you’re youthful. And it’s music.)
I was falling in the love at the time that we we’re demoing. Every song thus ended up being a love song. We we’re interested in capturing the childlike feeling of obsession with music, bands and “crushes” of any kind.
Was this a project where you had a ton of songs to choose from, or were you creating the music to fit with a theme as you went?
The process is so different for everyone! There we’re a few we threw out. But mostly we tried reinvent original arrangements and mixes which actually wasn’t too difficult for us when we we’re proud of the songs underneath no matter the instrumentation.
Do you have a favorite track off the album, whether it’s to perform or just to enjoy?
The song “Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!” was just a title for a song that I wanted to find a way to pull off. I’m very happy with the outcome.
What makes you most excited about the release of Youth Music?
In the vein of this throwback theme… what’s your favorite 80s/90s pop culture reference?
I’m an idiot. Rocky is my favorite movie.
If you could headline any music festival, which would you choose and why?
Anything that Travis Scott is performing at. He is one of the best things happening in music right now.
If you could be any superhero, who would you choose and why?
I don’t like any of those guys.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Thank you for having me!