What started as a vision for a one-girl revolution has multiplied
into an army of nonconformists who believe in themselves and their ability
to affect change. So defines the impact of Superchick, a Chicago-based
band whose albums inspire, empower, and entertain with a call to rise above
society's unhealthy trappings. Superchick is ready for another round,
and the band's new album, Beauty From Pain, breathes fresh
life into their relentless search for the next young revolutionary.
The band's previous albums -- Karaoke Superstar, Last
One Picked, and the remix disc Regeneration --
ignited the radio with such hits as " Hero," "Get
Up," "Barlow Girls," "So Bright (Stand
Up)," "Na Na," "Me Against the World," and " One
Girl Revolution." While listeners embraced the band
at radio, the press, likewise, featured Superchick with
prime coverage in the New York Times, Seventeen, Marie
Claire, Bop, and ReMix magazines.
Superchick, featuring vocalist Tricia Brock and vocalist/guitarist
Melissa Brock, bassist/vocalist Matt Dally, lead guitarist Dave
Ghazarian, drummer Brandon Estelle, and keyboardist/DJ/producer
Max Hsu, raises the bar musically and lyrically with Beauty
From Pain. While still packed with punk-pop anthems, the
new album delivers more diversity, stylistic blends, and emotional
range. It's a unique combination of punk-rock riffs, hip-hop
beats, and R&B melodies intertwined with solid songwriting.
While Karaoke Superstar addressed self-esteem issues
and Last One Picked delved into real stories inspired
by fans, Beauty From Pain takes an in-depth look at
the artists' personal lives. Over the past year, most
every band member faced the breakup of a serious relationship,
and as these painful moments took root, the band naturally allowed
the experiences to flow into the songs.
"The title Beauty From Pain sums up those relationships," says
Melissa. "We all go through these hard times, but in reality,
there is a beauty in that pain because it makes us stronger
people and prompts us to lean on God in a way that we never
have before. When a relationship is over, as much as it hurts
and as hard as it can be, God is the One who is still there," she
" There's a lyric in Beauty from Pain that says, "Though
I don't understand why this happened, I know that I will
when I look back someday,'" adds Max. " When
you are in
that dark place, hope can be an elusive thing to find. Some
days you just have to grind out the pity party. For us, we've
found redemption from these times. Beauty from Pain represents
the hope that has emerged," he says, "and we've
come out wiser, stronger and smarter."
Adds Tricia, "The songs won't bring you down. But if
you are down, this album lets you know that you're not alone."
In the end, the band spent nearly a year and a half composing
the album and six months recording it. And with such a personal
album, the band was reluctant to release Beauty From Pain until
they felt it was completely ready. While the band continued
to tour during this time, Max stayed behind to work on the album,
and the other members would fly home between shows for marathon
"I feel like we've finally hit our stride musically," says
Max. "On this album, the entire band contributed and we
really poured ourselves into the process. We want to make cool
music, but more importantly, we want to change kids' lives," adds
Matt. "If any of us lives this life without making a difference,
we are just wasting the gifts and talents that God gave us," he
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