Mike Madriaga 9:30 a.m., May 25
Sound description: Alternative blues-rock.
RIYL: Ripplegroove, Bunky, Spin Doctors
- Blurt: "No Superunledded at Kick Gas Fest" · Oct. 21, 2009
- Blurt: "Super Open-Minded" · March 16, 2006
Inception: San Diego, 1996
Influences: Rafter Roberts, Ripplegroove, the Travel Agents, String Cheese Incident, Phish, Trey Anastasio
Formed in 1996, Superunloader includes Jimmy Lewis on vocals and guitar, Chad Farran on drums, and Chris McGreal on bass. They hold a San Diego Music Award for "Best Rock Album."
"I remember when we used to sit in our bedrooms and play records," says Chad Farran. "It was the '70s, and listening involved sitting in front of the stereo and flipping the record when a side was over, as well as thumbing through your collection and deciding on what to listen to next. It was back when bands like Led Zeppelin, Rush, Hendrix, Deep Purple, and King Crimson took us on epic musical journeys, and when an appreciation of their craft required interaction. This is exactly where Superunloader takes me -- a place where the emphasis is on jam and lyric, not on danceabilty or catchy-ness."
The band took much of 2010 off, though members did turn up playing with Wise Monkey Orchestra. As of 2011, the group includes Jimmy Lewis, Chris McGreal, and Chad Farran. They announced a new album was in the works from the three core founding members.