Superna comes original
on the local scene
If you have ever listened to good cover
bands and have been to a lot of venues in Houston, then you have most likely
heard of Zero Gravity.
That band is where the roots were planted
to grow into the all-original rock/alternative band Superna. Vocalist Melanie
and her drummer/guitarist
Nick met in 1998 in Zero Gravity and played
music ranging from Rage Against the Machine to 311 to Tool.
After gaining a fairly large following
and building their skills, Nick and Melanie felt it was time to move on.
In 2000, the two began writing original
songs before making the final step toward leaving the cover scene. After
joining with J.T. (bass), Obi
(turntables, keys and beats) and Dom (drums),
Superna was complete with over 30 original songs. Ten of these songs would
be compiled into
the band's new album, Reflect.
Superna, meaning "otherworldly," combines
a complex array of touches from several different genres of music, taking
the listener to another
The band has been performing all over Houston
in preparation for the release of Reflect this month. Singer Melanie puts
a nice twist to the
band's appearance as an eccentrically
hot female performer taking center stage.
Reflect has many nice touches, from the
steady-grooving beat of track two, "Scared," to the eerily romantic oddities
of "Broken" and even the
thought-provoking lyrics of track seven,
Melanie sings, "Rely, destroy break down
to defy/ Set right, convince yourself there is an eye for your electric
light/ The process by which we can
multiply the mind/ Illumination's fine
if there's no light."
The album never gets stuck in the same
beat or sound; rather, it has diversity in all it produces. The tempo may
be slow and melodic for one song
while the next may have listeners bobbing
heads or tapping fingers to an upbeat piece of musical creativity.
Superna's Reflect will be released on Solar
Flare Records. The band is currently preparing to film its first music
video and to go on a short
Superna often hosts shows and events in
its 7,000 sq.-foot studio/warehouse dubbed "the Cryolab," helping to further
spread the word and the
sound it creates in the local scene.
On Saturday, Superna will be at Wherehouse
Music inside Baybrook Mall from 2 to 5 p.m. for a "meet the band" buying
and signing of its debut
album. Also, listen to KPFT 90.1-FM at
2 a.m. Feb. 10 for a live broadcast with the members of Superna.
There are many other performances and events
Superna will be part of in the future. For more information, visit www.superna.org.