Article By: Isabella McCloskey
First and foremost, I would like to say that I had no idea who these guys were a month before this show. I was asked to check them out, so I started listening to their debut album “Never Nothing” and later found myself listening to every single one of their songs (on repeat). I told almost everyone I knew, even people I really didn’t, that these guys have an amazingly unique sound. When I walked into Larimer Lounge this past Friday, I was even more impressed by the captivating and unexpected confidence Super Whatevr displayed.
The band engaged the audience with quirky comments and one-liners in between each song. More importantly, Super Whatevr made sure the audience knew what they were really about: Suicide prevention. Before diving into “Someone Somewhere Somehow” from their “Good Luck” EP, lead singer Skyler Mckee told a personal and emotional anecdote about the song’s inspiration. Mckee explained that the song is in response to the shocking suicide of his cousin and turned the story into a reminder to the audience: Get healthy, and make sure the people around you are getting healthy, too.
Although more than half of the audience didn’t know who these guys were, the people that did sang every word. The people that didn’t, well, one of them ended up stage-diving into the crowd. At the end of their set, the audience chanted for an encore, so it’s safe to say they’ll be looking out for Super Whatevr in the future.
As I was watching the show, it was blatantly obvious to me that this band is all-in about their music and the message it sends. They played with chilling electricity and sang with such passion. This was the kind of music that truly moves people, and that is arguably the most important thing you want from a band.
Super Whatevr is an alternative rock band from Orange County, CA. The band is made up of Skyler Mckee, Thomas Waale, Luke Mensink and of course their fabulous merch guy, Sam Nugent, who hooked me up with a poster or two. Don’t sleep on these guys, I promise you’ll regret it.
Before Super Whatevr’s set, I had the pleasure of picking Skyler Mckee’s brain for a few minutes. Skyler is the lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter for Super Whatevr. Here’s what I learned:
How did your band meet?
Skyler: I started a thing, by myself, and then I asked people who were regulars at my coffee shop to help me do the thing, and then my drummer, who is different, was like, “Let’s start playing shows.” I said alright, and then we got signed in 8 months. So it was just a bunch of different people that I asked to play with me, and in January I kicked them all out and now I have my best friends with me. It’s amazing. So much more fun.
How does it feel to be playing a sold-out show?
Skyler: I mean, we didn’t sell it out, so it feels fine. It’s cool that there are a lot of people near us. I’m happy that Movements has enough attention and fans that love this thing, and we can just hopefully steal them.
What would your dream venue to play at be?
Skyler: This one. Tonight. I don’t know, the O2 in London, it’s massive.
The album seems to talk a lot about mental health, can you tell me a little about why that is?
Skyler: Super Whatevr is a suicide prevention band, and so the EP is literally just me going through bullshit and trying to deal with it, so I started going to therapy, and the record is more of a ‘how to practically deal with it’. I kind of want it to be an opportunity for other people to kind of see my process and hopefully grow from that.
If you could be an alien or a cowboy what would you be?
Skyler: In what circumstance, what’s the scenario?
If you were told tomorrow that you could be an alien or a cowboy for however long you’d like it to be, what would you be?
Skyler: Cowboy for a day, alien for the rest of my life.