Shreveport natives Super Water Sympathy brought warm waves of summer crashing into 3 Docs Brew House Friday, Jan. 25 with a show that made the cold night air a memory.
Their music makes for the perfect summer soundtrack and left me reminiscent of the times spent on a sandy white beach with blue waves rolling up to shore.
The crowd was intimate for the first of their two-part set, comprised of a few faithful fans, relatives of the band members and random bar patrons who had no idea what they were in for.
However, that did not stop the band from performing a show with as much energy as if they were back on the stages of Vans Warped Tour, where they performed this summer.
“Thank you so much for coming out you guys,” said lead singer, Ansley Hughes. “This is one of our favorite places to play.”
The show kicked off with songs from their sophomore album, “Hydrogen Child,” due out in April. The album’s lead single “Uh Oh!” has the lyrical content of a love story told during an apocalypse.
The band then performed some more familiar songs from their debut album, “Vesper Belle,” including their single, “You Us Hey.”
This upbeat song rings with desires to run away to Tijuana and after the listening to the fun lyrics, you’ll be packing for a trip there yourself.
Hughes sang “Abzu,” the song they first wrote together as a band; it has been No. 1 on my Top 25 Most Played for the past two years.
With lyrics like “the seas of Sicily are in your eyes,” I find it hard to find any other love song that compares.
In Hughes’ self-penned track, “Slade Was Made,” she asserts herself as an amazing song writer with the lyrics, “you smell so sweet, where your ears and your shoulders meet.”
The name Super Water Sympathy started out as lyrics from their song “Spain.”
“It came from our guitar player Clyde Hargrove’s obsession with bodies of water,” Hughes said. “Super Water Sympathy comes from the over dependence and abuse of water. We sympathize because it’s a part of us from oceans, rivers and lakes, to teardrops.”
Super Water Sympathy created in 2010 consists of Hughes, Ryan Robinson, brothers Billy and Clyde Hargrove and Jason Mills and has had a lot of success since its beginning.
Their song “Where Creswell Ends” was featured on MTV’s “Caged” and they lent their song writing skills to rapper B.o.B. for the track, “Chandelier,” off his newest album Strange Clouds.
They call their genre of music “waterpop,” which is defined by the band as “a synthesis of classic symphonic ambience with modern rock and roll anthems.”
By the second set, the crowd had grown in size as if Hughes’ siren voice had attracted everyone within earshot..
“Purple Poppies” is definitely worth a listen as it’s undoubtedly one of the best songs off their anticipated album.
Bubbles became part of the show in the second set, adding to the illusion that the band had taken us into their world under the ocean waves.
“Cherokee” showcased how Hughes incorporates life experiences into music by telling about times spent in Cherokee, N.C.
When the crowd’s demand for a cover of “Freebird” was not met, the band responded with a cover of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” that could not have had better timing.
The show wrapped up with a song titled, “The Anthem,” written by drummer, Ryan Robinson and left the crowd shouting for an encore.
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