SuperfoodI Love Live Events @ EBGBS 11/2/18
After amassing a loyal, cult-like following from 2014’s debut Don’t Say That, SUPERFOOD transformed from a regular four-piece band into a duo. From there, they produced 2017’s critically acclaimed, brilliant Bambino, drastically shifting from its predecessor’s Britpop-y rock sound into more upbeat, indie-funk. Frontmen Dom Ganderton and Ryan Malcolm agreed that their second record is “about finally being true to themselves; a record they would be excited to listen to”. The honesty and excitement in their music is evident in their live show, which begins with the bombastic trio of Where’s The Bass Amp, Double Dutch and Unstoppable.
Filled with funky basslines and catchy sing-a-along choruses, it seems irresistible not to let loose, swing your hips and show your love for the band in the crammed, Cavern Club-esque feel of the underground EBGBS venue. They generate a unique atmosphere of togetherness and positivity, which is refreshing and much needed after the recent uncovering of the shameful frequency of men’s misogynistic behaviour at gigs. Playful yet confident lyrics reverberate around the club, such as the repetitive “All that I need is some positivity” in I Can’t See. The disco-influenced, bassy numbers of Natural Supersoul and Raindance complement the older, sing-along tracks such as TV and You Can Believe. They close the gig with Superfood and the audience chants back: “Superfood, Superfood”.
The feel-good atmosphere is infectious and seemingly inevitable at a Superfood gig. The multi-instrumentalists’ short and sweet set – amid a funk-inspired, sing-along cover of Grover Washington Jr’s classic Just the Two Of Us – only leaves the crowd only wanting more. If being true to themselves led to producing Bambino, then that is surely something we can all learn from. Be positive, do what you want to do, and have a dance while you’re at it.