“We won’t settle for anything less than everything we’ve ever wanted.” —Not Quite Superheroes, “Goodness Gracious! Good News, Grace Us?”
Ever since youth culture was identified as a social phenomenon, each new generation has found something to rebel against, and each time, there’s been a new soundtrack to connect to the movement. These days, the young people are in an interesting position. Their freedoms abound, thanks to past generations. They’re also the first generation to grow up with cell phones and the Internet, and for those reasons, their rebellion is much more personal.
In this way, youth are speaking out with a voice that echoes the youth voice of the ’50s, instead of those of more recent generations. They’re not taking a stand against patriarchy, segregation or the draft; they’re revolting against bad relationships, not getting the car for the weekend, being alone at the dance and similarly awkward social situations.
Citing influences like Taking Back Sunday, Glassjaw and Thursday, and claiming to “write songs you can rip your ex’s pictures to,” Not Quite Superheroes are most certainly a product of contemporary youth culture. This, of course, is not at all an attempt to cheapen their fight/plight. The major issues are gone, but they continue to struggle onward, which seems admirable. These guys may not be superheroes, but their earnest performances of anthemic songs are sure to make them heroes of the MySpace generation.
Not Quite Superheroes’ drummer Mike Higdon took time off from inciting youth riots to answer our favorite five questions.
LEO: If you were Mayor, what would you do to help promote people like you in this city?
Mike Higdon: I would hold more city-provided shows that help get the word out about all of the unknown talent that is in this city.
LEO: Which Louisville musician needs to get more attention?
MH: Well I think us, obviously, but all of us do! There are very many amazing musicians in the city of Louisville. In just our small music scene, you’ve seen bands like Emanuel get international success, so why can’t another one of us do that? The right person just needs to hear us!
LEO: If music were food, what kind would yours be?
MH: Anything spicy that you eventually wash down with a glass of milk. We’re hot, then we cool down. We’re heavy, then we get soft. We’re loud, then we get quiet. That can apply to many things. Our energy and attitude changes throughout our music — it’s never the same.
LEO: Tell me about one of your favorite works of art aside from your medium.
MH: I love movies, nothing in particular, just movies … It’s safe to say we all like movies! But if I had to pick one, it would be “Pulp Fiction.” Come on, it’s amazing!
LEO: What do you want to say that you know you shouldn’t?
MH: Louisville kids will fight me for this, but I don’t think Spinelli’s is that good … I’d rather eat Domino’s.
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