Sunday Nov 13 7:30 PM
on Festival Republic Stage
For almost a decade, the Supervillains have continued their fortuitous rise up the ranks of the musical totem pole and are now able to stake their claim as one of the nation's biggest names in the reggae and ska genres. Hailing from sub-tropical Orlando FL, the group showcases their love of reggae music while blending the sweet southern vocal harmonies of band co-founders Dominic Maresco (drums) and Scott "Skart" Suldo (guitars) with huge, ground-moving bass lines provided by bassist Daniel Grundorf. Furious instrumental solos and keyboard melodies compliment the combo's penchant for formulating unique arrangements, drawing from a wide range of obvious influences. Their set-list keeps the listener on their feet as the band bounces around from up-tempo ska, roots reggae, rock hooks, and shout-along choruses with subject matter that pretty much covers the bases: women and partying. The Supervillains were established by Maresco and Suldo as a sign-of-the-times ska/punk band while they were still in high school, but soon found themselves gravitating more and more to the reggae side of the coin after over a dozen trips to the US Virgin Islands. After a couple early-album successes, they were signed to LAW Records (owned by Hawaiian reggae act, Pepper) for their first national release "Grow Yer Own" (2006) and the subsequent breakout "Massive" (2008). Taking their high-octane "anything-goes" live show on the road, they have gained nationwide attention and respect by pounding out 200+ shows a year since signing with LAW. Casting a wide net, their musical versatility has opened the door to over a dozen assorted fully-national tours with some of the nation's most distinguished acts. They have supported reggae tours (The Wailers, Inner Circle), reggae-rock tours (Slightly Stoopid, Pepper), ska tours (Reel Big Fish, Streetlight Manifesto), punk tours (Pennywise, Authority Zero), rock legends (Fishbone, English Beat), major festivals (Wakarusa, Earthday Birthday), and have twice been on the east-coast leg of the Jagermeister MusicTour. The band has recently made the jump to headlining their own national tours with promising results. WINTER 2011- The Supervillains released "Postcards from Paradise", their fifth full-length studio album and first to appear on the band's new imprint, Rah Rah Records. They have teamed up with rock producer Brett Hestla (Framing Handley, Virgos Merlot) to craft an album that is straight to the point, capitalizing on the band's knack for writing honest, relatable songs and highlighting the unit's growth and musicianship. "Postcards" is a 14-song, 50-minute time-bomb that comes at you from multiple angles; culminating with the monster title-track, representing a fresh take for a band that has constantly evolved its sound from the beginning.