This July London-based, internationally bred pop outfit Superorganism released World Wide Pop, the year’s most unabashedly candid collection of songs, and also one of the year’s best. New York Times called the band’s sophomore album, “An explosion of bubble-gum hooks, wild production ideas and genuinely poignant reflections about growing up,” while The Fader admits, “Their sound has found few parallels since the release of their 2018 self-titled debut.” 2018 saw Superorganism bring their live pop spectacle to Union Transfer for one of the best shows of the year, and this Saturday, November 5th, they will return to the Eraserhood venue for the final date of their current US tour. I recently got a chance to chat with Superorganism co-founder and vocalist Orono Noguchi via email about how the band has evolved over the last four years and what the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection can expect of their tour finale.
Izzy Cihak: You recently released World Wide Pop, your sophomore LP. How do you feel like the album compares to your self-titled debut?
Orono Noguchi: I think our second record is a wayyyyyy bigger version of the first record. In all aspects! So if you loved the first one, you’ll probably love this one even more, and if you hated the first one, well, you’d probably fucking hate this one. I hope that’s the case at least!
Izzy: You recently released “Into The Sun” with Gen Hoshino as a single. How did that particular track come about?
Orono: This one started as a jam back when we lived together in London, which didn’t happen that often back then. The track slowly came together over time and when we were jamming with Gen on some tracks, we asked him if he’d wanna do a verse on it, and he gave us a resounding yes It’s that easy guys!
Izzy: How would you characterize your process of writing and recording together, if there even is a particular process?
Orono: Our creative process is a total free for all. The strongest ideas naturally make it to the end because all we care about is making the boldest, biggest, coolest thing EVER!
Izzy: You’ve already done a ton of touring this year. What have been some of the highlights of being on the road, whether particular shows or audiences, or just things that you’ve gotten to see when you’re not onstage?
Orono: This tour has definitely been the hardest little tour we’ve done but personally, it’s also been the most fun I’ve had on tour. The most recent highlight was having our friends Boa Constrictors open for us for a couple of special shows. We partied hard in the most wholesome ways imaginable—I love them and their whole crew so much, biiiiiiiiiiiig fat shoutout to them for being the most awesome people on earth
Izzy: What can be expected of the live experience when you return to Union Transfer in Philadelphia in the very near future? I saw you there in 2018 and it was one of the best shows I saw all year.
Orono: Aw thanks, that’s very nice and awesome of you to say! I wanna say expect nothing (because that’s how I try to approach everything) BUT since you’re so cool, here’s a heads up: get ready for lots of dancing. Possibly a cat walk, maybe several mosh pits… it’s the last show of the tour so I guarantee you that it’s gonna be a BIG FUCKIN PARTY
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