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November 30, 2012

Super Water Sympathy discovers deep, shallow ends of songwriting pool

JOPLIN, Mo. — Water is more than a band name for Clyde Hargrove, the guitarist of Super Water Sympathy. It's a songwriting inspiration, a symbol of a music genre, a place of bonding.

Literally. The members of the band often write songs while camping near a river or lake.

"The peacefulness is inspiring," Hargrove said. "We try to transfer that into our songs, that consistent flow of energy."

The band is pretty productive when next to water. In addition to writing songs for their two albums, band members have also written songs for Warner/Chappell Music since August, one of which was performed by rapper B.o.B.

The band will perform its own songs tonight at Blackthorn Pizza and Pub. Guitarist Hargrove, bassist Billy Hargrove, drummer Ryan Robinson, keyboardist Jason Mills and singer Ansley Hughes will perform songs from their two albums in a genre the band calls "water pop."

Hughes calls it pop with an ambient sound -- delayed reverb sounds are mixed with precise rhythms.

It's a style of music they have developed ever since they formed in 2010. Meeting at Louisiana State University, the band jelled quickly and has progressed in the music business fairly quickly:

  • The band recently completed a leg of the Warped Tour, sponsored by Vans, and played at Blackthorn in March.
  • Its music was featured in the MTV reality show "Caged," which aired in January.
  • Its second album, to be released in spring of 2013, was produced by Cam Blackwood, who has worked with Florence + the Machine, Morrissey and Coldplay. It was recorded in London, where the band worked with Blackwood.
  • The band already has a full slate of appearances booked to August of next year.

"We didn't expect all this at all," Hargrove said. "We have a manager and booker now. It's really cool seeing this happen, where we went from a little band on Cleveland Street to developing a small business."

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