The Smiths, Leg Warmers, and BPMs. It’s Flashback Friday With Super Stereo

(Statz and Lo of Super Stereo)

The New Times’ Anthony Sandoval sits down with Lo and Statz of Super Stereo for Flashback Friday!

As they prep for their big return to the stage, Phoenix’s premiere synth rock band discusses the massive influence of the 1980’s on their music, style and culture.

“Where we’re going, we don’t need roads; just a synthesizer, eyeliner, and a touch of androgyny. Welcome to Flashback Friday.

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Fayuca Throws A Hell Of A Cinco Party

Gabriel, Raf, Cisco and special guests tore up the Crescent Ballroom Saturday night for Cinco de Mayo 2012.  With a keyboard player in the mix and two horns who were singing harmonies and playing percussion between riffs, a right-good celebration unleashed with Fervor’s Latin Reggae Punk-Core Trio at the helm.

Support acts Kommon Measure and Cesar Chavez Duran with the youthful Mariachi Fuego Del Sol (complete with their traditional fringed black and white attire) built up the festive flavor and got the crowd more than ready to rock out for Fayuca’s grande entrance.

Fayuca opened with new Spanish love song Sigo Amandote, then seamlessly ripped into an intense punk rock tune, before settling into a deep space dub jam..all within the first 6 minutes of the show.  The band is known for their eclectic spectrum of styles and managed to hit them all in the beginning, like an overture to the rest of the evening.

Part way through the set, drummer Raf was deserted in the spotlight as he powered his way through an impressive solo.  Crowd members were clamoring for photos in the pit, trying to capture Raf’s lone stylings.  As he held it down, two young emcees took the stage and set up their mics.  Before the audience knew it, they were witnessing an impromptu performance by an entirely different group, Raf’s side project Money Dash.  Wow!  After a sweet mini-set, the rappers gracefully exited and the rest of the band returned, all still within the epic drum solo span.

After a couple party tunes, the special guests took to the wings and left only the three core Fayuca members in a warm mellow glow front and center.  Raf sat on his cajon (single box drum) while Gabe and Cisco settled into some comfy chairs and put their feet up for a tender acoustic set.  The crowd adored the intimate moment, making everyone feel like they were in someone’s living room.

Then it was time to get back to party mode and Fayuca led the way with some more ska-punk anthems.  The audience gathered, fist-pumped and shouted requests at the trio in hopes of hearing their faves before the night concluded.  Frontman Gabriel Solorzano obliged and did a song all by his lonesome.  It only took one verse and one chorus before the entire ensemble could no longer resist joining in.  The crowd went nuts and carried the energy all the way to the end of the night, three encores later.

The show seemed to go on for a long time, and fans stuck with it til the final moments.  No one was in any hurry to go anywhere.  When it was finally over, everyone rushed the merch booth in an effort to secure the hot new owl tees from Fayuca/Noctis Threads.  Here’s Haley the merchmistress, who held down the fort all night.

Overall, a good time was had by all.  Fayuca fans were there in droves and probably would’ve partied right there on the dance floor til sunrise if the venue didn’t have to close up shop.



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Super Stereo Returns From Hiatus With New Songs

Crescent Ballroom Hosts Super Stereo, Snake! Snake! Snakes!

Scottsdale, AZ 5/3/12– Valley-based indie dance act Super Stereo has been on hiatus for the first half of 2012, after a dynamite debut year. Ready to dust off the live sound gear and get back on stage, theyʼve got a big batch of new songs to share and are doing in style at Phoenixʼs premiere venue, The Crescent Ballroom on Saturday June 9th with colleagues Snake! Snake! Snakes!, TABS, and Factories.

Upon signing a deal with Fervor Records, the band released an introductory album titled This Is Futurepop. The label sent them to NYC to make a slick video for the single “Life Passed Me By”, which was then picked up by MTV networks and spent 24 weeks in the top ten on  As of today, their vid has seen nearly 117,000 hits on alone and regularly broadcasts in bars, clubs, bowling alleys, department stores and other retail spots across the USA.

Last year, tracks from Super Stereoʼs full length album appeared in many hit TV shows, including Bones (Fox), The Real L Word (Showtime), Rizzoli & Isles (TNT), Keeping Up With The Kardashians (E!), and multiple episodes of hipster favorite Parks & Recreation (NBC). So far in 2012, theyʼve made it into several editions of Access Hollywood (NBC), Kourtney and Kim Take New York (E!), and The Set Up Squad (Logo).

Technically, the 5-piece electropop act emerged from their creative break a couple weeks ago when they opened for Vanessa Carlton on the main stage at the Phoenix Pride Festival. But the upcoming June performance will mark the official ʻrelaunchʼ with an accessible nightclub show that they are offering to fans for a meager $5 entrance fee.

Joining them will be emerging national act Snake! Snake! Snakes!, whoʼve been getting a steady buzz on college radio across the country and were recently mentioned by Paste Magazine as ʻa band to watchʼ from Phoenix.  Also on the bill are Factories, who were handpicked by the New Times music editors as an ideal candidate to share a night with Super Stereo in a blog post earlier this week.

The Crescent Ballroom is located in the heart of downtown Phoenix at 308 N. Second Avenue and features a menu by renowned chefs Chris Bianco (Pizzeria Bianco) and Doug Robson (Gallo Blanco).    The event, which is scheduled for Saturday June 9th is strictly 21+.  Doors open at 7:30 and tickets are available online for $5.

For more information on the band, please visit

For media inquiries, please contact: Anamieke Quinn / / 760.505.0207

Photo caption (below): Super Stereo Bassist (Statz) and Keyboardist/Singer (Lo) at Phoenix Pride 2012, photo by M. Schmitz

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Yab Yum Reviews Coloratura CD Release Party (Anna Vivette)

Phoenix-based and local economy promoting Yab Yum Magazine celebrates ‘art and music as a means to enlightenment’.  As it turns out, they find the new Fervor release Coloratura (Anna Vivette) to be on par with those ideals.

Last week, head editor Carly Schorman was on site for the big debut inside Scottsdale’s contemporary art space, the SMoCA lounge and a few nice things to say about it.

She describes the event as ‘otherworldly’ and cites the unexpectedly engaging opera element of the performance as a big part of it, along with the uber chic interior design of the venue (which is actually an art installation unto itself).

Check out the entire May issue here- and notice Fervor gets more than one shout out this time (Fayuca review included!)…


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Anna Vivette Chats With Phoenix New Times About Debut Release

This week, journalist Anthony Sandoval of Phoenix’s leading alternative press publication sat down with Fervor’s Anna Vivette to discuss art, music and the communities that thrive with them.

Anna’s debut album is launching worldwide on Tuesday April 24th, with an exclusive performance and party to follow two days later inside the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) on Thursday April 26th in conjunction with the weekly ArtWalk.

The release, Coloratura, features an unusual mix of classical operatic vocals with a dark, edgy electronic production element.

Album artwork was designed by master printmaker Shahrokh Rezvani (who’ll be there to sign prints), and was co-written by Jeff Freundlich and Marilyn Manson’s touring bassist, Andy Gerold.

Read the full article on the New Times’ online blog, Up On The Sun, and check out the soundcloud sample of album cut “Illusions of the East”


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Fayuca Plays Cinco de Mayo At The Crescent Ballroom With Live Mariachi

Bilingual-Reggae-Punk Act Joins Kommon Measure, Cesar Chavez Duran and Mariachi Fuego del Sol May 5th In Downtown Phoenix

Scottsdale, AZ 4/16/12– Arizonaʼs own Fayuca have been spreading their progressive So-Cal sound across the Southwest non-stop since the beginning of the year, and are capping off the pleasant-weather season with a festive Cinco de Mayo show at Phoenixʼs premiere venue, The Crescent Ballroom.  Theyʼll be joined by the celebrated Cesar Chavez Duran and Mariachi Fuego del Sol as well as fellow reggae-rockers, Kommon Measure.

The proactive group has had a busy year so far. Between signing with indie label Fervor Records and receiving numerous honors, including the 2012 High Times Doobie Award for Best New/Underground Artist, theyʼve not had much time to relax.  When not on the road, theyʼre in the studio with platinum producer Ralph Patlan (Megadeth, Jamie Foxx) working on their 4th studio release, which is due to drop in the Fall.

At the show, Fayuca will be performing material from their previous albums like fan favorites “Dirty Girl” and “Shoot It Up”, as well as previewing some of the new material that will appear on the upcoming Fervor Records release.  Rumor has it that there might even be some special guest appearances from support act Cesar Chavez Duran and Mariachi Fuego del Sol.

Stop by the merchandise table to see Fayucaʼs new tees from Tempe-based clothing boutique, Noctis Threads. Designs are available in both menʼs and womenʼs fits.

Tickets for the event can be purchased directly from the Crescent Ballroom (308 N. 2nd Ave) for $5, available to guests 21+. Doors open at 7:30pm and performances begin at promptly at 8pm.

RSVP on the Facebook event page for updates as the show approaches.

For more information on the band/label, please visit the Fervor Records Fayuca artist page

Photo caption: Fayucaʼs Cinco de Mayo 2012 show poster (photos by Robb Castro)

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