ST. PETERSBURG - The Supervillains started out back in 2000 with a self-titled debut album that would earn them street credit, but not much in the way of main stream reggae rock music. By 2006, the group had released three more albums, including "Grow Yer Own," which locked them into a deal that would influence the band's overall exposure to the masses.
Alongside reggae rock powerhouses like Pepper, Slightly Stoopid and The Expendables, The Supervillains slowly began to leave an imprint on music lovers. "The first time I saw them was back in 2006" said villain veteran Angela Floyd. "They were touring with Pepper."
Hailing from Orlando, the rockers made their way to our coast quite frequently to push their memorable name and fresh work. For their most recent venture "Postcards from Paradise", The Supervillains teamed up with Brett Hestla (Framing Handley, Virgos Merlot). The group worked tirelessly to construct an album that would showcase their raw talent that has grown so much over the last decade.
With the new release, a tour was sure to follow. The fivesome has been touring since February and will make their way across the U.S. to endorse the ultra popular album "Postcards from Paradise."
Jannus Live was packed on Friday night, with the group playing a show in St. Petersburg. Admission was a slim $5 and the traffic in the courtyard was pretty much wall to wall. A feel-good-vibe encompassed the venue and once the group finally took the stage, it was clear that the fashionably late crew had been well worth the wait; and the $5.
One of the notable characteristics of the band was that their lead vocalist also happened to be the drummer. Having a drum kit front and center of the Jannus' stage was somewhat of a different sight, but definitely a spectacle to observe.
A prodominantly younger generation of fans were the main guests in attendance for the show. Although it was a solid mix of young and old, it was easy to see that the group draws a very youthful and dynamic crowd.
"I've been following them for about a year and a half, but this is my first time seeing them live" said anxious fan Emerick Van Osdal. "I'm so excited." Van Osdal was not alone as an ear piercing volume of cheers arose once the O-town crew began their set.
The Supervillains offered a side show of comedic relief within their set. Verbal exchanges, amongst the band throughout the show, were high in wit and bountiful in simplicity. Each member of the group had a character within himself to be shown during the concert.
Dominic Maresco was the front man on drums and lead vocals. Scott "Skart" Suldo held it down on the lead guitar while Daniel Grundorf kept the bass in check. Additions, in light of popularity, included Nathan Anderson on the saxophone and flute and T-Rex on the keys.