OTH!: So, Nick, let’s dive right into the heart of Superdivorce. To say I’m intrigued by your musical background would be an understatement- I’m genuinely floored by it! The band started out as an earnest, Midwest post-hardcore outfit and- within a year’s time- has utterly transformed into a budding, dancey electro-pop duo. I’ve heard and seen that Superdivorce’s post-hardcore days were “on the brink of [a] fiery death.” I have to ask, where did Superdivorce’s initial beginnings go wrong? How did it toe the line of extinction?
Nick: Well! Our initial run began to go south when our bassist at the time, Dale Hupke, decided to leave the band shortly after we released our first album in 2016. He was, and still is, a fantastic tattoo artist at Studio 85 Tattoo, which just so happens to be the studio my wife opened back in 2013!
Anyhow, as the band and Dale’s budding career as a tattooist both began requiring more and more of his time, he realized one of the two had to go. Understandably, he chose to devote himself fully to body art. Make no mistake, he is an incredible bass player, but his tattoo skills are just as impressive. By the time he had to make the decision between music and slingin’ that ink, he’d already become quite successful as an artist. Given how much time and energy he’d invested into his personal career at the point, I couldn’t blame him for his decision to leave.
He was up front about the whole thing and spared us the commonly drawn out exit of so many artistic flakes, so there were no hard feelings.
So then it was down to Bender, Bob, and me in the early summer of 2016.
Some issues that had been simmering for some time came to light one evening.
There was a war of a words.
And then Superdivorce was a two-piece band. A drummer and a vocalist with a quite uncertain future.
OTH!: Furthermore, would you change anything about that? As in, do you wish that you could’ve continued in heavier music, or was the rebirth of Superdivorce as an electro band a blessing in disguise and, thusly, a welcomed change?
Nick: I’m not at all regretful about leaving the heavier side behind for now. I’ve played heavier music for nearly my entire time as a musician, so it’s not like I haven’t explored that realm to my own satisfaction (for now at least).
And though I’ve spent a lot of time screaming and yelling on stage, I prefer listening to poppier music. 80s pop, new wave, 90s alt/power pop, late 90s/early 2000s emo and the like as opposed to heavy music. I like stuff I can have fun singing along to. My favorite band ever is Weezer. So it’s fun to be able to draw from those influences without having to sneak the influences in so subtly.
OTH!: Do you have any interest in ever returning to heavy music, be it a fused take with Superdivorce, or, perhaps, a future side project?