Superthriller formed in 2003 at the afterparty of DANCE BEAR DANCE, where they recorded their first single. They are Ben and Max Ringham and Andrew Rutland - sound designers and composers for SHUNT since 2000. They recorded their first album while designing TROPICANA. They played live at the SHUNT LOUNGE, where they had their recording studio, and they toured with Beck.
The Band were signed to independent British record label Mint Music. They released three 7" singles in the summer of 2003 to critical acclaim.
The debut album was first released in 2004. It was recorded between the summers of 2003 and 2004 primarily in the garden with overdubs being done at Conspiracy Studios, Arch 12A and The Shunt Vaults. The band borrowed lots of Analogue keyboards from vintage collector Marshall Aver and were interested in playing them all with just one finger whilst barbecuing and being in the swimming pool all at the same time. The album was heavily supported by Rough Trade record shops and made it into their year's top 25 albums. The record was given a more substantial international release the following year when Mint Music secured a wider reaching distribution deal.
THE BLANK ALBUM
Whilst completing work on their second album proper, Superthriller 2, the band released a stop gap album of studio out takes, re edits and bits of sound design informed by their work at Shunt and Frank Zappa's 'We're Only In It For The Money' album. The album was sold as a completely blank cd that had access to a website where the listener would choose 25 tracks out of 30 and program their own running order before downloading and burning the tracks to the disc.
Released in 2007, Superthriller 2 was not as well received as the previous two records. It was a departure from the sound of Superthriller 1, containing less funk and electronics and more acoustic style songwriting.
Released in 2009 Moods was another move on for Superthriller’s sound. The album was completely made from samples with no live instrumentation at all. All The Samples being taken from a huge collection of Library music records that Andrew Rutland had purchased.
TOURS AND APPEARANCES
In 2005 Superthriller toured with Beck as his support act playing throughout the U.K. The Show was a multi media performance event. Each song had an accompanying film that was projected onto a giant cube that sat in the centre of the stage. Video artist Suzannah Dietz shot and produced all the film. The Show was directed by David Rosenberg and included Shunt performers Hannah Ringham, Leila Rosa, Gemma Brockis and Serena Bobowski.
The band continued touring until 2007 playing European and British Festivals. From 2007 to 2010 Superthriller changed their live show to a more standard drums/ bass/guitar set up. They played regularly at The Shunt Lounge, Cargo and various other London venues. Hannah Ringham, Leila Rosa, Gemma Brockis and Serena Bobowski regularly contributed backing vocals. John Thompson of The Selector played bass and Kunja Bihari drums. These shows at The Shunt Lounge would usually end with Singer Ben Ringham inviting the audience to join the band onstage for a chaotic stage invasion finale, which often ended in band and audience members being hospitalised or naked.
Ben Ringham Lead Vocals, Backing vocals Keyboards, Bass, Guitars, drums
Max Ringham Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals, Electronics, Keyboards, Bass, Guitars, drums
Andrew Rutland Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Guitars, Ukulele, Drums.
Hannah Ringham, Leila Rosa, Gemma Brockis, Serena Bobowski Vocals/ Performance
Nahoum Mantra Prince
Jack Yglesias Percussion
John Thompson Bass
Kunja Bihari Drums
Ross Mcdoull Drums
Salvador Garza Bass
Eric Aldrey Engineer
Superthriller 1 (2004)
The Blank Album (2006)
Superthriller 2 (2007)
I'm Gonna Ask to Leave at Three So Call Me (2003)
Smoking Kills (2003)
Superthriller Motherfucker (2005)
Pop Goes The Captain (2006)
Hungry Like DeWolfe (2009)
The Internet (2014)