Super Mash Bros Set to Perform
What do you get when you take No Doubt's "I'm Just a Girl," mix it with John Mellencamp's "Jack and Diane" and add a little bit of Busta Rhymes and Destiny's Child? How about combining Coldplay's "Speed of Sound" with MGMT's "Kids" and Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady"?
"It's a mashup; it's pieces and parts of popular songs put together in a new, kind of fresh way," Student Programming Board (SPB) president Ross Connor said of Super Mash Bros.' music. The "Brothers" themselves, DJs Dick Fink and Nicholas Fenmore, will perform in Page Commons during Loudness weekend December 12.
Super Mash Bros., the self-described "hot cousin" of popular mashup artist GirlTalk, recently performed at Boston University, Davidson College and Colgate University, among other venues across the nation, delighting listeners with the mixture of '90s pop and current chart-topping hits. After checking the tour dates and price ranges of a wide selection of bands, SPB selected the group for Loudness.
"The main driving force is finding an act that fits the budget," Connor said. "We had the opportunity, so we decided [Super Mash Bros.] would be a lot of fun."
Karthik Sonty '10, chair of SPB's concert and live music committee, says SPB aims to present students with innovative group.
"We try to get as eclectic of a group of artists as we can, all the while hoping to get new artists whom people hopefully have heard of, [while] trying to expand the ear of Colby as a whole," he said.
Students reacted enthusiastically to the news that the Super Mash Bros. would play, David McGraw, the assistant director of Campus Life, said.
"When you can get a reaction like that on a college campus, you know it's going to be a good show," he said. "We're here to provide a social environment on campus and give the audience what they want."
Nate Eberly '11, who listens to several mashup artists, enjoys the Super Mash Bros.' new take on popular songs.
"I really like hearing the melodies of old songs overlaid with hip-hop," he said.
"It's really cool to hear a bunch of your favorite songs put together and they do really creative things with the songs that they use."
"There are songs that we hear in college and they just get repeated over and over again, so when you hear a new take on a song you love, it's really interesting to hear what they've done with the song," Eberly said.
"We had a tremendous number of people [at GirlTalk] and we technically got shut down," Sonty said. "That show damaged the structural integrity of the stage, so we haven't been able to allow students on the stage for liability reasons."
Connor expects the group to draw a sizable audience, similar to the crowd GirlTalk drew when he performed at the College in spring 2008. Security officers and SPB members will regulate the crowd to ensure organization and safety during the show.
This time, SPB will take extra precautions to regulate and to ensure the safety of the large quantity of audience members.
"We're going to do things a little more like [what we did for] Naughty by Nature," Connor said. "I think it will be a lot of fun and it shouldn't get too crazy."
McGraw believes the variety of performances SPB brings to the Hill throughout the year will satisfy all types of students.
"My goal is by the end of the year, each student will have seen a show that they at least liked," he said.
Sonty said the variety of music genres Super Mash Bros. incorporates into their songs will appeal to students with all different tastes.
"At any given time, you have three or four different songs playing over each other, and odds are people have heard at least one of those songs. It offers an enormous amount of music in one night that people can relate to. There's just a great range to it."
SPB will sell Super Mash Bros. tickets Dec. 7-11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Pulver and Dec. 12 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets cost $5 and students must show a valid Colby ID.