Accidental Superhero launches Alpine Cup at Loveland Ski Area
LOVELAND SKI AREA – Accidental Superhero is making leaps and bounds in the metropolis of independent, self-promoting bands.
Last summer, the band reached super-heroic proportions faster than a speeding bullet. More than a quarter of a million listeners downloaded its songs from MP3.com. That launched Accidental Superhero to No. 7 on the Billboard.com download charts and No. 2 on the MP3.com pop and rock charts. It has opened for American HiFi, Sammy Hagar, Audiovent and The Calling, and two tracks from its debut CD “Everyman” were used in the movie trailer for “All the Pretty Horses.”
Formed in 1995, the Colorado Springs-based band released its pop-rock “Everyman” CD in 1998. After a less-than-rewarding run, founding members Jonathan Kuiper (vocals) and Sean Mulholland (bass and turntables) went their separate ways in 2000 to explore other projects. They rejoined in 2001, recruiting guitarist Chris Willard and drummer Jeff Woods and taking on an edgier style by redefining their songwriting and implementing loops and samples.
“We went from alternative, guitar-based rock to incorporating hip-hop, samples and different kinds of loops,” Mulholland said (bass and turntables). “We simplified our orchestration. We have one guitar now instead of two, and we’re relying on loops in our latest album. We’re driving more toward melodic, catchy songs.”
Accidental Superhero’s track “Hurt Me Badly” powered over entries from more than 200 Colorado bands for inclusion in an upcoming, four-song compilation CD by LocalMusicScenes.com. The outfit’s new album, “Full Circle,” an original sound based on hip-hop grooves and soaring melodies, is due out in December. The band kicks off a 120-gig, nationwide tour this spring.
“We really tackle getting good melodies that can stick in your head, and we really go after an energetic show,” Mulholland said. “The integration of the hip-hop, funk and drumming elements with alternative rock make us unique. We’ve been compared to 311, Linkin Park, and on the rock side, Third Eye Blind and Vertical Horizon.
“We really go after writing positive music. We’re all Christian except the drummer, but we don’t call ourselves a Christian band. The music comes from a search for truth and understanding in life and dealing with things in life, relating to people.”
Accidental Superhero was the only band west of the Mississippi to make the top 10 out of more than 1,000 competitors in the Coca-Cola New Music Award, presented by the American Music Awards (AMA) to honor the best unsigned artist or band in America.
“Due to the caliber of this year’s entries, it was a difficult task to narrow down the artists to 10 from the original 50 qualifiers,” said Dick Clark, AMA creator and executive producer.
Though the band didn’t make the top-three list at the finalist competition Nov. 1, it garnered enough recognition to headline for more national acts in the upcoming months and introduce three of its tracks in the movie “Bleed,” due out later this year.
Accidental Superhero performs a free concert at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in conjunction with the Nature Valley Alpine Cup and Chevy Super Series at Loveland Ski Area. Lift tickets for the day are $29. For more information on the band, visit
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