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Press Pass: SUPER bob

SUPER bob (Photo: Mark Stetler)
SUPER bob (Photo: Mark Stetler)

There will be no little drummer boys, no lords a-leaping or ladies dancing, and definitely no rosy-nosed quadrupeds, but SUPER bob lead singer Matt Santoro says his band’s non-Christmas Christmas show gives audiences what they need for the holidays.

“You know how it feels Christmas night: You’re happy to see your family, but you’re also happy to get out of there around 7 or 8 at night,” Santoro said.

SUPER bob will take the Jammin’ Java stage at 8 p.m. Christmas night for the “It’s a Fu@*in SUPER bob Christmas” concert, which has become a long-held tradition for the rock band.

Santoro admits that his is not the type of musical act one typically sees on Christmas night. They cite the hard rock and nu metal acts that celebrated success in the late ’90s among their influences. They’re tattooed and dreadlocked, with pierced lips and dyed hair. On stage they’re hard-hitting, loud, and in-your-face, musically and with their energetic performances.

When Santoro and guitarist Adam Smith, both Reston natives, set out to form a band nearly a decade ago, they wanted it to be a heavy rock act. At the time and even now, Santoro says, there weren’t a lot of good heavy bands in the area. Though the band calls the D.C. area home, Santoro recognizes that SUPER bob’s brand of music isn’t common in the region. He says they can’t find bands to play with here. But he likes being part of something different, and the hard-touring band has found success in places outside of D.C. since taking the act on the road about five years ago. Now, with bassist Drew Recny and drummer Chris Faircloth, the band makes its living by touring, playing nearly 25 shows a month. And SUPER bob is on track to play about 250 concerts this year.

The band has released three full-length albums; the most recent, a self-titled release, came out two years ago. It’s a record Santoro is proud of, one in which he feels the band found itself. It’s the only one they’ll sell at shows, Santoro says, a way to get their best stuff out to audiences.

The band is currently recording its fourth album, carving out time in a dense schedule of performances across the East Coast and Midwest, and Santoro considers it a continuation of the sound the group converged on with its last album. It’s a blend of pop, rap, and rock, one focused on music the band wanted to make – as opposed to what a larger audience might want to hear, or what might sound good on the radio.

“It’s going to be weird,” Santoro said, “really weird and really cool.”

That isn’t to say that what SUPER bob does is inaccessible; it’s a heavy act but lighthearted, Santoro says, adding that he’s “not an overly serious rock and roll guy.”

With his audience in mind, Santoro hopes that “It’s a Fu@*in SUPER bob Christmas” will simply offer entertainment and some relief from holiday stress.

“I hope they have a good time. I hope that if they’re sick of their families, they come out and they blow off some steam,” Santoro said. “The only thing I ever want people to walk away saying is, ‘wow, I just went to a rock and roll show and I had fun.’”

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