In 2014, twin brothers J-M Sutcliffe (guitars & vocals) and J-P Sutcliffe (drums, vocals, keys & percussion), along with Lorenzo Bassignani (bass) and Matt Dibble (keys, vocals, saxophone & clarinet) formed the band Super db to indulge their shared passion for 70s and 80s pop, disco, funk, rock and jazz. The name of the band alludes to the positive, upbeat nature of their music and also includes the initials of each band member.
Their new album “Ecoute Ca” pays homage to the West Coast yacht rock music of the 70s and 80s and is a joyful synthesis of the band’s various songwriting approaches: funky bass lines, riffing guitars, smooth saxophone and a passion for distinct vocal harmonies. The music recalls the smooth L.A. soft rock of artists like Greg Guidry and Nielsen/Pearson, but also the elegant R&B of Earth, Wind & Fire – and unmistakably the playful pop sensibilities of the Electric Light Orchestra.
In May 2021, Super db sadly announced the untimely and sudden death of their founding member, Matt Dibble. In Matt’s honour, the remaining band members continue to be dedicated to sharing the music they made together and vitally shall maintain the positive vibes and lust for life that Matt always brought to the project and life in general. “Ecoute Ca” represents everything that 4 piece loved to create as a unit and its release is now as significant as ever.
Photo: Greg Veit