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Super Desserts Whips Up Dreamy Folk-Pop

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Since its first show at the Surly Girl Saloon two years ago, Super Desserts has played in various living rooms, art galleries, record stores, and at one midnight pancake breakfast. This whimsical seven-piece ensemble lives for imaginative instrumentation, lulling harmonies, and pizza. Lots of pizza.

“Despite what you might think we eat considerably more pizza than we do sweets,” said Bobby Miller, Super Desserts’ guitar player and vocalist. “We eat it like it’s our job and sometimes order one during the middle of a set.” Other band members include Alyssa Capps, Dan Chase, Tyler Evans, Fran Litterski, Matt Ogborn, Justin Riley, Eve Searls, and Steve Winstead.

Drawing inspiration from 1970’s AM radio, sad old French songs, and The Carter Family, Super Desserts’ songs feature an array of unique instruments like the banjo, bass clarinet, cello, glockenspiel, piano, sitar, viola, and violin. The band aims to perform at as many nontraditional venues as possible in order to connect with people as distinct and engaging as its music. “There are actually a lot of bands doing outside-of-the-box things in all corners of the Columbus music scene,” Bobby said. “It’s awesome to live in a town that affords us that opportunity.”

So far Super Desserts has released two full-length albums and has played nearly 40 live shows. The band plans to tour extensively this summer and will release a third album later this year. On May 23 Super Desserts will play at The Art Exchange on East Brickel Street in the Short North during an exhibition for local painter Jeff Fernengel. “Fern’s paintings are completely distinctive and hilarious and awesome,” Bobby said. “I implore all of you to come out and enjoy some oddball art, drink a few adult beverages, and have an all-around fantastic time.”

Visit thesuperdesserts.com and myspace.com/superdesserts for more information.

Alexandra Kelley does freelance writing, marketing, and public relations and can be reached at alexandra477.com.

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