The Professional Super Heroes, defending the weak and rockin' for justice
The Admiral Rashaad Jones, Superfly Wonder Pimp, Chet Upston Federal Accountant walked into Sacred Grounds in Eureka dressed in their complete super hero garb. No giving away secret identities in this interview; they wanted to make sure I got the real Professional Super Heroes, “not just a group of fools,” said the Admiral.
The Admiral, who plays guitar and keyboard for this Eureka independent rock cover band, was wearing a blue sea captain's jacket and hat to match, along with a stunning little pinstripe shirt cut right above the knees. Under his coat one could just catch a glimpse of a vintage-looking “Clash” T-shirt.
The Admiral says his super powers are X-ray vision (which he assured me he doesn't use but likes to let people know that he has it), and wicked tennis skills.
His counterpart, Superfly, also on guitars and keys, was wearing a blue jumpsuit with a smashing red cape and a yellow construction hat that complemented the outfit. Superfly's super powers include but are not limited to defeating evil with the toy bat of Justice, being incredibly sexy in a jumpsuit, and communing with squirrels.
The shortest of the group, Chet Upston was wearing what looked to be a giant hairy bear suit, and a shirt over it. The first was ripped as if the hair had grown so quickly the shirt could not contain it all and burst, which was probably the case, and as Chet himself proclaimed, “I play drums and a mean game of poker.
The newest member of the super group goes by the alias El Blanco Nino, and plays bass. He couldn't make it to the interview, but will be at the next show in full costume. El Blanco Nino said his powers were rock-crushing action that is activated by a lever on his back.
They also have a monkey. There are a great many stories surrounding The Monkey, none of which are this one -- sorry. If you do want to hear that story, check out http://www.myspace.com/proheroes , and all will be made clear.
I would also like to clarify that The Humboldt Beacon cannot verify whether or not the super powers claimed by the Professional Super Heroes are actually in fact real.
OK, so now you have met the Professional Super Heroes, one of Humboldt's freshest new bands.
The band was birthed out of the ashes of The Admiral and Superfly's previous music adventures that ended suddenly. The name had been born three years before the band. Admiral said, “It's just such a perfect name!”
So, armed with a good band name and some musical instruments, the defenders of Justice set out to cover some early '90s rock. This was all way back in the summer of 2005. The Super duo played their first show for a birthday party in Redding.
Right after that, their keyboard got stolen. So they buckled down and started raising money by doing or playing anything they could. They played birthday parties, they wrote stories, they serenaded people, and whatever else people needed from them for a minimum of 5 bucks. They would buy shirts at yard sales or thrift stores and iron or sew on their logo and patches and sell them for $5. If you want some Pro Super Heroes merchandise, just contact them and they will get you what you need.
Since that time, they've expanded their band by two (Chet and Blanco) and have played many shows and covered many bands.
The Pro Heroes classify their sound as atomic post hard-core sca punk reggae that covers independent rock bands. They are really just a bunch of guys who like playing music.
”Once we realized we could play songs that we liked (written by other people) for an audience -- it was an epiphany,” explained the Admiral, adding, “Why do anything else?”
They cover songs by local bands like the Ian Fayes and Audiowreck, as well as larger out-of-town indie bands like The Volumemen and Be Brave Bold Robot.
”We would even cover our own song,” said Superfly, “if we wrote something that fit our style.”
There aren't any rules or limits to what this band will cover. They even steal all their album art from old Canadian comic books.
”We don't make our own music or art,” Superfly said, “but we could!”
They could, but then people wouldn't be hearing music done by bands that they might not get to see otherwise.
The heroes are having a show at The Metro on Feb. 24. It's free and promises to be a rockin' time of justice defending fun.
Come support your friendly neighborhood superheroes.