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Superorganism is an English indie pop band, formed in early 2017 and based in London. The group consists of eight members, including lead vocalist Orono Noguchi, alongside Emily, Harry, Tucan, Robert Strange, Ruby, B, and Soul.
Four of their members originally performed together as The Eversons.
Superorganism initially started as a casual recording project with members based in multiple countries, across the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia. Most of the members of Superorganism had met online in music forums and via mutual friends over a number of years. At the time of Superorganism’s formation, the majority of the members had been living in London since 2015 and decided to embark on a musical project together.
Four of the members – Mark Turner (Emily), Christopher Young (Harry), Timothy "Tim" Shann (Tucan), and Blair Everson (Robert Strange), had previously met Orono Noguchi when they were touring Japan in another band called The Eversons. Noguchi, at the time a high school student from Maine, had first discovered The Eversons via her YouTube recommendations, thereafter becoming a fan of the group. During a 2015 summer trip to Japan, her country of origin, Noguchi found The Eversons to be performing a gig nearby and attended. It was there and then that the group became friends, bonding over their shared interest of internet memes.
|Example of Soul participating in interviews while living separately|
After discovering Noguchi could sing (she had been regularly posting covers on SoundCloud), the group then sent a message to Noguchi, asking if she wanted to add lyrics and vocals to a demo they had been working on at the beginning of 2017. The demo came to be Superorganism's first single "Something For Your M.I.N.D.", which was later featured on the soundtrack of FIFA 18.
Having graduated from John Bapst Memorial High School in June, seventeen-year-old Noguchi relocated to London. "Ever since I was little I had two big goals," says Noguchi, "One of them was to be a musician or an artist of some sort, and the other was to go to college in the States. That’s why I made the decision to go to Maine by myself when I was fourteen." In regards to college, she said, "[Forming Superorganism] was a really big decision but you don’t get to decide when opportunities come. So I'll do this, and I can go to college any time I want."
While Ruby and B are known for their roles as background singers, they are also capable of playing instruments. For instance, Ruby is competent on the strings. Robert Strange is Superorganism’s visual artist. As of late 2017, seven out of eight band members live together in a large terraced house in East End that doubles up as a live-in, 24-hour studio.
The eighth member, South Korean background vocalist Soul (Earl Ho), is the only member to live apart from the group, residing in Sydney, Australia. An enlarged image of Soul's face often takes his place in group photographs. Going by the project name "CHI", Soul has also released material to a Bandcamp account of his own, playing the guitar and keyboard himself.
In 2019 the former band of half of the members, the Eversons, was dumped from their record label due to allegations against Mark Turner (Emily), that "became common knowledge among the New Zealand indie music scene". The label released a statement saying they were against sexual misconduct and apologised unreservedly for not acting sooner. Some songs by the Eversons were controversial in New Zealand for their perceived misogynistic and offensive content.
The group consists of members from England, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. They create original internet-age electronically-tinged indie pop music.
Describing the creation of Superorganism's songs, Orono Noguchi says, "It usually starts with us listening to music and talking about music, art, and all kinds of stuff in the kitchen. Then, one of us would come up with a very basic idea for a song. We'd then send the file back and forth among the group and add on some random ideas that we have. We'd keep working on it until we have a final product."
"We've got the guy making the videos downstairs, mixing in the other room, [and] singing going on [elsewhere]," Harry says in regards to their live-in studio. "We've created this kind of warped version of a pop production house.
- Orono Noguchi, also known as "OJ" – vocals, writing, painting
- Emily (Mark David Turner) – writing, production, synths
- Tucan, or Dr. Tucan Taylor Michaels (Timothy "Tim" Shann) – writing, production, mixing, drums
- Robert Strange (Blair Everson) – visual arts, staging
- Harry (Christopher Young) – writing, production, guitar
- B – background vocals, background dancing, background musician
- Ruby – background vocals, background dancing, background musician
- Soul (Earl Ho) – background vocals, background dancing, background musician
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|2017||"Something for Your M.I.N.D."||—||—||—||—||—||Superorganism|
|"It's All Good"||—||—||—||—||—|
|2018||"Everybody Wants to Be Famous"||25||83||6||11||29|
|"Reflections on the Screen"||—||—||—||—||—|
|"The Prawn Song"||—||—||—||—||—|
|"—" denotes a title that did not chart or was not released.|
|2017||"It's All Good"||Superorganism|
|"Something for Your M.I.N.D."|
|2018||"Everybody Wants to Be Famous"|
|"Reflections on the Screen"|
|"The Prawn Song"|
Awards and nominations
|2018||MTV Europe Music Awards||Best Push||Superorganism||Nominated|||
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