March 17, 2014A rainy day in a sleepy picturesque town was the setting for an inspired set from the up-and-coming group Superhumanoids. If you have never been to the Ventura Theater, you are missing out. This place is gorgeous, reminiscent of the glamorous Hollywood movie palaces of the past. Art deco and gilded styling abound and the sound system will pin your ears back. I got to hang out a bit backstage with Sarah, Cameron, Max, and Evan. These are the type of cats you would want to hang out with anyway, so it was easy and relaxed chatter. They had to keep their cool through a sound check full of cable mazes and rigged patches at the sound board, and did so like pros as the minutes ticked by. For their first performance in Ventura, I was surprised to see the size of their fan base there. Fans briskly walking (not running, of course) to get in and as close to the stage as possible when the doors opened. The music was uplifting, pulsing dark and dreamy - sometimes all at the same time. Sarah's vocals especially on tracks like "So Strange" are clear and light over the top of some bassy grooves. "Geri" also stood out as having a very interesting arrangement and interplay between the instrumentation. But clearly all the musicians are accomplished and share a vibrance about their art that comes through as emotion and honesty. A good night, a great set, in a great venue - who could want any more?