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Artist of the day: Neglected Superhero

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The musicians in Tampa pop-punk band Neglected Superhero get their powers from wide-ranging dynamics, infectious harmonies and speedy energy. They can go from a power ballad to a death metal howl to a hardcore juggernaut in a single bound, all with effective transitions and instrumental layering.

Stylistically, they’re not easy to pigeonhole. Certain aspects sound familiar, like their sneering vocal delivery, but the polished ’n’ tight quartet — John Apsey, lead vocals; Danny Long, bass and vocals; Mike Moore, guitar and vocals, and Brian Zygmunt, drums — have been winning over crowds and critics with their spunky performances and comedic charm.

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You can check out Neglected Superhero at 8 p.m. Saturday at Crowbar in Ybor City with Red Letter Day, Johnny Unite Us, Hero of Our Time and Imaginary Friends. Show starts at 8 p.m. 18 and up. $7.

After the jump, get Julie Garisto's full profile of Neglected Superhero...

Not to be ignored: The musicians in Tampa pop-punk band Neglected Superhero get their powers from wide-ranging dynamics, infectious harmonies and speedy energy. They can go from a power ballad to a death metal howl to a hardcore juggernaut in a single bound, all with effective transitions and instrumental layering. Stylistically, they’re not easy to pigeonhole. Certain aspects sound familiar, like their sneering vocal delivery, but the polished ’n’ tight quartet — John Apsey, lead vocals; Danny Long, bass and vocals; Mike Moore, guitar and vocals, and Brian Zygmunt, drums — have been winning over crowds and critics with their spunky performances and comedic charm.

Current lineup: Together since last December, Long and Apsey officially formed in 2003 with several lineup changes. They went on a long break from 2005 to ’09. Moore left Tampa pop-punk band Select Start to join Neglected Superhero.

Old friends, new friends: Apsey, Long and Moore have been pals since middle school. Moore even dated Apsey’s sister at one time. Zygmunt, who calls himself the “odd man out,” was born and raised in Philadelphia. He came into the fold several months after meeting Apsey at Fourth of July party. “We all act like we’ve known each other forever,” Apsey said. “There’s never any tension. We hang out with each other outside of band shows and band practice.”

Hangout and pastimes: Zygmunt and Apsey play disc golf; Long and Zygmunt frequent Tank’s Tap Room and Moore and Apsey go on double dates with the wives. “I don’t hang out with Mike,” Zygmunt said with a laugh.

Day jobs, etc.: Apsey is a licensed security officer, and Moore owns a tattoo shop/hair salon called Do Or Dye. Zygmunt works at Fast Signs and is a senior at USF, studying environmental policy and science. Long works at Crabby Bill’s on the Courtney Campbell Causeway.

Impressive connection: Obituary lead singer John Tardy is recording the band’s new CD, the Steam EP. Long said he got a little starstruck about the frontman for the internationally renowned death metal band and told him sheepishly that he stole an Obituary CD once in sixth grade. “It originally belonged to me,” Long clarified.

Funny story behind that title: The Steam EP, inspired by a winter morning when the band was forced to urinate on frosty ground outside Tardy’s studio, offers a humorous double entendre in its pronunciation.

Songwriting: It’s been getting more collaborative, Moore said.

Apsey: “Mike writes a song a day.”

Their zany stage presence: Apsey, to put it simply, runs around the stage like a lunatic. “I used to to do flips, but I never got the hang of landing them,” Apsey said.

Zygmunt: “I’ve been scared a couple times that he was going to run into me!”

Long: “John and I have known each other a while so I’ve developed a natural shield of avoidance.”

Oddest compliment: Shared Moore, “We signed a girl’s arm once.”

Hear them: Saturday night at Crowbar in Ybor City with Red Letter Day, Johnny Unite Us, Hero of Our Time and Imaginary Friends. Show starts at 8 p.m. 18 and up. $7. (813) 241-8600.

-- Julie Garisto, tbt*

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:19pm]

    

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