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Superchick to perform in Shepherdstown

October 29, 2009|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - New marriage, guitar-playing hubby, an enduring rock-star career - it's safe to say 30-year-old Superchick front woman Tricia Brock Baumhardt is feeling like a super chick.

Baumhardt chatted with The Herald-Mail ahead of Superchick's concert in Shepherdstown, W.Va., on Thursday, Nov. 5, which they're co-headlining with fellow sister-fronted Christian band Barlowgirl.

Around for more than a decade, contemporary Christian group Superchick has taken on a more poppy feel - though the band still aims to connect to its 8- to 13-year-old fan base. Fans old and new should get a sense of the band's growth in the meantime.

Baumhardt gushed about recent changes in her life. She recently married 28-year-old guitarist Nick Baumhardt, who's involved with Thousand Foot Krutch and FM Static.

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"I could tell we had a lot in common," she said. "We were raised the same way and then, eventually, we found out we lived five minutes from each other. It was pretty natural from the first date on. I felt like I could trust him. He was a pretty good guy. He set out to win my heart pretty quick."

Baumhardt said they're enjoying the married life in Nashville, Tenn., and are even thinking about kids, a major but exciting step. Here's more with Baumhardt.




Q&A with Tricia Brock Baumhardt



WEG: You know they say it's a taboo working with someone you're married to. You (and Nick) work in similar circles. What's that like?

Baumhardt: Well, I think that it is actually worked perfectly. What's hard in dating someone in my career - in the past - was that I'm gone so much. It's hard to constantly be left. Then when I go home, do I go "home-home" or do I go visit "him" or my parents? I really felt torn. That was one thing I prayed about. I wanted to meet someone who lived in my town. I never really had a relationship with a guy who lived in my town.

I would say it made it easy for us. We both understand the schedule generally, we both tour at the same time. We're both gone, then when we come home, we have a few days together and it's nice. And then we both leave. I think it would be tough for me to be here at home and have him leave all the time. It's good when I'm the road. It makes it less tough - missing him. I'm pretty busy. So we both kind of deal with it that way.

WEG: How many shows do you average in a given year?

Baumhardt: I would probably throw out a number that would feel like it's more than what it is, but I think that in the last couple of years we have slowed down a little bit. We get paid enough per show that we don't have to (tour) nonstop. I think around a hundred (per year). The first few years it was a lot worse. We played every show we could just to survive.

WEG: Do you guys think you would want to have children, given your touring schedules?

Baumhardt: I would like it. If I'm still meant to be here and I'm still doing what I do and it happens, we just feel it's time - I'd be like OK. I can see having just one baby and still be able to make it on the road, but if we got to the point where we had two kids, that would be the point where it would mean a nanny would have to be on the road. A baby can't just sit on the bus when we play shows.

If I'm still meant to be here and a couple years down the road we decide to have kids, I definitely would give it a try. I can't see myself on stage pregnant (and) singing songs, but I will attempt to do it.

WEG: That said, were it to come to this, could you sacrifice playing as much if you did have a family of your own?

Baumhardt: Yeah. I definitely would. I'm a girl who's excited to be a mom. But in a way it's more than if I'm OK doing this. It's affecting the whole band. So, it definitely would be a change and it's something we'd all have to talk about.

Most of the band is married now, and I think we all know you go through phases and things may get to a point where - yeah, we only tour weekends now. But I want to see our band through. We have a lot of potential together. We've written some great songs. I wouldn't want to give that up, but being a mom is a big deal.

WEG: Christian music has changed so much in (the past) 10 years. Where do you see the music going?

Baumhardt: I don't know. We've changed musically so much, album to album. Some of us were 18 when we started. We've kind of just grown up personally and musically through each album. It changes a lot because we're getting better at what we do and we have different likes and dislikes. I would have no clue.

If we're still doing what we do in 10 years, I would predict that we had kind of fully crossed over into being mainstream, also, and doing some mainstream pop tours.

I love rock. I love our newer stuff that's pretty rock, but obviously we still have some pop influence. We would love to open up on a Miley Cyrus tour - because to play for that many kids at that age? We don't just have to play for Christian kids, you know, we'd really love to get thrown out there and have positive music in the mainstream market.

That will be my ultimate dream, if we're still doing this in 10 years, is that we get thrown into the mainstream in that way. Who knows? It's funny to think about.




If you go ...



WHAT: Barlowgirl-Superchick live tour with guest VOTA

WHEN: 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5

WHERE: Covenant Baptist Church, 7485 Shepherdstown Pike, Shepherdstown, W.Va.

COSTS: $15 general admission; $10 per person for groups; $25 VIP, which includes session with the bands, early entry, tour souvenir. Get tickets at www.covenantexperience.eventbrite.com

CONTACT: Go to www.superchickonline.com/blog

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