In the summer of 2014, two Bens (Ward and Brown) formed a secretive fraternal order called Ben Club, based in a secret location in Britain’s smallest town (Manningtree). Exactly what went on in Ben Club was never revealed, but when two men spend that amount of time together, inevitably their friends and family members start to question whether it is more than just a male bonding exercise.
Following an intervention by Ben Brown’s girlfriend and brother, Ben Club was forced to relax its strict membership rules. Krista and Alex joined the group to play bass and guitar and the new four-piece used this opportunity to choose a more inclusive name – SuperGlu was born.
Two and a half years later, they were playing a sold-out showcase for BBC Music and the Department of International Trade at SxSW in Austin, Texas and being described as one of the most exciting forces in British guitar music.
The self-styled “bubblegum rock” four-piece struck it lucky from the start, when their first demo (still under the name Ben Club) was picked up by Huw Stephens and broadcast on Radio 1 before they had even played a gig. Debut single Diving Bell was released in April 2015, with their first festival appearance at Latitude later that summer, only nine months after they first formed.
Their Horse EP in February 2016 triggered an upsurge of online interest (including features in Clash and DIY), airplay on Radio One, 6 Music and Radio X, headlining shows on the Introducing stages at Leeds and Reading festivals and a return trip to play Latitude at the invitation of Keith Allen.
Rounding off the year in style, their breakthrough single Dreams was championed by Huw, with multiple plays on his Radio One show. It made Spotify UK’s New Music Friday playlist, the Amazing Radio A-list and became a fixture in the Best of Introducing playlist for more than three months.
After a run of blistering shows at South by Southwest in Austin in March 2017, they released Simmer Down as single on antigen records. An early taste of second EP Fig, it received airplay from Huw Stephens, Steve Lamacq, Tom Robinson and John Kennedy and has made Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist on 14 April 2017, where it jostled for attention with Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar.
A run of summer festivals followed, including a third consecutive appearance at Latitude 2017, where they were invited to play twice. The band also made their first two trips to play shows in mainland Europe.
In July 2017, they released Welcome Home, as part of the Communion Records singles club.
“Bands don’t come more instantly infectious than SuperGlu. On their new ‘Horse’ EP… they affix their crunching indie-pop to pin-sharp melody in a manner that’s every bit as unshakeable as that band name might suggest.” – DIY
“Making Suffolk proud one chord at a time” – Huw Stephens