Meet The Supertones
The O.C. Supertones Posted 10/99
Let me drown in an ocean of devotion,
Let my joy be in service and love my emotion,
Let me be closer than your right hand,
Tighter than your left hand and let me be a godly man.
—"Perseverance of the Saints"
Perseverance has already paid off for the Orange County Supertones. The band has been together since the early ’90s, when it was first known as Saved, but didn’t release their debut album until 1996. Founding members Jason Carson and Matt Morginsky tried many musical genres in those early years: punk, disco, funk, rap, metal, and more. Finally they hit upon a high-energy ska sound that combines elements of reggae and punk, with the heavy dance beats and horn sections of jazz, swing, and big band music. Their first album, Adventures of the OC Supertones, was an instant hit. The next year they followed it up with The Supertones Strike Back, which debuted at #3 on Billboard’s Heat Seekers Chart and sold over 300,000 copies. Their latest album, Chase the Sun, was released in 1999.
In addition to their three best-selling albums and concert tours, the Supertones have spread the word ska-fashion through such high-profile venues as Chicago Bulls games, Extreme Sports, and MTV. They’ve been featured at Harvest Crusades, where people packed Hawaii’s Aloha Bowl and California’s Anaheim Stadium. And in January 1999, they opened the Light of the World Papal Youth Rally in St. Louis, Missouri, for none other than the Pope and President Clinton! Fifty thousand people attended this event, which happens just twice a decade.
Musically, they are talented and progressive. Spiritually, they are bold and unwavering. Band member Jason Carson sums it up: "We are here to serve God and put him first. The whole point of this band is to see Christians grow closer to Christ, and to see non-Christians come to know him. Period." (Campus Life Web site) Not only do they mention God in every song they write and perform, but at most of their live concerts, Jason lays down his drumsticks to present a message about God’s love to the youthful audience. One account of a recent Ska Mania! concert describes this interlude as a praise and worship time of tears, confession, and prayer for the audience. (Campus Life Web site) Kids make life-changing decisions at Supertones concerts—and that’s what the group is all about. And their support of organizations like Food for the Hungry, a Christian relief and development organization, shows they don’t just talk the talk, they walk the walk.
The members of this uniquely talented group are Matt Morginsky (vocals), Brian Johnson (guitar), Tony Terusa (bass), Jason Carson (drums), Dave Chevalier (sax), Darrin Mettler (trumpet), and Dan Spencer (trombone).