Lori Friday has found a door to her past.
“There’s one song in particular, ‘One 1,000,’ we played it the other night for the first time in many years,” said Friday, the bassist for Troy hard and blues rockers Super 400. “I looked over at Kenny during the first verse, he had a tear in his eye and I was pretty choked up myself.
“Just for a moment, I was a kid again and I was back in our old rehearsal space on the Hudson River … just being kids. Right in that moment, I was back there again.”
Super 400: 20th Anniversary Show
WHERE: The Hangar on the Hudson, 675 River St. Troy
WHEN: 9 p.m. Saturday
HOW MUCH: $10 advance, $12 door
MORE INFO: 272-9740, www.facebook.com/theHangarTroy
Friday, guitarist and vocalist Kenny Hohman and drummer Joe Daley are celebrating 20 years as a band on Saturday with a 9 p.m. show at The Hangar on The Hudson in Troy. Friday — she and Hohman are married and raising daughter Ellie — expects to hit other emotional notes during the landmark performance.
“We’re going to play songs from the 20 years,” Friday said of the band, named after a Gibson carved wood guitar. “We’ve had other anniversary shows, I think we did a five, we did a 10, we did a 15, and those shows were fun but they weren’t as emotionally intense as the build-up for this one has been. I’ve definitely shed a few tears of joy over the past week.”
Ravena native Friday joined longtime friends Hohman and Daley in 1996. She had recently graduated from the University at Albany with a degree in vertebrate paleontology, the study of extinct animals through fossilized remains. But she was really into music, and into finding people who shared her passion.
“I was offered a scholarship to graduate school to get a master’s degree and almost right at the same time I walked into Pauly’s Hotel on Central Avenue and I saw two guys playing on stage at an open blues jam,” Friday said in a phone interview. “I just about stopped in my tracks. I pretty much decided right then that was what I wanted. I wanted to find out who these guys were and start playing with them right away.”
She gave Kenny her pitch — and phone number — that night. “He totally blew me off,” she said. But they eventually set a date at the band’s rehearsal space on River Street.
“I brought my bass over and we plugged in,” Friday said. “We didn’t say anything, we just plugged in and played for 20 minutes straight without stopped. And when we did stop, that was it. I was in the band.”
Super 400 signed with Island Records and released it debut album, “Super 400” in 1998. The band has since released four other albums, on other labels, the last one in 2009.
Friday said the band has always been tough to categorize.
“We’re not rock enough to be like a Queens of the Stone Age kind of thing, but we’re not pop enough to be like a Maroon 5 kind of thing,” she said. “We’ve always been classified as a throwback hippie band, but I think that’s kind of silly because we definitely have a modern sound.
“I used to tell people we were a soul band, that we play soul music,” Friday added. “I felt good about saying that because I know our songs are very soulful and Kenny, who does most of the singing, he’s got a beautiful, soulful voice that’s made me cry many times.”
The future means more writing and more playing.
“I think we’ve grown through perseverance and finding out who we are as people,” Friday said. “We’ve gone through a lot of challenges, we’ve gone through a lot of heartache and a lot of heartbreaks in our personal and professional lives. Through it all, we’ve stuck together. There’s never been any tension between the three of us. There’s never been a time, as far as I know, that any one of the three of us had a foot out the door or was looking elsewhere. We’ve always been a family, since the very first day.”
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