In The Spotlight With Tricia
Brock From Superchick
By Amy Hammond Hagberg
I recently chatted with
Tricia Brock, lead vocalist for the Christian pop/punk band Superchic[k]
about their music and ministry. Their latest album, Beauty from Pain, hit
the airwaves and retail outlets in 2005. Her testimony is featured in my
new book, How Do You Know He's Real: God Unplugged, which is available
at book stores everywhere or at www.amyhagberg.com.
AH: Tell me a little bit
about the significance of the title, Beauty From Pain.
TB: "Beauty from Pain" is
the title track on the album. It pretty much is the story of a time of
brokenness where everything in my life, things I had planned and hoped
for, started to kind of fall apart. I would almost say to the point of
just being pretty depressed. And when all of this was happening, we had
to go back on the tour.... I didn't really know how I was going to get
through it. So I knew that the only option was to seek God.... I would
tell Him every thought and feeling I had. "God, I don't understand you
right now, I don't understand your plan, I don't understand your will,
I don't understand why you let it hurt like this when you say you love
me." The main scripture that I meditated on was Job 28.... Job still believed
that God was watching him even though he couldn't feel God. He couldn't
see God. But he kept the faith that God's promises were true and that in
his pain God was still watching him and believing that God was going to
make beauty in him through that pain.
AH: How would you compare
this recording to your previous ones?
TN: Our other albums are
more light-hearted and kind of typical pop and punk stuff. We've had songs
on past albums that were about more serious stuff but maybe just not as
personal. That's the biggest difference. Because these are personal, I
think it will come across a little bit more serious and honest and vulnerable
because we're not giving just analogies. We're not talking about somebody
we met on the road or a friend of ours. We're saying this was me--this
was the time that I went through.
AH: What are your plans
for the band down the road?
TB: This is where God's
had us for a few years now, and it has been like what we've been called
to. I think there are things that each of us could do after this; we all
have interests in other things, but this is our first priority. I mean,
at least a couple of us from the band--if this ended--would stay in music
and maybe make an album of our own, do a different type of thing. But I
don't think that's really that huge of a thought right now.... Until God
really shows us that the doors are closing, obviously this is where we'll
AH: Several of your songs
have been featured on TV and movies. Do you see yourself moving more into
the mainstream market?
TB: I would say that more
than ever if those doors got opened and it seemed like it was right and
it was the right timing... We've never sought it out, but I would be really
excited about what that could mean for our music and our ministry. But
it would also be scary, and I don't think I would take it lightly. We've
all said we wouldn't jump into anything like that. It would definitely
be a lot of praying.
AH: Do you consider yourselves
to be musicians or ministers?
TB: We always said that this
is our ministry and that we feel like youth pastors. But at the same time,
our whole motto has always been that everyone is preaching something, and
everyone with their lives is a pastor.
AH: Who have been some of
your musical influences?
TB: I wasn't really hugely
into music when I was younger. I love to sing, but it was all pretty conservative
stuff. I grew up singing in church and choirs. When I was a kid, Amy Grant
was my hero. I think she did change Christian music a lot, and I think
she was a role model for a lot of girls. I think as time's gone by, the
people I respect the most in Christian music are the people that I meet--people
like Michael W. Smith, who don't act like they deserve to be treated any
certain way and that definitely have a lot to be respected for. Musically,
my favorite Christian bands are Pax 217. They are one of my favorites just
to rock to--Audio Adrenaline out of the big headliners, and obviously the
Newsboys--they signed us, they've taken us on tours with them and definitely
really have helped us.
AH: What's in your CD player
TB: When I put in a CD a
lot of times it's worship; David Crowder is probably one of my favorite
things to just stick in because I love his lyrics, I love how they do hymns
and Psalms and make them rock. Or it's a lot of really mellow stuff. Some
of it's Christian, and some of it's not. I tend to like really laid-back
music that just kind of relaxes me. There's this one girl, a secular artist,
Alicia Keyes, who I totally think is an amazing talent.
AH: If you were to describe
to someone what your sound might be compared with in the mainstream market
what would you say?
TB: We've been told that
if you mix Blink 182, Black Eyed Peas, No Doubt and Good Charlotte that
you'd have our new album. So there you go.
AH: What do you like most
and least about being a "rock star?"
TB: Probably most--knowing
at the end of the night that what I do is just because I feel called here.
And I wouldn't really want to live without a strong purpose. Probably the
least is the instability--to not really feel like there's a "home" home.
I've got like three different places I go off the road that are called
"home." I'm a really relational person.... That's probably the hardest
thing for me, missing birthdays, and missing weddings, missing my friends
and family. There are just some things that aren't helped when you're gone.