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‘Superfekta’ performs at Tulalip Casino

Superfekta performs Jan. 21 at Aces Casino in Smokey Point. - Courtesy Photo
Superfekta performs Jan. 21 at Aces Casino in Smokey Point.
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TULALIP — After more than a decade of paying its dues, a rock band made up of Marysville natives is finally getting its shot at the big time.

Not only will the quartet “Superfekta” perform at the Tulalip Resort Casino on Feb. 9, from 9:30 p.m. to midnight, but they’ll also be doing so for Beau Hill, co-founder of Interscope Records.

“That’s a lot of years of not losing the faith,” said Kyyle Cort, the guitarist, backing vocalist and songwriter for Superfekta, which released its second album, “Decade Past,” two years ago. “We’ve already been through all the band drama.”

Among the travails that Cort compared to a “VH1 Behind the Music episode” were the drug problems of his brother, Kris, who eventually had to leave the band. Cort and his bandmates credited Matt Thompson, who stepped in for Kris as their bass player, with seamlessly filling the void.

“We all loved that Seattle music scene,” Thompson said, before laughing, “The only difference is, they were in junior high and I was in my 30s when it happened.”

The band’s influences include Soundgarten, Alice in Chains and Nirvana from the 1990s, but Thompson has also heard touches of older rock bands as diverse as Black Sabbath and The Cars in their music.

“There are a lot of good local bands whose first six songs sound like the same song,” Thompson said. “With us, there’s more diversity to it.”

“That’s probably why we haven’t gotten tired of it and have kept on going,” said lead vocalist Ryan Drake. “We have fans who say, ‘I only listen to rap, except for when I listen to you guys.’”

Drake likewise echoed his bandmates’ assessments of their fans’ loyalty, citing the number of familiar faces that they see at each show.

“There are guys I did the graduation march with at Marysville-Pilchuck, who come to every one of our shows,” Drake said.

“The fans have more fun at our shows than we do,” Cort laughed.

Although Superfekta has already performed sold-out shows at venues including the Hard Rock Cafe in Seattle and Emerald Downs, as well as headlined the 2010 Lake Stevens Aquafest fireworks concert, band manager John Elder of Showcase Music Industries deemed their Tulalip performance a milestone in itself.

“Beau Hill is an icon of a producer,” Elder said. “Just to be able to sit in the same room with this guy, much less have him review your music, is amazing.”

“Our fans have been asking us for years, ‘When are you going to come to Tulalip?’” Drake said, before laughing, “We tell them that we come to Tulalip all the time — we just didn’t get to play there until now.”

Drummer Mike Bissell believes Superfekta’s appeal transcends age barriers, and he and his bandmates hope those who listen to their music for the first time will grow as fond of it as their “family” of fans and bandmates themselves.

“I think of these guys as my blood brothers,” Cort said. “We grew up playing in dirt piles together, and now, as adults, we’re getting our wish. We’ve already had one hell of a run.”

For more information about the band, log onto Superfekta’s website.

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