HAR MAR SUPERSTAR
Sean Tillmann has been making records under the name “Har Mar Superstar” since 1999. Under the Har Mar moniker, Sean has gone through a plethora of phases, ranging from fun-loving, beats-based music pioneer (he and Peaches shared stages early on) to angry arena crowd opener (a 2002 public lewdness allegation proves it) to soul music crooner. His last album Bye Bye 17opened a lot of people’s minds to his songwriting prowess, which has existed since day one of his career.
For years, Tillmann was an artist’s artist when The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Gossip, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and many other legends decided to collaborate and/or take him on tour. Different phases of his career brought him fame through the fickle worlds of indie, British pop, LA DJ-dom, and New York night crawling. Bye Bye 17 was an eye-opener to the music world, not that Tillmann wasn’t used to accolades through his former work with Sean Na Na, Gayngs, Neon Neon, and Calvin Krime. Sean had “arrived as a songwriter.”
After living in LA and NYC for 12 years, Sean moved back to Minneapolis, MN, where he is most creative. With the help of Chris Bierden (Poliça, Bye Bye 17), Ryan McMahon (Har Mar, Lizzo), Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Adele, Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash, Cat Stevens), and Ryan Olson (Poliça, Marijuana Deathsquads), Har Mar Superstar’s album Best Summer Ever was born. Best Summer Ever, since its inception, has been imagined as a “Greatest Hits of Har Mar Superstar from 1950-1985.” Tillmann was born in 1978. Wrap your head around that, please.
Invisible Boy is a solo project by Chris Bierden. Best-known as the bass player for Poliça, Bierden has also played with Vampire Hands (formerly), Heavy Deeds, Pony Trash, Har Mar Superstar, and Bones and Beeker, among numerous other local artists.
Max Timander says he’s not yet sick of articles focusing on how young he is, so let’s start there. Only a year after his high school band, Stereo Confession, cracked our 2014 Picked to Click list, the barely legal singer and guitarist brought Cherry Cola, his solo moniker, out of the shadows. It’s not every day you see a teenager with that kind of drive and passion for anything besides getting high.