Superbus (/suˈpərbᵻs/; soo-PER-bus) is a five-piece French pop/rock band formed in 1999 with Jenn Ayache on lead vocals. The band's name is from the Latin word superbus, meaning proud, which Ayache stumbled upon while browsing through a Latin dictionary. The band has released five studio albums to date and a compilation album.
After a trip to the United States to perfect her English in 1999, Jennifer Ayache looked for musicians to form a group. She met Michel Giovannetti, a guitarist, and François Even, a bass guitarist, who already knew each other from another group, and formed a new band, initially as a three-piece before two other members joined.
Those two were later replaced by Guillaume Rousé on drums and Patrice Focone on guitar. Rousé left the band in 2005 and was replaced by Greg Jacks.
In 2002, Superbus released its first album, Aéromusical. The band's second album, Pop'n'gum, released in 2004, was produced by David Salsedo from Silmarils. In 2006, Superbus won the Best French Act award at the MTV Europe Music Awards and, in 2008, the NRJ Music Award of the Best French Music Band.
After three months of touring during summer 2010, the band announced a short break, during which each member would work on solo projects. In August 2011, the band's lead guitarist, Patrice Focone, announced they would begin work on new material together in early September. In April 2012, Jenn announced the band is finalizing the mixing of their new album and will go on tour later in 2012. They premiered a new single in June entitled "All Alone" and released a music video for it shortly after with a follow-up single entitled "A la chaine". Yet a third single "Whisper" featured Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi. A music video for the single was released on Halloween 2012. In early November, 2012, the band began to embark on their Sunset Tour from late 2012 to summer 2013 to promote their album Sunset.
In October 2015, Superbus released a non-single song called "Un Autre Monde" for an album featuring various artists called the Téléphone Tribute.
In 2016, Superbus started teasing for a new album on their Facebook page. The title of the album is currently unknown, but release is expected to be in or around summer 2016.
The first single off the album is called "Strong and Beautiful," which Superbus released a lyrics video for on March 4, 2016.
Jennifer Ayache, a.k.a. Jenn - singer/songwriter
Patrice Focone, a.k.a. Pat - guitar, backing vocals
Michel Giovannetti, a.k.a. Mitch - guitar
François Even, a.k.a. Küntz - bass, backing vocals
Jocelyn Moze - drums
Guillaume Rousé, a.k.a. Rouséman - drums
Greg Jacks - drums
Band members have been known to have their side solo projects.
The lead vocalist Jennifer Ayache, also known as Jenn Ayache was born in Cannes on 9 November 1983. She is the daughter of Jean-Pierre Ayache and Chantal Lauby, the latter a member of the comedy group Les Nuls. Vocalist Jenn Ayache is also a multi-instrumentalist playing the drums, guitar and piano.
She met guitarist Michel Giovannetti co-founding the band in October 1999. A successful songwriter, she has written songs for a number of artists including "Comment faire" for David Hallyday and for musical comedies Scooby-Doo et les Pirates Fantômes (2009) in the song "Aero Toto" and for Kamel Ouali's musical Dracula – L'amour plus fort que la mort (2010) in the song "1, 2, 3" performed by Anaïs Delva, and the debut single from the play, plus "Encore" and "Appelle le docteur". She also wrote the play's She was in album Satellite in 2004 under the pseudonyme Marie Janin and sang with Marc Lavoine the song "Désolé". She offered the song "Tu te fous de nous" originally titled "Dansez" to Christophe Willem for the album Caféine in 2009. In January 2010, she was part of the charity song "Un Geste pour Haïti chérie". She has been in the audiovisual production La cité de la peur (1994), and in a TV film Telle mère telle fille (1998) playing the role of Rebecca.
In October 2014, she released her solo album +001 that charted in France and Belgium.
In popular culture
Their song "Lola" is the main theme song of the Greek TV series that has the same name (Λολα), inspired by the original Argentine series Lalola.
"Radio Song" off of their second album Pop'n'gum was featured in the video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock as an unlockable bonus song.
"Butterfly" is featured in the soundtrack of the video game FIFA 08.