Back in my formative days, the 90’s, I was hardly hip enough to distinguish between the unassociated groups who used “super” as part of their band name. Superchunk. Superdrag. Super Fury Animals. Supergrass. Now in my declining years, I now know that each have their merits, but Superchunk is the class of the group. Whether influencing with its music or with its label, Merge, the North Carolina outfit is either a beloved favorite for you or an untapped resource for terrific early-90’s jams.
Or 2010 jamz? Let’s hope! Superchunk will release its first album of new material in nine years on September 14th on Merge (duh!). The album was produced by Scott Solter, whose credits include working with The Mountain Goats, St. Vincent, Okkervil River, and Spoon. The connection to fellow Carolina inhabitant John Darnielle and The Mountain Goats goes deeper than sharing collaborators, however, as Darnielle will provide some backing vocals on the album, titled Majesty Shredding. The tracklisting is below. And though Superchunk isn’t necessarily known as a touring machine, the band does have a few upcoming dates. Here’s to hoping for a few more.
Tickets for select dates are available via Ticketmaster.com.
Majesty Shredding Tracklist:
01. Digging for Something
02. My Gap Feels Weird
04. Crossed Wires
05. Slow Drip
06. Fractures in Plaster
07. Learned to Surf
08. Winter Games
09. Rope Light
10. Hot Tubes
11. Everything at Once
Superchunk 2010 Tour Dates:
06/19 – Denver, CO @ Westword Festival
06/20 – Chicago , IL @ Taste of Randolph Street Festival
07/24 – Omaha, NE @ Maha Music Festival
09/17 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
09/18 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
09/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
09/21 – Boston, MA @ Royale
09/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero