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It’s reassuring to see that Superchunk are still at it, especially since I enjoyed their 2010 “comeback” album ‘Majesty Shredding’ so much. For those in the audience who are under 30, Superchunk are an indie rock band from the ‘90s with fizzy guitars and strained vocals and a big chunky indiepop aesthetic, also notable for teaching us all a little bit about autonomy by putting out their own records (and lots of other bands too) on their own Merge Records label and rightly earning themselves a reputation as true champions of the underground.
Fast forward to 2013, then, and Mac McCaughan & co are showing their age but by no means slowing down. Drummer Jon Wurster has a gig on the side slapping skins for the Mountain Goats and their songs don’t have that same rough-and-ready, seat of your pants energy that they used to have, but what we got on ‘Majesty Shredding’, and are getting again here, is heartfelt, nostalgic power-pop which is painstakingly crafted and delivered with that same deceptive casualness they’ve always had.
There are still a couple of punk rock firecrackers on here, but they really impress when they’re leaning back on a chugging groove and knocking out perfectly formed indie tunes in those distinctive tones. It’s hard to tell if all the nostalgia vibes I’m feeling are because of all those teenage hours listening to ‘On The Mouth’ and ‘No Pocky For Kitty’ or just the wistful sentimentality of this lovely little slice of power-pop. It’s too early to say if it’s quite as good as the last one, but the fact remains that 23 years after their first LP dropped, Superchunk are still yet to make a bad album. Who else can you say that about?
7/10 Rob Gannon Customer review, 10th August 2013
"There are some downright untouchable names in the annals of rock music history and Superchunk are one of them, as integral a part of the landscape as the more obvious contenders for over two and half decades."
Read the full review here: http://www.sicmagazine.net/6287/superchunk-i-hate-music/
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