90’s Indie rockers Superchunk return with first new material in 9 years.
Superchunk – Majesty Shredding
Superchunk have crafted a seriously fun record with Majestry Shredding! It’s chock packed with rampant rolicking rockers that are both full of energy and so very easy to sing all day. They manage to deftly toe the line between indie and pop-punk here, employing rocky guitar tones that really brings their melody making skills to the fore without straying too far from their pop ethics.
The high pitch vocals are somehow not annoying and their quirky lyrics such as “We laughed when the sinking pedalboats”, “Oh, my gap feels wierd” are enough to raised a few smiles. Its when these lyrics are merged with yet another superb melody and jovial vocal harmonies of the “Oh..Oh..Oh…” variety, Majesty Shredding shows its true strengths. This is showcased so perfectly on opener “Digging For Something”, pop mastepiece “My Gap Feels Wierd”, rampaging “Crossed Wires” and the fuzzy laid back melodies of “Fractures In Plasters”.
Amazingly Supechunk have maintained an incessant tempo and infectious immediacy throughout the course of record, with barley a duff song. An impressive album which blows alot of their peers into next tuesday!
Mr Flowers Says:
Digging For Something kicks the album off flush with pop melodies and with an “oh oh oh” chorus that makes it seem like they’ve hardly been away. Followed by the playful My Gap Feels Weird, you come to realise that this band still sounds youthful despite the intervening years.
Rosemarie is a slightly slower number but it’s chugging chorus is cool and there’s nice guitar bits dotted around the album, especially on Slow Drip, Learned To Surf and the closing Everything at Once. The pace of the album rarely relents, perhaps at it’s slowest on 5-minuter, Fractures in Plaster where, fittingly, the strings come in with good effect.
It’s classic Superchunk, full of good songs and while they might not reach the immediacy of tracks from previous discs like Skip Step 1 & 3, Phone Sex or Royal Fisticuffs, it’s perhaps one of their more consistent records and a welcome return for an evergreen band.
DoesItRock Overall Score: 8.5/10
Listen to Superchunk – Majesty Shredding now on Spotify!