Still Digging, After All These Years

07/21/2010 4:04 AM |

Digging For Something 7″
(Merge Records)

The first single from Superchunk’s forthcoming ninth album, Majesty Shredding, comes in the form of a 1,000-run limited edition 7″ hand-numbered on multi-colored vinyl. “Digging for Something,” which features backing vocals by The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle, is classic Superchunk: a spirited, hook-laden romp with impressive guitar interplay, rolling, attention-grabbing drums and a chorus that will inspire nearly as much impassioned pogoing as their early material. B-side “February Punk” is a non-album track that has them sounding a bit more unhinged: the guitars squeal just a little more than usual, the drums dive confidently into double-time territory. It would be tempting to saddle Superchunk with the subtly damning “important band” label if they didn’t continue making some of the most consistently enjoyable and liberating indie-rock around.