There are some classic indie bands all of us take for granted, bands who've been around so long they seem like institutions. Maybe it's because they don't put out records very often anymore, and they've fallen off the what's-in blog radar, or maybe it's because some of them are more consistently excellent than they are challenging at times. They're still some of the best bands performing today, bands such as Yo La Tengo, Lambchop, Super Furry Animals, and especially, Superchunk.
Superchunk were one of the leaders of the Chapel Hill indie scene (which also spawned Archers of Loaf and Polvo) in the early '90s, fronted by Mac McCaughan (also of Portastatic), who became one of the co-founders of the wildly successful label Merge Records. Superchunk's first single, "Slack Motherfucker," was a melodic lo-fi anthem, screechy guitars, torpedo singalong chorus and all. Though they were sonically somewhere between Dinosaur Jr. and Pavement, they brought the energy of the '80s hardcore scene into the confines of indie rock clubs, investing their shows with movement without making anything close to "dance" music.
They've released eight stellar albums since, including standouts No Pocket For Kitty and Foolish, and are currently finishing up their first album in nearly a decade, Majesty Shredding (which is an apt phrase for their style, as well). They'll also be playing what are sure to be electrifying shows at Bowery Ballroom on Sept. 18, and at Music Hall of WB on Sept. 19. Tickets are available here.
Also this week:
- The National topped off a spectacular week in which High Violet was released with a benefit show at BAM, and the #3 album on the Billboard charts (albeit, in the worst week for album sales since 1991).
- Pee Wee Herman is coming to Broadway! And yes, that is rock n roll.
- So much for slacking: Pavement have added a 5th (!) NYC date, this time on Sunday September 19 at the Williamsburg Waterfront, all the better to ease into some boat shoes and a Swell Maps t-shirt, and count the water taxis going by while "Rattled by the Rush" plays. Tickets are on sale now.