“Time and transition is a wave that’ll put you over,” Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan avers on “My Gap Feels Weird,” one of eleven sparkling new songs on Majesty Shredding, the band’s first LP in nine years. Who could doubt him? It’s Superchunk’s fall, more or less, though as Jessica Hopper writes in this week’s Voice, “don’t call it a comeback.” And it isn’t one, not just because Superchunk never left, but because they never squandered their ample indie world goodwill, never did anything they had to apologize for, except maybe stop releasing great records every couple of years. It’s been fun finding out how many people still adore them in 2010, and their two sold-out shows this weekend in NYC (at the Bowery Ballroom and the Music Hall of Williamsburg) are a testament to that fact. Luckily, they’re also doing a free in-store at Other Music on Sunday–no need for tickets there, though you’ll probably want to be in line before 1pm, when the whole thing starts. Hoping for a John Darnielle cameo somewhere in there, since he sings on the new record; the Mountain Goats frontman also stars as an unlikely dentist in the band’s new “Digging For Something” video, right here:
Merge is also holding a contest by way of giving away tickets for the band’s appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Monday. You too could be one of those tattooed enthusiasts who dance awkwardly behind the band while they play on national television!
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 16, 2010