Superchunk tonight. As long as it’s still the 4th of July and we’re celebrating all those things American and Independent in nature, a blast of hardcore Indie from Chapel Hill, North Carolina fills the bill out quite nicely.
Superchunk have been around a while; 28 years to be exact. And in that time they came to define the Indie scene in Chapel Hill, formed one of the most successful Indie record labels in the U.S. and have some 10 albums to their credit.
Not bad for a band one would consider on the fringes (as opposed to mainstream), who have done it pretty much all themselves. Still together all this time, although reports surfaced in 2013 that bassist/co-founder Laura Ballance had quite touring, due to a worsening hearing issue called hyperacusis. Still, they are active, doing side-projects, recording and have been touring this year.
This session, done for John Peel at BBC Radio 1 on April 14, 1992 and broadcast on May 30th of that year was their first (or two) sessions. It came just prior to their third studio album On The Mouth, which marked the debut of new Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster who replaced Chunk Garrison.
If, for some reason, you’ve been spending a lot of time listening to mainstream music and aren’t familiar with Superchunk, you might want to do yourself a favor and check them out. There are a lot of bands, both domestic and overseas, who are doing interesting things, taking calculated risks and offering an alternative to what is becoming a pretty bland landscape of pop music (IMHO). Although I wouldn’t ask you to give up your Beyoncé records, I would ask you to add Indie to your musical diet and do some exploring to the whole other world out there. Believe me, it will be worth it.
In the meantime, crank this one up and I hope you all had a reasonable and reasonably sane 4th of July. If not, there’s always next year.