Saturday, June 3, 2017

Up Against The Wall: New Music Is Finally Here From Superchunk!

The arrival of new music from Superchunk is always a reason to get excited. That the tunes are here to raise money for an exceptionally good cause (Planned Parenthood South Atlantic) is yet another reason to get busy and buy this now.

A-side "I Got Cut" is a gloriously crunchy bit of power-pop that suggests a punk-ier stroll through Superchunk's fairly recent nod to harDCore, "Void", and it's a superb, pointed number. The flip here is a cover of The Tom Robinson Band's "Up Against The Wall" and, like most of the covers that this lot have cranked out in the past, the band thoroughly wraps themselves around the tune in such a natural way that one could almost imagine that they wrote it themselves. Excellent!

There are limited numbers of vinyl copies of "I Got Cut"/"Up Against The Wall" but more details can be found via Merge Records. You can also buy the tracks via the Bandcamp link below. Additionally, 20 copies of the single will be available via Paddle8 beginning on June 15. A whole slew of artists (Amanda Barr, Trudy Benson, Brian Calvin, Christopher Chiappa, Casey Cook, Mira Dancy, Amy Feldman, Magalie Guerin, Harrison Haynes, Shara Hughes, Chris Johanson, Emma Kohlmann, Joyce Pensato, Melanie Schiff, Rebecca Shore, Amy Sillman, Xaviera Simmons, Cauleen Smith, Caroline Wells Chandler and Molly Zuckerman-Hartung) contributed original designs to these versions and you'd be wise to act fast as bidding closes on June 29.

More details on Superchunk's activities this summer via Merge Records.

[Photo: Jason Arthurs]