Issue September 8, 2010

Majesty Shredding

Superchunk
MERGE

The history of their record label now documented, Laura Ballance and Mac MacCaughan get back to what they do even better than accounting: rocking out. Mac is at his nasally, juvenile best on this pop magnum, while Ballance beats low end into submission and takes front seat on “Digging For Something.” It’s a carnival here, with MacCaughan and guitarist Jim Wilbur rendering a power bar of power chords with equal parts teenage exuberance and abandon. On the eve of a couple of their own reissues, No Pocky For Kitty and On The Mouth, that Superchunk is keeping the new material flowing is a boon for aging indie punkers everywhere. Looking backward can be a trap — keep your mind on the next record.