A big, bright, bratty clusterbomb of sound, Superchunk's sophomore effort is a hot white streak that never dissipates and never relents. To listen to it now is to hear indie rock inventing itself: the band brazenly borrows the speed-racing, sludge-laden riffs of the SST era, but uses them to power songs that are ruthlessly melodic, crowned with Mac McCaughan's proudly imperfect yawp. The group is consistently defiant — "You think you see everything with those glasses," taunts McCaughan in "Cast Iron" — and as the record evolves it becomes clear that No Pocky is serving two purposes. It's an appropriation of punk for the bored and overeducated, a shift from simply thinking nothing matters to the anger and helplessness that comes when you realize why. More than that, though, No Pocky is a testament to the power of youth, revved-up and rambunctious — proud of its imperfections, brash enough to exploit them once more, with feeling.
By Andrew Parks on 11.06.14 in News
Bloodshot Records have shared another song from While No One Was Looking, a compilation of catalog-skimming covers that celebrates the label's twentieth anniversary. Due out November 18, it features everyone from Diarrhe...
By Wondering Sound Staff on 10.30.14 in Features
Garth from 'Wayne's World', the Ghostbusters and Maverick from 'Top Gun' as played by musicians for Halloween.
By Andrew Parks on 10.16.14 in News
As much as Numero Group has expanded its soul-centric catalog to include everything from slowcore to stoner rock to New Age, no one could predict the massive box set Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster announced today. Due ou...
By Eric Ducker on 09.29.14 in Features
"We figure, if people like rock 'n' roll music, they'll like this, 'cause it says 'rock 'n' roll' on it."