Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Digging for Something” by Superchunk from the yet to be released Majesty Shredding on Merge.
Superchunk hasn’t made a record since 2001’s Here’s to Shutting Up which capped more than a decade worth of consistently good albums. The do-it-yourself sweethearts of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, always the pioneers with their screeching indie rock sound, are reinstating their presence via frontman Mac McCaughan and bassist Laura Ballance’s highly successful independent label, Merge.
“Digging for Something” is the first single off Majesty Shredding, their ninth album overall (due September 14), and features McCaughan’s youthful vocals tearing through the noise, screeching guitars, and mangled noise. Doubtless, the sound is cleaner but straddles the line between revisiting an old sound and creating something new. The song is designed to pump you up — just as long as you crank up the volume.
Superchunk will be touring this fall. They’ll be at the Showbox on October 14 with Teenage Fanclub and Telekinesis — talk about an indiepop dream bill! — and more dates can be found on the band’s website, where you also can find this video footage of Superchunk in the studio with producer Scott Solter recording Majesty Shredding: