Superchunk Mini Interview (they play ATP's End Of An Era Part 2 in November!)

Tuesday 10th September, 2013

This November we will be putting on two final UK holiday camp festivals in Camber Sands, UK under the banner The End Of An Era. The first weekend is sold out, with tickets available now for Weekend 2 curated by ATP & Loop. Tickets and more info on the event are available now from this link. See below for another in a series of mini interviews with bands playing the event. This time the legendary SUPERCHUNK have given us their answers and you can check out the track FOH from their new album here at Soundcloud.

Name Of Artist: Superchunk

Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC

Year Formed: 1989

Bio: Superchunk's I Hate Music, their tenth studio album, is out now. After taking nearly a decade off following the release of Here’s to Shutting Up, Mac, Laura, Jon, and Jim decided to shout it out again in 2010 with Majesty Shredding, an album perfectly described by its own title. It’s a celebratory set of whoa-whoa-whoas from a group so thrilled by making music together again that they can’t contain themselves.

I Hate Music is Majesty’s dark twin. It’s similarly aggressive—often moreso (see “Staying Home”)—and every bit as energetic. It reflects the joys of a life spent immersed in music (“Me & You & Jackie Mittoo,” “Trees of Barcelona”), but there’s a dark undercurrent as well. That title isn’t tongue-in-cheek, but it’s really more a question than a statement: When you’re 20, lazy co-workers and romantic missteps number among your biggest worries; two decades later, life’s bigger questions knock louder and louder, demanding answers.

I Hate Music is an album about love more than anything else: love of life, love of living, love of people, and yeah, love of music. It defies its own title so completely and diligently that it never even seems like a fair fight: There’s no pain this deep or yearning this severe without the type of love earned over a lifetime. “I hate music – what is it worth? / Can’t bring anyone back to this earth” goes the first line in “Me & You & Jackie Mittoo.” That song and its ten companions can’t relive the past or resurrect those lost, but they can keep them close enough to see and hear and celebrate. It’s dark in here, but if we conjure the right words and sounds, maybe we’ll find our way out.

Do your best to describe your sound in one sentence:

Loud rock music w punk songs.

What are the most recent activities of your band?

Recently completed our 10th album, out now, it's called I Hate Music.

How excited are you to play this event?


How do you feel about being asked to play the last ever ATP holiday camp event?

Kind of sad it's our first one and the last ever, but better late than never i guess!

Do you have a connection with the curators / an idea why you were chosen to play?

Not sure but let's not look a gift horse in the mouth.

Which of your releases do you feel ATP attendees should check out first?

Our last record, Majesty Shredding, is a good place to start.

Is there one of your tracks you think specifically represents you best?

"Digging for Something" from the last record, or maybe "Hyper Enough" from Here's Where The Strings Come In.

Are there any other currently confirmed bands you're excited about seeing?

Loop (haven't seen 'em since ULU in 1988 or something), Fennesz, Michael Rother, & Ty Segall is always great.

If you were curating, name three bands you'd want to play your event...

New Order
The Clean
Yo La Tengo

If you could pick one record release in the last year which would you recommend?

Lambchop - Mr. M

And what's the best gig you've seen in the last year? Can't narrow it down to one...

Fred Hersch Trio, Divine Fits, & The Bats were all incredible & jump to mind.