Superchunk "Digging For Something" Album Art

When I asked Superchunk’s Jon Wurster about Majesty Shredding for the band’s Progress Report, he said he was most looking forward to having people hear “Digging For Something,” which he called a “pop gem.” The band had played it live a few times, but it had to undergo some reworking so it wouldn’t have the same chord progressions as the Magnetic Fields track “100,000 Fireflies.” Now that we get to hear it, it really just sounds like chirpy, energetic power pop (so, totally like Superchunk). John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats) provides backing vocals here, but he mostly blends in with the harmonies.

Merge released this short clip of the band working in the studio. Watch Mac McCaughan record some falsetto:

Majesty Shredding is out 9/14 via Merge. The “Digging for Something” / “February Punk” limited edition 7-inch is out 7/13. Though Wurster doubted the band would ever tour again, they’ve got a handful of non-festival shows right around the album’s release date, as well as a visit to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon:

06/19 – Denver, CO @ Westword Music Festival
06/20 – Chicago, IL @ Taste of Randolph Street Festival w/The Love Language
07/24 – Omaha, NE @ MAHA Music Festival
09/17 – Washington DC @ 930 Club
09/18 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
09/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
09/20 – New York, NY @ Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
09/21 – Boston, MA @ Royale
09/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
10/13 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Venue Nightclub
10/14 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
10/15 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
10/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Music Box at Fonda

Comments (6)
  1. I really hate to be a stickler, but there’s only about one falsetto note in that whole thing. I know, slap me now.

  2. “Digging for Something” sounds neatly promising.

    Superchunk still sounds so fresh. If they started their career today making albums like ‘Come Pick Me Up’ they would be the biggest band on the blogsphere. If anyone reading this doesn’t know who Superchunk is, and thinks the sounds in this post are interesting in any way, you need to go educate your self on the great music of Superchunk. It will not disapoint you.

  3. Hate to say this about a band I admire BUT, keep digging! This is pretty weak and the slick production does even more to point out the song’s short comings. I’m listening to “Watery Hands” now to purge this from my head. This sounds more like that Drake guy from Disney Channels “Drake & Josh” sit-com than the Superchunk I know. Sorry guys!

  4. hey, what is that sweet jam playing at the beginning of that video?
    on another note, ‘digging for something’ will be the feel good hit of the fall.

  5. I love this band long time. For people just getting into Superchunk, The Creators Of Indie (praise be unto them), get “Here’s Where the Strings Come In” from 1995. At the time, it got lost amongst the grunge, but I think it’s the most underrated indie/alt/collegerock record ever. Together with the aforementioned “Come Pick Me Up,” you get both sides to Superchunk — the loud-fast-guitars of early ‘chunk and the more expansive post-pop of the later stuff.

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