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Superchunk Biography

This energetic and prolific Indie-Rock band got its start in the late '80s in the small town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina USA. Members were lead singer + guitarist Mac McCaughan, guitarist Jack McCook, bassist Laura Ballance and drummer Chuck Garrison.

Since releasing their first 7-inch, "Slack Motherfucker", in 1989, Superchunk has run the gamut of milestone albums: early Punk-Rock stompers, polished mid-career masterpieces and lush, adventurous curveballs.
One year later the single appeared on the band's self-titled debut full-length album that came out on Merge Records, a label founded by McCaughan and Ballance.
Not long after the album's release, McCook left the fold and was replaced by guitarist James Wilbur.

"No Pocky For Kitty" followed in 1991, for their sophomore effort the band signed a new record deal but opted to remain with another independent label, Matador Records.
Around this time Garrison decided to leave the group and Jon Wurster was recruited to take over drum duties.
1992 saw the release of the singles compilation "Tossing Seeds: Singles 89-91".

Superchunk put out one more album for Matador, 1993's "On The Mouth" and then went on to release its own records, through Merge.

Released in April 1994, their fourth full-length disc, "Foolish", brought stylistic shifts and critical acclaim.
A second singles compilation came out in the summer of the following year; it was titled "Incidental Music" and contained most of their harder-to-find numbers: imports, b-sides and compilation tracks.

Superchunk's next offering, "Here's Where The Strings Come In", was recorded at Fort Apache Studios in Boston, was issued in September 1995 and was supported by a worldwide tour. The album, which climbed into the top 40 of the Billboard's Heatseekers chart, spun off a minor hit single with "Hyper Enough".

Two years later the Indie-Rock vets returned with "Indoor Living"; it was recorded in Indiana and they eventually stretched their skills to add new instrumentation into the mix, along with keyboards, the group's sixth studio set, revealed piano, organ vibes and a more adventurous, accessible sound.

Chicago was the setting for Superchunk's next album session; "Come Pick Me Up" was recorded at the city's Electrical Audio. They continued to expand their sound by adding horns, strings and effects. "Come Pick Me Up" was released in September 1999 and it served as part of the 10th anniversary for the band and their label, Merge Records.

For the follow-up, "Here's To Shutting Up", the band traveled to Atlanta to record the basic tracks and the finishing touches were added in their native Chapel Hill. The 10-song set quickly ascended into the top 50 of the U.S. Independent Albums chart upon its September 2001 release.

Over the next few years the band released three live albums and their third compilation of singles and rarities: "Cup Of Sand".

Superchunk resurfaced with a brand new single called "Digging For Something" which was featured on "Majesty Shredding", the band's first full album in nine years. The disc was released in September 2010 and reached #80 on The Billboard 200.

Latest News:

Superchunk will release "I Hate Music", their tenth studio album, on August 20, 2013.


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    Group shot 1993