Superchunk is an American indie rock band, from Chapel Hill, North Carolina consisting of Mac McCaughan (Guitar), Laura Ballance (Bass), Jim Wilbur (Guitar) and Jon Wurster (Drums). They are known for their high-energy style and frontman Mac McCaughan's enthusiastic vocals. Their punk influences show both in their music and the do-it-yourself way in which they have managed their career.
They were formed in 1989 by McCaughan (guitar, vocals), Laura Ballance (bass), Chuck Garrison (drums) and Jack McCook (guitar). They were originally named Chunk, but added the "Super" to avoid being confused with with a similarly named jazz band from New York.
McCaughan and Ballance founded their own record label, Merge Records, to release their first official single, 1989's Slack Motherfucker
. After their first album, 1990's Superchunk
, released on Matador Records, McCook left the band, and Jim Wilbur was brought in on guitar duties. Before the release of their sophomore breakthrough No Pocky For Kitty
, Garrison left and was replaced by Jon Wurster.
Despite their growing popularity, the band continued to stay with Matador until the release of Foolish
in 1994, which saw them return to Merge. Every album since then has been on Merge, including 2010's critically well received post-hiatus albums Majesty Shredding
and 2013's I Hate Music
- Superchunk (1990)
- No Pocky for Kitty (1991)
- On the Mouth (1993)
- Foolish (1994)
- Here's Where the Strings Come In (1995)
- Indoor Living (1997)
- Come Pick Me Up (1999)
- Here's to Shutting Up (2001)
- Majesty Shredding (2010)
- I Hate Music (2013)
- Cover Version - The Cure's "In Between Days", Sebadoh's "It's So Hard To Fall In Love" and "Brand New Love", The Shangri-La's "Say My Name", and perhaps most surprisingly Destinys Child's "Say My Name".
- Creator Breakdown: Foolish an album featuring lyrics inspired by Mac and Laura breaking up.
- Doing It for the Art: When faced with signing to a major label, they've chosen to stay on Merge, the label Mac and Laura founded to initially release singles, but then used to keep creative control, and eventually Merge grew so much in Indie-esteem that artists like Neutral Milk Hotel and Arcade Fire joined because of the label's pedigree.
- The Other Darrin: For the 2013 tour, Laura was replaced live with Jason Narducy due to her worsening hyperacusis.
- The Smurfette Principle: Laura.
- Surreal Music Video: Parodied with the video for "Watery Hands" - The concept is that the band had their video directed by a pair of directors known for this approach, but they insisted on a straightforward Performance Video where the band play in front of a solid color backdrop... What they got was a video full of gratuitous Chroma Key added after the fact.
- Working with the Ex: Mac and Laura, who both are in the band and operate Merge.