Genre: punk-pop, garage rock
Superman Curl play competent punk-pop/garage-rock material
adorned with a sufficient concentration of
hooks to get you humming along, although
nothing on this EP is exceptionally
memorable. These folks have been playing
together for a long time now – in fact, they were voted one of the
best new bands of 1995 by City Pages.
As a result, they know how to write a decent
song, and their energy and technical skills are
predictably solid. With regards to this
release, energetic “Dressed to the Nines” and romp-tastic “All
Across the Nation” are particularly potent examples
of the band's formula. Meanwhile, the slower “Lovin'
Man” provides a welcome
melodic break to all the feist. Throughout these
five tracks, the singer seems really into
the proceedings, which makes it easy to buy into what the band's
preaching. As well, the production is strong, capturing the
group's energy as well as their more subtle
details – the tinny organ chimes on “Best Day,” for example.
Superman Curl's EP won't win accolades for its originality, but it
plays its part well no less. Pop this on at a party and it's certain
to liven things up.
[Vitals: 5 tracks, distributed by
released Oct 18, 2008]