Friday, September 17, 2010

Superchunk rock the Nasher lawn to kick off 'Majesty Shredding' tour

All photos by Kevin Norris
Veteran rockers Superchunk launched their new tour in support of their new album Majesty Shredding Thursday night on the lawn of the Nasher Museum of Art in Durham.

With their amps cranked to eleven, the quartet offered up a set spanning their entire career. As always, the set was unpredictable, including such classic rarities as "Shallow End," "Let It Go" and "Song For Marion Brown."

The Majesty Shredding songs were easily highlights of the set which included the live premiere of "My Gap Feels Weird." The downtempo number "Fractures In Plaster" and the light pop of "Rosemarie" were nice breaks in the set allowing the ears to recover from the onslaught of roaring guitars.

It wasn't a big surprise, but was still quite excellent to see John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats reprise his backing vocals featured on the recording of the hook-laden tune "Digging For Something." What was a surprise, is that he was shortly followed by a three-piece horn section who finished out the song and stuck around to play on the Indoor Living song "Pink Clouds."

The main set was closed with the epic "Everything At Once," then the band briefly left the stage before returning to play "Like a Fool," the classic "Slack Motherfucker" and then a real surprise, their cover of The Magnetic Fields song "100,000 Fireflies." The song had a few kinks, but sounded great. The evening ended with the fury of "Precision Auto."

After kicking off their with their hometown crowd, Superchunk will now take their music on the road for the next month or so and be prepared, because they are back with a vengeance (even though they really never went anywhere). Also, be sure to tune in to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Monday night, Sept. 20, to see the band make their first TV appearance since 1994.

Set list
So Convinced
Water Wings
Crossed Wires
My Gap Feels Weird
Song For Marion Brown
Watery Hands
Let It Go
Fractures In Plaster
Shallow End
Punch Me Harder
Digging For Something
Pink Clouds
Hyper Enough
Everything At Once
Like a Fool
Slack Motherfucker
100,000 Fireflies
Precision Auto

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