|All photos by Kevin Norris|
The band kicked things off with "Throwing Things" and rolled through a number of songs from their latest album Majesty Shredding. The giant disco ball of The Flaming Lips hung over guitarist Jim Wilbur, adding a little humor to the band's usual simple style.
Mac McCaughan noted that the band rarely ever plays Raleigh, but reminisced about seeing shows at former Raleigh venues The Brewery and the Fallout Shelter.
As the set winded down after about an hour, McCaughan asked if they could fit in three songs in ten minutes. After a roar from the crowd, they closed with three classics, "Slack Motherfucker," "Cast Iron" and "Hyper Enough."
Earlier in the afternoon, Indiana band Dreams of the Ghetto got things started in City Plaza. The band, who replaced locals The Light Pines on the bill a month before the show, rocked through a short set of U2-esque pop rock that seemed like it would fit better at CityFest going on over at the amphitheater rather than with the Fearless Freaks in the plaza.
Superchunk set list
My Gap Feel Weird
Skip Steps 1 & 3
Digging For Something
Driveway to Driveway
Learned to Surf
Dreamers of the Ghetto