Majesty Shredding lands a full nine years since Superchunk last riffed out in that inimitable rough yet melodic way of theirs on Here’s to Shutting Up. In the meantime, band members Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance managed a roster of great and good indie artists on their influential label, Merge – so it’s not like they haven’t been busy. What’s changed for the hard-rockin’ power-punk group in nine years? Not much is the short answer. All the familiar ingredients that endear them to their cult fanbase are present and correct on Majesty Shredding.
You want to hear some exciting take-no-prisoner riffola that gives your goose-bumps goose-bumps? They’re straight out of the traps on the embarrassingly great opener ‘Digging For Something’. What about bruising rhythms with enough energy to power a small town? Check out ‘Slow Drip’, which comes on so hard it’ll leave the dazed listener seeing birdies. While some might bemoan this ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it approach’, it’s hard to imagine a viable way in which Superchunk could tweak their formula and remain true to themselves. They are, purely and simply, a garage band at heart. And with Majesty Shredding they’ve undoubtedly treated us to the garage band album of the year so far.