Thursday, April 28, 2011

Superchunk/Coliseum RSD 2011 Split 7''

By Justin Schwier
Rating: 4.5/5
Merge Records/Temporary Residence Limited Records

When this split 7'' was announced for Record Store Day 2011, my mind was kind of blown at the bizarre, but incredible pairing and it easily became my #1 want. Thankfully, I was able to find a copy in my multi-store travels this year. This split is a perfect idea: completely random and out of left field – exactly the kind of thing that makes Record Store Day fun and not the, “trick people into buying re-mastered, $30+ versions of dollar bind albums” type of ploy that it becomes more and more each year.

I’m a relative newbie to the Superchunk fan camp, but I’ve fallen hard for them, especially after last year's Majesty Shredding album. On this one, they deliver a cool relatively straight up rendition of The Misfits' “Horror Business”. They rock it out a little bit towards the end to add personal flair to it, but it’s a solid cover of this classic tune from the Legacy of Brutality compilation. They did a great job making this sound perfectly lo-fi enough to match the original recordings too. All around a rad cover.

Coliseum is the highlight for me on this split. They deliver a mean, mid-tempo version of The Misfits' “Bullet”. This is a fine example of how a small tweak of the tempo can really alter a song and make it into something unexpected and great. They play down the over-the-top-ness of Danzig’s vocals and keep the heat down to a low simmer with singer/guitarist, Ryan Patterson, growling the words along and really extracting a near-Sabbath-esque sludge riff out of the guitar line. Awesome and over with far too quickly so it’s meant a lot of repeat playing of this single.

Thankfully, this came with a download card too, so I can blast these two covers all the time. The cover art is a simple design with half-toned pictures used to great effect and my copy came on a cool green (monster?) mash-colored vinyl.

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