At long last, indie rock indelibles Superchunk have finally put out a new EP, their first release of new material since 2001’s excellent Here’s to Shutting Up. Well, “Misfits & Mistakes” was previously released as a vinyl-only single… but three brand new songs (especially three as good as these) are more than enough reason to celebrate.
“Learned to Surf”, the triumphant lead track, has been put on repeat a few times over the past couple weeks. With its soaring vocals and two tangled up, absurdly catchy guitar parts, Superchunk decisively silence anyone who may have been wondering if they were still capable of writing songs that demand to be played while speeding down the highway, windows rolled down and volume cranked up. And they ride that wave for the duration of Leaves in the Gutter.