By Alex HudsonIf all of those reissues haven't quite satisfied your hunger for more material from Superchunk then you'll be pleased to know that the long-running act are prepping a seven-inch. "This Summer" is coming out through Merge Records and will arrive on June 12.
The song comes backed with another summer-themed number: a cover of Bananarama's "Cruel Summer." The seven-inch is limited to 1,300 hand-numbered copies (all on white vinyl) and comes with a code for a digital download of an acoustic demo of "This Summer."
The studio sessions were produced by Scott Solter, who also helped to produce Superchunk's most recent album, 2010's Majesty Shredding. You can pre-order a copy here.
We'll leave you with this statement from the band's Mac McCaughan:
I like "summer" songs. They could be about the actual season, or just be songs listened to most while doing things you do during the summer -- taking a road trip, going to the coast, sitting outside on the roof or the porch or the beach or wherever. And actually, maybe most of those songs were written during the winter or the spring by someone somewhere cold who was looking forward to summer (because for one thing, if you want a song to come out during the summer, please note that you have to make it long before then).
And since a new Superchunk album is a ways off, we thought a summer-themed single was at least pitching in a little bit for 2012. "This Summer" is about all the things listed above plus some ritual wiping-the-slate-type energy. Coming up with a B-side didn't take long. Luckily for fans of Seals & Crofts, Nancy and Lee, Spent, Carole King, and the 3Ds, their "summer" songs were spared. Bananarama, here we come!
If you get the "demo" version of "This Summer," it's one of many demos for this song. The very first one was actually all electric and sounds a little too close to the studio version to be worth hearing. I had to do a bunch of quiet ones to get the structure right; this is one of those.