Superchunk / June 24, 2007 / Brooklyn, N.Y. (McCarren Park)
For the first time last year, Brooklyn's McCarren Park Pool transformed from abandoned swimming pool into a boisterous outdoor music venue, as people crowded together inside the empty pool to drunkenlFor the first time last year, Brooklyn's McCarren Park Pool transformed from abandoned swimming pool into a boisterous outdoor music venue, as people crowded together inside the empty pool to drunkenly play dodge ball or attempt the slip-n-slide while jamming out to the likes of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Sonic Youth.
This year, McCarren Pool is once again playing host to bikini and swimming trunk-clad youth looking to catch some rays and free music, and on a bright and sunny June 24, the concert series kicked off with indie stalwarts Superchunk.
Back in the '90s, Superchunk was fundamental among the bands that helped bust Chapel Hill, N.C., onto the music scene. Although the group has laid relatively low over the past few years, playing a few sporadic shows here and there, it showed no sign that time has affected its energy onstage.
The band tore through a number of heavy hitters, starting out the set with the chugging "Driveway to Driveway" off 1994's "Foolish." Singer and guitarist Mac McCaughn's vocal delivery was infectious and impassioned straight out of the gate, and his spirit spread like a wave over the cement-bound crowd.
Midway through the set, the band previewed its latest single, "Misfits and Mistakes," which they recorded for the "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" movie. The song didn't quite pack the same heavy punch as most of the group's older material, but it nonetheless boasted a lively, hooky chorus.
Superchunk delivered its best performances on harder, sprawling songs such as "Package Thief" and the frenetic, punk-tinged "Sick To Move." By the end of the main set, the guitar heroics on "Punch Me Harder" and the classic "Slack Motherf*cker" had even the most heat or Brooklyn Lager-drained concertgoer rocking out on their feet.
For the encore, Superchunk drove it home with three more fan favorites: "Throwing Things," the high-energy spazz out "Hyper Enough" and "Precision Auto." Judging by the afternoon's performance, it's clear Superchunk has not lost its touch. Now if they'd just get busy on a new album ...
Here is Superchunk's set list:
"Driveway to Driveway"
"Animated Airplanes Over Germany"
"Misfits and Mistakes"
"Sick To Move"
"Punch Me Harder"