Superdrag? Not a drag, even in demos
One show down, six to go. The original four members of Superdrag kicked off their mini reunion tour this past weekend in Nashville, and from what I've read, it was an electric evening that one attendee wrote was "the best damn superdrag show i've been to. no, it was the best damn rock show i've ever been to."
I would love to see these guys live but since I can't, the "rocking in the unfinished-basement" vibe of this new double album helps ease the sting. Superdrag will be self-releasing a limited pressing of their new collection of old demos called 4-Track Rock !!! 1992-1995 + Complete 'Bender" Sessions that will only be for sale at the upcoming shows.
I've gotten to spin this whole opus a few times now and even though it is rough in places, it's still diamonds in the dirt, baby. These songs were all recorded between 1992-1995, which would predate any of their formal releases. Many of these songs showed up on their first EP (The Fabulous 8 Track Sounds of Superdrag, 1995), or first full-length (Regretfully Yours, 1996).
But these demos trace an interesting evolution, sometimes with more than one version of the same song from different years -- the full-on Weezeresque "Six-Eight" is showcased both as acoustic and fuzzy-screaming electric. The demos preserve all of the young, explosive, roughhewn punk-pop glory of Superdrag.
Six-Eight (Bender sessions demo) - Superdrag
[finished version was on their first EP]
Pine Away (1-17-94) - Superdrag
[would later appear on their underrated masterwork Head Trip In Every Key]
Sucked Out (demo, 10-22-95) - Superdrag
[liner notes indicate that this early version of their one and only radio/MTV 'Buzz Bin' hit was recorded at "1030 Eleanor St., Apt A, Knoxville, TN 37917"]
In keeping with the source and era of these demos, the album has cool cassette-influenced packaging, which makes me like it even more. The outer cover shows one of those zippered foam cases that we'd all tote around our cassettes in; just call it the original iPod.
REMAINING SUPERDRAG SHOWS
October 13 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
October 19 - Knoxville, TN @ Barley's Taproom (added!)
October 20 - Knoxville, TN @ Barley's Taproom
November 02 - New York, NY @ The "Fillmore"
November 03 - Boston, MA @ Paradise
November 08 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club