TITLE: No Pocky for Kitty
YEAR RELEASED: 1991
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Tower, Seed Toss, Cast Iron (B-side)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Skip Steps 1 & 3
LINEUP: Mac McCaughan, Laura Ballance, Jim Wilbur, Chuck Garrison
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: North Carolina punk-indie bands solidifies their reputation and releases one of the best non-grunge punk records of the early 90’s.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: While Seattle got all of the hype, Chapel Hill had its own music scene and Superchunk (though they were loath to admit it) were the defacto leaders of it.
They were just as noisy and inspired as the groups across the country, but had a totally different vibe. Superchunk were wired tight, focused on the guitar melody in all of the racket, and letting the band contribute to the overall sound as one unit (so it seemed). Even with all of the noise and distortion, there was a definite sense of melody in the songs and riffs.
The first three tracks basically sandblast your face off with the volume and power, and then you notice the subtleties. The rest of the album follows on to a lesser extent, but there’s not a point where you want to skip a track once you get rolling into the heart of the album.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: It took three days to record with Steve Albini.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: A-: The first few tracks are so strong the rest of the record does pale a bit by comparison, but it’s still a big leap above their first album in terms of consistency.