Fresh Picks: Supernothing.
The London based Supernothing have been in the Punk-Rock game since 2012 and as of August this year have released their first full-length. The band’s collective sound sits somewhere between classic English Punk-Rock and Ska Music and the later “crack rock steady” bands such as Choking Victim, Leftover Crack and their ilk. Supernothing also take clear cues from both Operation Ivy, Rancid and arguably more pop-orientated band such as Reel Big Fish and Less Than Jake with the all-important English-accents standing tall as that crucial difference.
The band capture the early raw approach to both Punk and Ska-Punk while still sounding enough like a product of their more melodic surroundings. 2012 saw their debut EP Turn Up The Radio boasts this rough and ready formula that laid down who the band wanted to be but wasn’t quite there. Fast forward to 2015 and with the humourous Six Simple Steps To Superhooliganism the band’s intelligent class-conscious songwriting takes a less serious approach in a split with Hooligan Collective which you can find – Here.
The band’s debut full-length was released in August of this year compiled of eleven tracks of DIY written, recorded and mixed UK Ska-affiliated Punk-Rock in a still rough, ready and gritty formula that continues the path previously laid out but stronger and more (so to speak) mature.
Black and Blue, Thrills and Spills is a fun album. The band may have all the tempo and driven aggressive rhythms but the delivery is all about wit, smiling faces and erratic dancing and ‘Bad Blood’ is the tongue-cheek political rant. Ska-Punk for me personally is one of the more precarious Punk sub-genres as it often finds it difficult to balance that bleak Punk-world-view with its tendency as a musical style to be as fun and lighthearted as possible.
Supernothing however, for the most part avoid this and instead capture the raw honesty of Operation Ivy and their ilk. Supernothing have the flirtatious Ska twang, the upbeat breakneck drums and the sing-a-longs but they also have their conviction and seriousness checked, balanced and present.
Supernothing are on the up and so is the national scene they inhabit in these uncertain times. You should probably go and see what it’s all about.
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