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Album Review

Another corker from the best singles band of the 1990s, "The Question Is How Fast" captures Superchunk at their most anthemic. In some respects their most traditional rock & roll song to date, it swaps the band's trademark sugar-rush frenzy for a slower, more muscular guitar riff and stadium-strength drumming, proving the increasing scope and flexibility of their basic approach. Among the two B-sides, the original "Forged It" is pure, uncut adrenaline — much more interesting is their cover of the Magnetic Fields' cult classic "100,000 Fireflies," which retains the mordant beauty of the original while boasting the energy of Superchunk's best work.


Formed: 1989 in Chapel Hill, NC

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Perhaps no band was more emblematic of the true spirit of American indie rock during the 1990s than Superchunk, the pride of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Following the D.I.Y. ethic to the letter, the bandmembers operated solely by their own rules, ignoring all passing trends by sticking to their trademark sound -- typified by the buzzing guitars and high, impassioned vocals of frontman Mac McCaughan -- and rejecting all major-label advances in favor of the unlimited freedom afforded by owning their...
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