SUPERS Mystery On Pop Mountain (Dame/Tri-Pop)
Tuesday April 23, 2002 @ 03:00
The pedal steel guitar that greets you on the opening bars of leadoff
track "Get Here Soon" are exactly what you wouldnt
expect from a new Supers record. After the hook-happy, sugary power
pop of their debut album, Spklanng!, it was easy to pigeonhole this
Toronto foursome into a neatly defined box Pop music. Obvious
influences: The Beatles, Big Star, Sloan. File under "S."
End of story, right? Well, it seems the band had you just where they
wanted you. Mystery On Pop Mountain is an easygoing, laid-back, acoustic
country record thats more akin to Blue Rodeos Five Days
In July than Sloans Twice Removed. With an upright bass providing
the rhythm section, The Supers run through some old songs and new,
while adding in two covers to keep you on your toes (yes, that IS
a twangy version of 80s retro staple, "Take On Me"
by A-ha). Spklaang! had a bit of a goofy, light-hearted vibe to it,
so its nice to see that The Supers can also record heart-aching
numbers like "Terminal" and "Only You" that continue
to show new layers within the band.