This Summer 7''
Rating: 7.5 horse jackets out of 10
Superchunk might be busy running a successful label, but lucky for us fans they still give us a few nibbles and tidbits to sate our thirst for new music by them. The a-side is the title track "This Summer" - it sounds like it would have fit right in on their last record "Majesty Shredding," a record where they looked back to their punker days but still kept plenty of pop sheen. As an added bonus, the song leans heavily on handclaps when it kicks off, and everyone knows songs with handclaps are awesome.
The b-side is a cover of Bananarama's "Cruel Summer," probably chosen just because the name fit so well with the title track. You'd actually probably think it was another new Superchunk song until they get to the chorus, as this is not a note for note remake. This may not really stick like their classic covers - "100,000 Fireflies" by Magnetic Fields or "Brand New Love" by Sebadoh for example - but it's an interesting lark.