This dub-sampling indie ripper is an ode to the anticipation before the party.
Image by Jono White
Unerringly, the best bits of a night out are always the parts that shouldn't actually be that fun, like getting ready, or drinking in your flat, or, inevitably and especially, travelling to wherever you're going – anticipation fizzing over like a shaken-up tinny – and acting like a div on public transport. So it's excellent news that someone has had the good sense to honour the noble, under-recognised ritual of getting the bus to the party in a music video: I give you indie flag-bearers and my fellow London-dwelling Brummies, Superfood, whose new single and "Unstoppable," along with an accompanying clip, premieres today on Noisey.
Due to drop their second album Bambino this Friday (September 8), the band originate from the musical explosion that was Birmingham's early 2010's B-Town scene, also responsible for bands like Swim Deep and Peace. How did coming up as a part of that affect them as a band?
"It was a huge crew going out to the same clubs every weekend and all making music and inspiring each other to a certain extent. I think when we were in Birmingham we were just rushing to make songs so we could play them at shows and get out of Brum to tour," frontman Dom tells me. "Now when we start to write songs it comes from a very different place and I think we want it to serve a different purpose. Things have really changed for us from those days but it was where we cut our teeth, being nutters with our mates, and wouldn't swap it for anything."
This said, though they clearly haven't forgotten their roots, there's no escaping the fact Superfood's their current sound, as showcased all over Bambino, is pretty far removed from B-Town's spacey indie hallmarks. "Unstoppable" is much more upright and straightforward than any of that, and that's certainly to its credit. Inspired by a time when Dom "was going through a shitty breakup, had just moved to London and decided the best solution was to go out six nights a week trawling round Hackney to any place with anyone who was up for getting fucked," it's relatable, rowdy and percussive. It doesn't hurt that it's also carried along by a gem of a dub sample, which, however impossibly, manages to sound exactly how drinking cans and doing gak off a bank card at 11pm on a Saturday feels.
"The sample is from a track called "Java" by Prince Buster," Dom tells me. "There's a whole tone that sampling brings to music that you can't re-create in the studio, the air and microphones in that room 40 or 50 years ago add something to your tracks that it's difficult not to want to do it all the time."
It's not the only sample that the band have used over the course of the new album, and their experimentation with different sounds means that, at times, Bambino pushes the boundaries of their 'indie' classification. "Theres a lot of sampling throughout the record whether its just spoken word bits from YouTube or drum breaks," Dom notes. "It's been something that we've really enjoyed playing with and given us freedom to explore where we want to head."
That freedom is abundantly tangible. "Unstoppable," for example, "was definitely a track [they] wrote for DJs and radio to play out," and sees them "trying to conjure up [their] best UK Garage interpretation in some weird way," though Dom adds that "each track plays a different role throughout" Bambino as a whole. And if cultural domination is what Superfood had in mind for "Unstoppable," they've given it a pretty good shot: infectiously energetic and melodically irresistible, it's not only an excellent teaser before the album's release on Friday, but more importantly, it's also a hymn for sesh gremlins on buses the country over. In the name of spilt beer, and of the shit drugs, and of the number 9 bus from Quinton to Birmingham city centre, Amen. Hear it and watch the video below:
Superfood are on tour in the UK and Ireland throughout October and November:
Oct 4 | The Louisiana, Bristol, UK
Oct 5 | The Joiners, Southampton, UK
Oct 6 | The Garage, London, UK
Oct 7 | Sound Control @ Neighbourhood Festival, Manchester, UK
Oct 9 | Think Tank, Newcastle, UK
Oct 10 | King Tuts, Glasgow, UK
Oct 11 | Mama Roux's, Birmingham, UK
Oct 12 | Bodega, Nottingham, UK
Oct 13 | Dryden Street Social, Leicester, UK
w/ Wolf Alice
Nov 8 | O2 Academy, Bristol, UK
Nov 9 | O2 Apollo, Manchester, UK
Nov 11 | Barrowlands, Glasgow, UK
Nov 12 | Barrowlands, Glasgow, UK
Nov 13 | O2 Academy, Newcastle, UK
Nov 15 | Rock City, Nottingham, UK
Nov 16 | O2 Academy, Birmingham, UK
Nov 17 | UEA, Norwich, UK
Nov 18 | O2 Academy, Leeds, UK
Nov 20 | Dome, Brighton, UK
Nov 21 | O2 Guildhall, Southampton, UK
Nov 24 | Alexandra Palace, London, UK
Nov 27 | Ulster Hall, Belfast, UK
Nov 28 | Olympia, Dublin, IE
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