An abstract painter, a disco dancing sociologist, a bloke who lives on a houseboat and guitarist form a band. No, it’s not the start of a joke, although there are plenty of laughs and a fair bit of goofing around involved.
It’s the story of SuperGlu., the band from Manningtree in Essex who have been rapidly shaping up to be one of the most exciting forces in British guitar music. The music, often fast and furious, is informed by the couldn’t-give-a-shit attitude of punk, but at the same time never shies away from seriously generous dollops of pop catchiness, although never with the interesting knots and gnarly bits smoothed down or ironed out.
Their songs are mysterious creatures with a succession of one note titles. Is ‘Oil’ about aggressive Western military interests in the Middle East, or an ode to a broken down motorbike? Is ‘Diving Bell’ about a piece of equipment for sub-aqua exploration or an expression of the dark recess of the human mind? Or both? You’ll have to find out for yourself.