Superdrag: John Davis (vocals, guitars, piano, organ, Mellotron); Brandon Fisher (guitars, background vocals); Tom Pappas (bass, background vocals); Don Coffey, Jr. (drums, background vocals).
Recorded at Easley Recording, Memphis, Tennessee and RPM Studio, New York, New York.
Personnel: John Davis (vocals, guitar, piano, organ, Mellotron); Tom Pappas (background vocals).
Recording information: Easley Recording, Memphis, TN; RPM Studio, New York, NY.
Photographer: Ken Schles.
On REGRETFULLY YOURS, its first full-length album, Superdrag refines pop to its very essence and then adds a few dreamy layers of guitars. The result is an album of quality pop songs that hark back to such forebears as the Beatles and the Jam while asserting a post-punk heritage; the melodious feedback atop these songs is a love note to Husker Du and My Bloody Valentine.
"Cynicality" is typical of Superdrag's melding of bubblegum pop with indie-rock experimentation. It begins with a thick layer of fuzzy guitars, but proceeds to a chorus driven by '60s-style handclaps. The key to Superdrag's music is the song beneath the noise. In direct contrast to a lot of similar-sounding bands, the song is the entree, the guitar effects merely garnishes. It's clear that underneath the guitar pedal pushing, this band has nothing to hide.
Entertainment Weekly (4/5/96, p.81) - "Superdrag combine noisy garage rock with mainstream pop, arriving in a place that owes equally to the Stooges and Matthew Sweet....Refreshing and irresistible." - Rating: A
Option (7-8/96, p.134) - "...these guys aren't goofing around--they take their teen spirit serious-like....dang if it don't get you feeling warm and tingly..."
Musician (7/96, p.95) - "...[has] volume and hooks aplenty, and on half these tracks they effortlessly blast forth the sound [Bob Mould] always aimed for but...missed..."
RIP (6/96, p.10) - 3 (out of 5) - "...It...grow[s] on you after a while, its impact as subtle as its sonic quirks and flourishes..."