With debut album Don’t Say That, Superfood may just have saved Britpop.
There have been many distressed attempts to revive the corpse of Britpop in recent times, with the likes of Brother never quite rekindling the original flame. The “quality over quantity” mantra never rang so true, with few die-hard fans managing to get their hopes up for whatever new project the Gallagher brothers will inevitably wave above their heads. Rock music these days tends to swing between art and punk, with not much to choose from in between.
Thank heaven, then, for Birmingham’s Superfood, whose confident output and accomplished songwriting will win over most. Mixing indie-rock with light funk influences and riff after memorable riff, Don’t Say That has something to please everyone. Opener “Lily For Your Pad To Rest On“, arguably one of the best tracks on the album, uses fabulously inventive timbres to beckon a listener in. A psychedelic and repetitive guitar line dominates here, but keen ears won’t have to strain to get hooked on something else.
Superfood are no strangers to nostalgia – indeed, they re-coded 80’s car racer game OutRun to make their own unique advert for the album. Fourth song “Pallasades” moves between insistent, Stone Roses inspired verses and soaring choruses that bear a striking resemblance to Suede. Lead singer Dom Ganderton’s passionate vocal certainly has the floating quality to match Brett Anderson. However, given the comparisons already being made, Superfood seem destined to be stuck with the “new Blur” title for a good while.
“Make no mistake, this act aren’t just here to honour their heroes.”
It’s true, the images Superfood conjure up in their songs often have Damon Albarn lurking in the background; “TV“, definitely not inspired at all by “Coffee and TV”, is a grating slacker of a song whose guitar hooks have Graham Coxon written all over them. However, while the real Blur stall over reunions and that elusive comeback album, their void is well and truly filled by the Birmingham outfit. “Superfood” is similarly laid back in style, although interspersed with direct, punchy choruses that punctuate the song neatly.
To suggest Superfood merely evoke the music of one band is harsh and inaccurate, though. “You Can Believe” possesses the swagger and groove of a Happy Mondays dance slicker. In addition, title track “Don’t Say That” is a truly individual song, jumping from low key verses to dramatic choruses in nimble leaps. Make no mistake, this act aren’t just here to honour their heroes.
Add in a couple of miniscule interludes, and you’re faced with a brilliantly crafted album with more than a few highlights – at 37 minutes in length, Superfood make a big impression in a short amount of time. At the very least, Don’t Say That is one of the best Britpop albums to be released in a long time, and it’s not hard to imagine them having a long and large impact on the music industry, wherever they decide to go.