Super Capsaicin (2018)
One of the best discoveries I made when I went to Japan last year was a band called Summerman. Their last album Temperature Is... has been on a non stop loop ever since I picked it up. It's just one of those perfect albums. Now Summerman is back with their sophomore full length called Fan. It's aptly named as I am a huge fan of these guys.
While I tend to favor the Japanese bands that slide a bit more easily into the Snuffy Smiles style of gruffer punk rock, Summerman wins me over with their sheer mastery of hooks and ability to build song structures. Summerman has more in common with bands like Silver Scooter or Falls. They construct their songs using delicate layers of jangly guitar lines coupled with a forceful rhythm section that keeps the energy level way up.
There are three guitar players in this band and while the punk rock part of my brain sees that on paper and thinks it might be overkill, when my ears actually hear the complex, but supremely catchy melodies they create with this set up, it's hard to argue its effectiveness. Let's not also forget to mention, they cover a Chester Copperpot song on this record, which is absolutely insane to me. Their treatment of "No Wonder"is a revelation, giving the song a fuller sound and a different vibe while still maintaining the same levels of pure joy that the Chester version manages to convey.
I do wish this had come out on vinyl and I'm hopeful that one day it does get released in that format. But no matter what format it could possibly come out on, there's no denying how great Fan is. Summerman has put out a pretty stellar release and it's one of the albums I've been listening to the most this year. Absolutely worth checking out.
Summerman - "White":
Summerman - "Super Health":
Summerman - "No Wonder" (This is a live version, not the one on the album but you'll get the general idea):