Superchunk released another in their series of benefit 7"s recently and it features two new songs, one original and a cover. I opted to get the black vinyl version of this 7" this time. From the stats they posted online, it looks like there were actually less black pressed than the autographed, colored vinyl version. While I am a sucker for colored vinyl, autographs aren't anything I really care about all that much. With the holidays coming up, it was just easier for me to opt for the version that was $15 cheaper. That said, the funds go to a good cause, so this is in no way me griping about any costs. It's a benefit and people should give as much as they can.
The A side is a new Superchunk original called "Our Work Is Done." It's almost great. As a song, it's one of the poppiest they've done in a while. It scratches every itch I have for a Superchunk song, and I probably like it more than any of the songs on their also great last full length. But then there are the backing vocals by Fucked Up's Damian Abraham. I don't know why they were added. The harsh, hardcore scream along with Mac's higher pitched, melodic vocals is a total disconnect for me and it really drags down an otherwise incredible track.
The B side is "Total Eclipse" and that's a cover song that was originally done by Klaus Nomi. I'm not familiar with Klaus, but a quick Google search brought up some pretty interesting videos. The Superchunk version of the song is heavy on background guitar feedback, but that doesn't overtake the hook the same way that Damian does in "Our Work Is Done." "Total Eclipse" is a perfectly serviceable Superchunk B side. It's not incredible, but it's good and a solid addition to my ever growing Superchunk 7" collection.
Superchunk - Our Work Is Done 7":