Review Summary: Turning despair on its head
After recently signing to Hopeless Records, wacky indie-rockers Super Whatevr are getting a chance to reach a wider audience with a re-issue of their Good Luck
EP. Contained within are abrupt revelations like “Oh my god, you are so messed up in the head, hey darling I am too” and “Love, I’m a wreck – holy f*ck.” The trio is the brainchild of Syker McKee, who uses the band as an outlet to turn his dissatisfaction with life into quirky and charming earworms for the average Joe. There’s something strangely satisfying about these kinds of self-deprecating yet upbeat tunes, especially when dressed up with the imagination that Super Whatevr provides. With an eccentric band name and five off-the-wall tunes, the band makes having a good time in the midst of difficulty seem almost too
easy. Opener “Good Luck” trades off between nasally vocals and anxiety-filled shouts with ease, and is jam-packed with clever lyrics and strong melodies to boot. Instrumentally, the album isn’t very chaotic; the majority of the intensity comes from the bipolar vocals that range from calm and collective on “Someone Somewhere Somehow”, to completely bizarre and erratic on “Common Cold.” Though short in duration, it gives a proper glance into the future of a band that’s sure to be going places. Possessing enormous hooks, and a spastic vocal performance that’s as nerdy as it is fun, Good Luck
takes despair and turns it on its head for an amusing and highly relatable collection of music. It’d be nice to see Super Whatevr flesh out the songs with a bit more emphasis on production and the overall package going forward, but it’s a damn solid stepping stone for such a young band. With a debut LP in the works, it gives us plenty to get excited about as we shout and sing along to McKee’s eccentric tales of human trial and error; it’s an album that makes anguish seem quite pleasant, indeed.