Birmingham indie four piece Superfood bring us some 90’s nostalgia with their debut effort the upbeat Don’t Say That. The familiar 90’s baggy sound has been making a comeback over the past few years with bands like Sulk, Swim Deep and Peace borrowing jangly guitars and drum beats from an era which has been resurrected since the reformation of The Stone Roses, Inspiral Carpets and Happy Mondays. 23 year old Dom Ganderton produced the early work of Swim Deep and Peace before forming Superfood, and making them sound more authentic than his previously mentioned clients.
The Superfood sound lends more to Leisure era Blur with the fun of Black Grape and early Supergrass. The record gets on to a smashing start with the creative Lily For Your Pad to Rest On and You Can Believe. The song Superfood, sounds like Sympathy For the Devil meets Blur with added woo woo’s and some lovely changes. TV is a rare weak moment with awful shouty lyrics ‘I can never sleep without the tv on’. ( I don’t think any Ivor Novello awards will be handed out for this track ) and shows that Superfood don’t take themselves too seriously.
Pallasades and the driving Mood Bomb are excellent feel good songs followed by an instrumental of mellotron and birds singing. The albums best moment is the brilliant single Right On Satellite. Ryan Malcolm’s psychedelic guitar riffs are pure ear crack throughout, especially on the glorious 90’s pop of final track Like A Daisy.
After a few spins I found myself waking up with a smile and the albums catchy melodies and riffs still stuck in my head like squatting earworms, the jangly guitars and bouncing beats are sent from indie pop heaven. Superfood have produced a very imaginative album I am excited to hear where they go next, in the meantime Don’t Say That will keep people swinging their baggy pants until the next resurrection. Poptastic!
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