Superchunk’s Mac Applies the Wwax

 

 

 

Yet another all-digital offering from the good folks at
Merge.

 

 

By Blurt Staff

 

 

Like It Or Not is a compilation of casettes and
7″ releases from Mac McCaughan’s pre-Superchunk band, Wwax. Like
it Or Not
 is available exclusively as a digital download in the Merge Store.

 

 

Mac’s description:

 

 

This is a collection of all the studio recordings that Wwax made, all done at Duck Kee Studios on Bickett Blvd in Raleigh in 1987 and 1988. Tracks 1 &
2 were released by our friend Steve Skrzyniarz on his label Leopard Gecko out
in Tacoma. The next
seven tracks came out on Merge in a double 7″ format. The Songs “All
Begins Again,” “Just Like” and “Misinvite” were
originally released as part of the 7″ box set Evil I Do Not To Nod
I Live
, a collection that also included records by Egg, Slushpuppies, Black
Girls, and Angels of Epistemology. The last two tracks were on a Wwax cassette
that was Merge’s second release ever. They include a Saccharine Trust cover we
did live, plus the demo of the song “Seven” that we recorded at my
house and that I always preferred to the better-sounding studio version. 

 

 

We took turns singing the songs in Wwax, but they all bear
the mark of Wayne’s
idiosyncratic sense of timing and Brian Walsby’s uncanny ability to keep up
with him. The sound is also shaped by the fiberglass Ovation Breadwinner guitar
that I borrowed from Wayne
and played exclusively through his tiny gray spray-painted Peavey Champ, which
achieved a brittleness I’ve not been able to capture since! This is the first
digital release of Wwax songs other than a couple stray tracks here and there,
and it’s strange to hear recordings that are certainly artifacts of a certain
era that’s not hardcore but not really something else specific either…which
is how they sounded then, too.

 

 

Tracklisting:

 

1. Pumpkin

2. Inn
Town

3. Seven

4. Like It Or Not

5. Straw Man

6. Corduoroy

7. Grows On Trees

8. Price of Gas

9. Counting Thoughts

10. Beachworld

11. All Begins Again

12. Just Like

13. Misinvite

14. I Am Right (live)

15. Seven (demo)

 

 

Wwax was:

 

Wayne Taylor – Bass / Vocals

Brian Walsby – Drums / Vocals

Mac McCaughan – Guitar / Vocals

 

 

 

 

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