Baltimore rock band Super City was begun in 2013 by songwriters and guitarists Greg Wellham and Dan Ryan. The pair released their first self-titled EP back in January of last year and now the proper full length Again Weekend.
Again Weekend opens with the sonically driven rocker “Keep It Royal” on which the gritty and metal guitar riffs play off one another like a battle of the bands is going on inside of the song. Next the tempo downshifts dramatically with the shimmery guitars found on “Easier” which morphs into a funky pop tune. Next the ante is upped once again on the even more spectrally pop rocker “The Weekend” which has a pretty catchy guitar and bass riff comingling.
“Haven’t You a Clue” begins as a quiet acoustic ballad that later turns into a well-harmonized prog-rock fest that comes at you out of left field, though it’s totally worth it. “Don’t You Care” begins as a riffed up rock song and then after a questionable bridge turns into an ethereal and ambient echoing of “ooh’s.” This mediocre ambience bleeds its way onto the slumping and strange “Pure” on which rips of metal riffs fade in and out as if though by accident.
Then comes the dopey “Another Mile” which begins as something found in the hokier part of Blink 182’s repertoire and then, as if though out of necessity the metal guitars come back in again, sounding unsure of why they are there.
Super City has noted that they are huge fans of making on the spot demos using their phones to record songs and then later reworking them in the studio. This seems to have been the case as the second part of the album unfolds beginning with the balladry “How do I Describe” which is rife with piano and horns and some pretty nice melodies before that guitar moves in again and diminishes the melody just near the end.
Later on “Together We Run” is a sweet acoustic ballad, which seems likes it’s there for filler purposes and definitely sticks out when compared to the other tracks on Again Weekend.
Super City sometimes suffers from a problem that so many bands suffer from which is trying to combine too many different influences into their songs and thus their album. Had they taken the faster harder songs and separated them from the slower ballads and made two EP’s they would have been somewhat better off. Variety is key, yes, but perhaps a good sit down and listening to the way some of their favorite records are tracked out might give Super City a good sense of how to compose an album as a whole. Other then that there are some great songs here.
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