Supercrush: ‘90s-inspired grunge with a candy coating 

Monday 06th, August 2018 / 10:00
By Trevor Morelli

Sugar coated, fuzzy guitar riffs
Photo by Che Hise Gattone

CALGARY – If you pine for the more jangly, poppy bands of the grunge era (think Mother Love Bone, Temple of the Dog, or latter-day Pearl Jam) then Seattle’s Supercrush is for you. Sugar coated, fuzzy guitar riffs drive their tunes and frontman Mark Palm says it’s all about creating memorable earworms.

“My goal is just to make an undeniably catchy album,” he confesses.

“I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s impossible to make an album that everyone will like. You can’t please everyone, but it might be possible to make an album that everyone is forced to admit is extremely catchy.”

Palm was born in Vancouver and grew up in the Pacific Northwest, so it makes sense that he loved the hometown heroes of the day.

“I think our first record in particular maybe had a little more Seattle, or grunge, influence. Since then I think it’s less so. Personally, I was super influenced by all that stuff. I grew up in the ‘90s. When I was a young teenager, I was super into all the grunge and alternative rock stuff that was coming out.”

Those influences acted as a springboard for Supercrush, whose sound is more bouncy and fun than say, Eddie Vedder’s falsetto “whoa-whoa’s.”

Earlier this year, the band released a number of singles including “I Can’t Lie” and “I’ve Been Around.” Those cuts will be put together on a 12-inch with a brand new full-length to follow. Some of the work on the tracks was done at Seattle’s Soundhouse Studios, where a plaque memorializes late Mother Love Bone singer and grunge pioneer Andrew Wood.

After playing in many other metal and hardcore bands over the years, Palm is stoked to be able to dedicate all of his time to Supercrush.

“I kind of feel like we’re almost psyched trying to make up for lost time. There was a bunch of years where the band was just a recording project and we never even played a show until six months ago,” he remarks.

“So now that we actually have a live line-up and are playing shows, I’m just trying to take advantage of that and get out there as much as possible.” 

Supercrush plays August 6 at Fernando’s Pub (Kelowna) and August 7 at The Palomino Smokehouse (Calgary)

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