Monday, 23 February 2015

Track Of The Day: The Supernaturals - 'Born Again'

Last year during RW/FF and God Is In The TV's Britpop month, I featured Scottish combo The Supernaturals, presuming that they had no plans to reform. So imagine my surprise when a little while ago I found out that the band have new album out in April, and that they'd been playing together again since 2012. I'd refer to The Supernaturals as more of a "post-Britpop" group, as they fitted in with the style and sound but arrived on the scene too late.

They were bloody good too, taking inspiration from Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys rather than The Beatles or The Kinks. A five piece from Glasgow, the band were signed to Parlophone Records in 1996, scoring five Top 40 entries in the UK Singles Chart between '96 and '98. Best known for their hit 'Smile', in May of 1997 they released their debut LP 'It Doesn't Matter Anymore', (a Number 9 chart entry) but personally I prefer the 1998 follow-up 'A Tune A Day'. It was released during the same week that I went to see the band at the Fleece And Firkin in Bristol where they were supported by Carrie. Great days. After that album only reached #21 following a lack of promotion, they were dropped by their label before re-emerging four years later with their third, synth-flavoured effort 'What We Did Last Summer'. The band soon split after that. '360' will be their first new material in over a decade, and sees the original line-up returning to their original sound and style, as reflected by the album's title. Although the LP isn't released on CD until April, it will be available digitally next week on March 2.

A press release states: "The band hark back to their Sixties roots in what is a resounding return to form with their knack for offbeat, wry story telling welded to classic melodies..." However, I have to disagree, since '360' has turned out to be a most feeble comeback. Check RW/FF over the next few weeks to find out why when the album is reviewed. In the meantime, HERE is a review of the album from the highly recommended blog A Pessimist Is Never Disappointed, and below is the new track 'Born Again'.

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