Last month two independent labels 9000 Records (part of Consouling Sounds) and Hypertension Records joined forces and released the new album Supertired by Belgian ‘supergroup’ Supergenius. While the band name might not sound familiar, the band members and their pedigree will. They’ve been around in bands like Oathbreaker, Wiegedood, Rise and Fall and Beecher. Markedly different from the output of the aforementioned bands, Supergenius delves into the musical pool that shaped these guys’ record collections and musical outlook. Supertired is hugely influenced from indie and punk bands spanning the last three decades of alternative music.
We asked singer and guitraist Ed Godby to give us a detailed track by track analysis of Supertired…
1. ‘All That’s Gold’
I wrote the main riff and the majority of the words to this song in the winter of 2015, about 6 months before we made the record. We didn’t try it out live before going into the studio, mainly because it only really came together properly, as a whole band, in the three weeks before the session began. It turned out to be one of my favourites! I suppose the lyrics are about trying not to be difficult to be around, even if being difficult comes naturally.
If I remember rightly, this was the second song that we wrote for the record. It’s always been a favourite of mine to play and right until the last minute it was supposed to be the song for which we were making the video, but we U-turned at the last minute, for a number of reasons. I get to rip out a solo, so that’s nice, but I also don’t really know how to stand when playing a solo, which is awkward.
Vince is coaching me. The words are about my daughter, but I kind of hope that anyone who has kids might be able to relate it to their own experiences. If they’re anything at all like mine, they should be able to.
3. ‘Watch The Water’
I had already pretty much written the main riff/chorus for this song before we recorded the EP at the back end of 2014. It’s by far the oldest ‘idea’ on Supertired. The bass-led riff at the end of the song is a great part I think, with the dischordant lead guitar. I love that bit. It’s probably the purest ‘love song’ on the whole album.
4. ‘Their Designs’
A few months before we made Supertired, Mich called me to talk about the idea of me writing some lyrics with a political slant, because he thought that it could be cool to use it as a way of locating the record in time. Like, in 20 years from now we could look back and remember the moment we made the record by thinking about any ‘current’ lyrical content. I liked the concept and I’d been fiddling around with a really laid back, simple guitar tune that was different to other stuff that we were working on. The two ideas seemed to go together. I think we’d really like to explore this side of our band, musically speaking, moving forward from this record.
This is probably the most ‘energetic’ song on the record, which was one of the reasons for choosing it as a lead track. Weirdly it’s also the one that sounds the least like I imagined it would sound. Writing songs and making records can sometimes be a surprising process, because you have such a lucid idea of how something your creating might sound finished, but often it’s way off the mark.
6. ‘Know Your Knots’
It was actually whilst we were in the studio making our EP that Wim was playing with some bits of old rope, and he said to me ‘you have to know your knots, Eddy.’ I really liked it; it kinda stuck with me. The song’s about depression. Depression sucks. Take it seriously.
7. ‘Drifting Tonight’
Just before we recorded Supertired, a friend, that I liked very much but didn’t keep in contact with as much as I’d have liked to, lost a long battle with illness. This song is about making sure you make an effort with your friendships.
8. ‘Kinda Wooden’
I wanted to call this song ‘Would’ despite the Alice in Chains song of the same name. I didn’t care, but it wouldn’t fly with the boys, so I came up with ‘Kinda Wooden,’ which is actually a more apt title. I really dig the song musically, it flirts with more ‘Indie/Britpop’ influences; it’s a cool vibe. I especially like the way that the second verse is stripped back to just one simplified guitar, simplified drums and vocals. That was an arrangement that Vince came up with that I think really helps the dynamic of the song.
9. ‘Rust And Spit’
Leaving everything you know behind and starting a new challenge in life can be really hard, but also really awesome. That’s what this is all about.
10. ‘A Serious Case of Imposter Syndrome’
The last song on the record was not originally the last song on the record in my head. When I wrote the main riff-chorus I was convinced that it had to be the record opener. That’s one of the reasons I love making records, you have ideas that you then challenge when everybody else leaves their mark and gives their input. It’s a really fun process. Lyrically it’s self-explanatory; Imposter Syndrome is a psychological condition that you should look up if you don’t know about it, because it’s really interesting. I wouldn’t say that I suffer with it per se, so the title of the song is just an exploitation of artistic license, but self-doubt can sometimes be a tricky thing to fly in the face of. We ended up making a video for this song because it’s short and to the point. Plus it was fun to play around with some ideas linked to the lyrical content.