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MRG008 | Release Date 2009

These are rare and out-of-print songs from Mac McCaughan's pre-Superchunk band, Wwax.

"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 & '88. 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 spraypainted 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."

~Mac McCaughan

Track/Song Title Duration Price MP3 Track
Pumpkin 02:59
Inn Town 04:09
Seven 02:28
Like It Or Not 03:24
Straw Man 02:29
Corduroy 02:38
Grows on Trees 04:08
Price of Gas 02:27
Counting Thoughts 03:36
Beachworld 04:15
All Begins Again 02:36
Just Like 02:40
Misinvite 01:57
I Am Right (Live) 02:13
Seven (Demo) 02:35

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