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Mac & Laura talk Superchunk artwork with Design*Sponge!

Mac & Laura talk Superchunk artwork with Design*Sponge! Mac & Laura recently spoke to Design*Sponge about their process making the artwork for Superchunk records. Laura, tell me how you started doing visual art. Laura Ballance: That’s hard to answer.

Mac & Laura recently spoke to Design*Sponge about their process making the artwork for Superchunk records.
Laura, tell me how you started doing visual art.
Laura Ballance: That’s hard to answer. I guess I have been doing visual art ever since I was a little kid, you know. I started drawing when I was a kid and I guess all kids do, mostly. And I never stopped. I always really enjoyed it and found it satisfying in some way to draw. I was drawing, mostly, as a kid and more recently as an adult I got more into sculpture. Actually, when I was a kid I made sculptures, too — I forgot. I used to make a lot of things out of Sculpey.

Mac, when did you start doing art? Was it before or after you started with music?
Mac McCaughan: Probably art first, in school and summer camps and that kind of thing, and then in college I took some printmaking classes with Nicholas Sperakis — mostly woodcut, but really it’s always just been a hobby. As with music, I think my desire to make art was driven by being a fan of art and certain artists, and in fact I think music and art have always gone hand in hand for me. Really, when you start a band and make a record, one of the most exciting things about that is that you’ll get to make the cover art! Didn’t stop me from making one of the ugliest record covers ever — the first Superchunk album — but still.

Read the rest of the interview at Design*Sponge




Also, Superchunk’s limited-edition 7-inches, “Crossed Wires” and “Digging for Something” are now available via digital download for the first time.

“Crossed Wires” track listing:
1. Crossed Wires (single version)
2. Blinders (fast version)
3. Crossed Wires (demo)
Available in the Merge store, Amazon.com, and iTunes.

“Digging for Something”
1. Digging for Something (feat. John Darnielle)
2. February Punk
3. Digging for Something (acoustic demo)
Available in the Merge store, Amazon.com, and iTunes.