Release Date: Sep 15, 2017
Record label: Dirty Hit
When Superfood announced their return with ‘Double Dutch’ - a woozy, laid-back groove of a track - it was with the kind of confidence that suggested they knew they’d got something quite special up their sleeves. Rather than going in all guns blazing with a dancefloor-leaning banger (of which there are still many), they repositioned themselves as a band that could serve more controlled, restrained thrills as well as the joyous teenage kicks that had first brought them to attention. Superfood Mk II, it seemed to say, were a more considered, more developed, just plain better reincarnation of what had come before.
Superfood are a band reborn. At least on paper, it seems. In the three years since their Britpop-tinged debut ‘Don’t Say That’, the Birmingham group have slimmed down a two-piece, got themselves a new label in the shape of Dirty Hit and, most evidently, had a decent crack at revolutionising their sound. So far, so good.
Perhaps being compared to bands like peace, Swim Deep and JAWS wasn’t a bad thing in terms of exposure, though it certainly felt like they were unfairly lumped into a scene which robbed them of their own identity. Their second album Bambino now acts as a vital chance to prove that they can stand out from the crowd on their own terms. Bouncing back can be easier said than done when you’re stuck in a creative limbo. Vocalist Dom Ganderton has been open about the struggles the band had in the run-up to this record; the usual no money, no label situation.
Losing a band member has historically sparked chaos for many a well-seasoned band. Like Blur without Graham Coxon or the Red Hot Chili Peppers in the years after John Frusciante departed, their respective band.