"For 'Industry Giants,' the original lineup returns in full for the first time since 1998's "Head Trip in Every Key." And while I won't place this ahead of my still-favorite "In the Valley of Dying Stars," it is definitely a solid comeback effort, especially for a group that has not recorded together in over a decade.
Some highlights - "Try," "Cheap Poltergeists," "Everything'll Be Made Alright," and "Live and Breathe." A couple of misses come in "Ready to Go" which seems to suffer from a lack of enthusiasm considering the title. And "5 Minutes Ahead" is a change in style (for the worst in my opinion).
If you're a Superdrag fan, buy this. There is no reason not to. If you aren't a fan, it's not too late. Also check out the single/video "Aspartame" on one of their websites. Overall, "Giants" leaves the listener with high hopes for a continued Superdrag career."
Great effort from Superdrag
B. Duncan | Springville, UT United States | 06/19/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I would say this album ranks right up their with their best work, such as "In The Valley of Dying Stars" and "Regretfully Yours." Mind you I wouldn't want to order Superdrag's output as to which is the best (because they're all pretty good) but this CD has definitely quickly become one of my favorites. I think it is a bit better than "Last Call For Vitriol" which I believe was the album previous to this one (released right before John Davis decided to try a solo career for a few years.) Listening to some of the lyrics I think "Industry Giants" is relevant to what is going on in the world today ("I want peace and safety for the kids in Kandahar"), but also can be enjoyed without noticing references to current events.
I am also impressed that John Davis (I am assuming he wrote most of these lyrics) has been able to express some of (what I believe are his) new-found religious convictions without losing any of the Superdrag edginess. In fact, on this album that edginess seems to have been cranked at least five-fold... And the lyrics have what I would call a definite gothic feel to them. So the CD seems to have religion thrown into it perhaps a bit more than previous CDs, but without sounding sickeningly sweet when addressing the topic (which is how a lot of religious-oriented pop or rock seems to me.)
Also it is nice to have the dude with the `fro back in the band from the "Regretfully Yours" era (not sure what his name is.) I think it's him singing on some of the songs where the gravelly, guttural voice takes over--which is something I didn't like at first but which later grew on me. It's almost like it could be the voice of the God or the Universe (perhaps in a very different sound quality from what we would expect) transposing itself occasionally into the album as the meaning of the lyrics begin to take shape. Anyway, may sound dumb to describe it that way, but it is a nice effect to have such a strange-sounding alternate vocalist occasionally appear like that, and really contributes to the overall artistic impact of the album.
I think the album title might be a reference to the "stupidity" of the non-alternative masses (people who like Britney S. & Jessica S., for example) who ignore a great band like Superdrag in the same manner that they usually miss seeing ants on the ground. It reminds me of the band A-ha who are ubiquitously known for their hit "Take On Me" but none of their subsequent (and continuing) output has been appreciated. Ah, the fickleness and ignorance of the masses! (since in my experience some of the best bands don't necessarily achieve a ton of popularity.) So I guess you could say Industry Giants is yet additional awesome underground rock courtesy of Superdrag... Hope you enjoy the CD! "
Been waitin along time for this
Dino | NY | 04/02/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"ive been waiting forever for a new superdrag record, and it didnt dissappint, its new superdrag meets old superdrag meets the riverdales, and its awesome. I'd disagree with one commenter who didnt like 5 minutes ahead of the chaos, any fan of screaching weasel or the riverdales, will love this song, it takes u back to some old school punk style that superdrag executed better than the riverdales ever could. from start to finish the record is great and after the long wait superdrag sure as hell doesnt dissapoint. look out for jeremy enigk's new record in may. if u never heard sunny day real estate or the fire theft be sure to check them out as well as nada surf and the new chris walla record. now all we need is for no knife to offically get back together and make records again. back to superdrag, i request a superdrag/nada surf nationwide tour immediately."
Superdrag's Newest Is Super Rad
Nathan Maas | CALIFORNIA, USA | 04/11/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Boy, I think my headline says it all. It's an amazing album and there isn't a song on it I have the slightest of reservations about. "Aspartame" and "Live And Breathe" are some of the best songs they've ever recorded. "Deathblow To Your Pride" is so powerful and real, you might just end up dead and pride-less. As another reviewer said, it isn't so much a continuation of where they left off, as it's an alternate universe Superdrag, taking an un-travelled fork in the road traveled years ago.
It's 1996, 2009 and every year in between, before and after. It's a rock and roll adventure. It's like watching Lost with your ears. Well, no, it's not. I just wanted to say that."
Don't call it a comeback!
Dave Dickerson | Tennessee | 04/01/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"As a huge Superdrag fan since 1995 of course I picked this up the day of release - and having been to the reunion shows and a recent show in Nashville featuring a lot of these tracks I knew what to expect. If you go into this album expecting it to be a continuation on their monumental albums (all four LP's) then you might be disappointed. The band is older and as it has been, well, a long time since Last Call For Vitriol came out, it doesn't just pick up where that amazing record left off. But, if you come into this album just wanting to hear more from Superdrag you will be more than pleased. Any Superdrag fan needs this album and the recent tribute album (A Tribute To Superdrag). So it boils down to this - if you ever loved Superdrag come on, you have to get this album. I would also recommend picking up John Davis' solo album "Arigato!" just for the track "Tell Me I'm Not Free" which sounds like classic Superdrag and the aforementioned tribute album (A Tribute To Superdrag). All in all, those three will keep you happy and partying like it was the 90's again. Just be thankful they are back together - and go to a show! I promise they will play enough old stuff to make it all worth it - and you might be surprised by how good the new stuff is!"