Supermercado - _Scary Baby_
(Dark Star Records, 2005)
by: Aaron McKay (3 out of 10)
The perception of an '80s-style rotgut equivalent of Mordred meets the Impotent Sea Snakes swims naggingly through my head when listening to this effort from Illinois own Supermercado. Let's start with the name of the band: Matt Mercado is first on the band's member list as their vocalist along with Killa Kat. Additional musical duties in the band for Matt are cataloged as guitarist and synth manipulator. I cannot help but think the addition of "super" to Matt's last name to create a moniker for this group of musicians is a lot like hanging an oak framed billboard size picture of yourself over one's own bed (possibly in the George Costanza "timeless art of seduction" pose); on a good day, that's questionable at best.

This newest incarnation from Chicago's dubious rabble-rousers was formed out of the less-than-overexposed remnants of the '90s midwest outfits MindBomb and Pivot Man. Musically, well... How about some song titles? "Pookis", "Ditch Kitty", "Leather Messiah" and "Bitch @$$" simply must give you some idea of what we're dealing with here. Supermercado is energetic and enthusiastic, I'll give you that, even guitar laden and bombastically heavy in certain places. On the whole, however, Supermercado's stylistic direction is about as understandable as Massacre's Kam Lee doing Puccini's "La Boheme" during a NASA shuttle launch. Admittedly, maybe this wasn't the best introduction to Dark Star Records for me, so there remains hope. As for Supermercado, all that can be said is "whatever makes you happy"... That happiness for me, friends, is found forty-three minutes later after hitting the play button; talk about SCARY, Baby!


(article published 2/1/2006)

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