Interview with guitarist Taylor Madison | By Nicholas Senior
Pennsylvania based group Superheaven (formerly Daylight) has circumvented the sophomore slump. After enduring a name change following successful debut Jar, the band’s upcoming release proves the band is back and better than ever. Ours Is Chrome—released on May 4th via SideOneDummy—sees the band clicking on all cylinders, producing some of the best alt/grunge since the genre’s heyday. If your local rock station ever played anything from after 2004, you’d hear “Leach” or “I’ve Been Bored” lighting up the radio waves.
What was the writing and recording process like?
It wasn’t much different than the first one, although with Jar, we had a chance to demo everything out way ahead of time. This one wasn’t laid out like that ahead of time; we had a lot of holes to fill in the studio, like with vocal melodies, lyrics, certain arrangements, etc. We did it that way because we like [producer] Will Yip’s input, and, I’ll admit, if we write something a certain way, it’s hard for me to separate from that, you know? I just wanted to keep as much as possible open ended before hitting the studio with Will. It worked well, because Will has a good ear for this sort of thing, but, sure, it made it a little more stressful on us [laughs].
What are your thoughts on the album?
I don’t know if I like it better [than Jar], but I think it sounds better. It’s a little more thought out than Jar. I definitely like the record, but it’s different from what most people expected us to sound like. I feel like that could either go well or badly [laughs].
I think most people expected this to be darker and heavier, and maybe a little more out there than Jar was, and it’s not. To me, it’s like a poppy rock record. To me, some of it has more of a Weezer vibe. Like, I think a lot of the lyrical content is darker and heavier than before, and it might sound a tad heavier, but it’s a little more bright. I think it sounds cool.
It’s good you like the music, since you’ll be touring on it for a while.
For sure. If anything, I’m known for—once we do something, I get over that shit really quick. I don’t want to play that shit anymore [laughs]. We did that; now I’m onto the next thing. Jar is the first record where that didn’t happen. We’ve been playing those songs for a couple years now, and I’m still into those songs and really enjoy playing them live. Because this record has taken so long to come out, there’s that feeling that I’m getting scared of being sick of playing [the songs] before we even start. It’s just a weird fear I have. I’m psyched on the new stuff and anxious to play it. I’m just always pushing to do something new, you know?
It helps to have someone in the band who’s happy to provide the creative kick in the ass…
That’s another thing that was different about this record. I’d say the majority of the songs on Jar were mostly based off of riffs I came up with. No one in the band writes entire songs. Usually, I’ll have a guitar or bass part, and one of the other guys will have a drum part or a bass part, and we’ll build a song from that. On this record, Joe [Kane], our bassist—I’d say the majority of the songs were written based off of riffs that he had. It’s weird for me, because every other record we’ve done, it’s mostly mine, but for Ours Is Chrome, Joe was a machine. I don’t know, but it’s cool [laughs].
What’s the meaning behind the album title?
It has sort of a double meaning. My home life is a mess, and that’s a long story. The title refers to how our life is not normal in any sense, but also how, when you explain the touring life to family and friends, like, how you’ve performed in Japan and such, it sounds crazy interesting. Yet, we’re not exactly super famous and rich [laughs]. It seems interesting to the outside world, but it’s a lot more, you know?