With 10 billion bands all seemingly tweeting, My Space and Facebook status updating their latest soy latte consumption around her, Supercluster vocalist Vanessa Briscoe Hay remains one of the least self-involved, self-promoting artists in music.
Just before we met Hay for some iced coffee at Walker’s in Athens this month, we had to read about the Athens supergroup’s successful opening slot for the B-52’s at Mable House Amphitheatre in Flagpole newspaper (B’s frontman and Hay’s old pal Fred Schneider told us: “They were amazing. We had a blast!”).
Still, Hay had plenty of scoop to share with us. First up, this fall, Supercluster’s full-length debut record “Waves” will hit stores and iTunes. The album will feature some of the final recordings from Supercluster guitarist Randy Bewley, who was also the singer’s longtime bandmate in the legendary Athens act Pylon. Bewley died unexpectedly earlier this year. Bewley’s signature sound is present on nine of the album’s tracks.
“It was therapeutic but it was also hard at first,” Hay told us. “I would hear Randy playing on the recording and I would break down. But he deserves to have this material heard. It’s so good.”
Bewley had written out the guitar parts for the remaining songs and Pylon pal and Bradford Cox of Atlanta’s Deerhunter drove over to help record them for the album.
Hay says Supercluster’s session with Cox also yielded the surprise jam, “316″ for the project.
“It musically takes you on that journey from Atlanta back to Athens late at night after a gig,” Hay explains. “You’re tired, you’re away from the city lights and it becomes very peaceful. Driving back from a gig is always a little like hallucinating.”
The track is named after the Georgia State Route 316, the road Cox travelled to get to Athens.
Hay says vinyl-collecting fans can also expect a 7″ single from the project with the songs “I Got the Answer” and “Sunflower Clock” coming this fall as well. She also hinted that, with enough arm-twisting, Supercluster might be persuaded to play an Atlanta album release party as well…