Split Single, the collective project of Chicago-based musician Jason Narducy (Bob Mould Band, Superchunk, Verbow) — this time featuring REM’s Mike Mills on bass and Jon Wurster (Superchunk, Bob Mould, The Mountain Goats) on drums — releases a new single/video, “95 Percent,” from their new album, Amplificado, out June 25th on Inside Outside Records. Following lead single “(Nothing You Can Do To) End This Love,” “95 Percent” is a punch of political frustrations and inner turmoil. The track closes with “whoa whoa whoa” gang vocals as if Superchunk went through a Springsteen phase. Watch the Grant Nickson-animated video below.
“As a liberal person, I can get tripped up by my tendency towards empathy,” says Narducy. “Part of me wants to believe that politicians are earnest in their efforts to help all Americans even when I know they are not. So it can backfire when I get hesitant and confused but overall I think it’s positive because I never fully trust ANY of them. I’m 95 percent committed and 95 percent suspicious. I’m also not good at math.”
Recorded at Electrical Audio in Chicago, Amplificado is a tight collection of rock songs dealing with the anxiety of living through a chaotic and cruel Republican majority rule and under the limitations of a worldwide pandemic. The new album comes nearly five years after the release of Split Single’s 2016 album, Metal Frames, “a powerhouse pop record that prides itself on tenacious vocals and resolute rhythm guitar” (Stereogum) recorded with Wurster and Wilco’s John Sitrratt, and last year’s acclaimed, Jeff Award-nominated production of Verböten, a musical inspired by Narducy’s now-seminal childhood punk rock band of the same name. “Love this record,” says Mills. “So much fun playing and singing with Jason and Jon. And it ROCKS.”