Since having formed a punk quartet (Chicago’s Verbӧten, featuring Dave Grohl’s cousin Tracey Bradford on vocals) as a precocious 10-year-old, multi-instrumentalist Jason Narducy has kept busy with other bands (most notably Verbow) and as an in-demand sideman with the likes of Bob Mould, Superchunk and Robert Pollard. He’s also releasing his first solo record under the Split Single moniker, Fragmented World (Inside Outside). Narducy will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new Q&A with him.
Narducy: I started touring with Superchunk in June of 2013. Bassist Laura Ballance has a hearing condition called hyperacusis that makes it difficult for her to withstand extended periods of exposure to loud sounds. Even though she won’t tour, she is still in the band recording, making videos, doing interviews and managing the band’s finances, among other things. Laura and the band asked me to sit in on bass for the tours promoting their newest (and excellent) album, I Hate Music (Merge).
It’s been a surprisingly smooth transition into the world of Superchunk for me, mostly due to how welcoming and inclusive Jon Wurster, Mac McCaughan and the guitarist have been. The three of them have made me feel very comfortable and involved, even when I can’t always remember all of their names. We’ll be playing Coachella this month, touring Europe in May and doing more U.S. shows in the late summer.