Local Supergroups: A Primer

by Patrick Maloney

In my recent interview with Cecil Otter, he mentioned that he is working on several projects with established figures in the MN music scene. I started looking into other local supergroups, which lead me to discover that Otter is not the only one who's working on more than one thing. I picked nine pillars of the Minneapolis music scene and found out where they intersected. Then, because I'm a nerd, I made a chart.

Click here to see what I came up with.

Gayngs: a ~25 member supergroup that makes airy soft-rock. The group’s a bit of a jam-band, and the average song length on their CD, Relayted is six minutes. Also, all the songs at recorded at 69 beats per minute, because why not.

Poliça: Although Justin Vernon, lead singer of Bon Iver, isn’t technically involved in this band, he did call it “the best band [he] has ever heard.” Indie synth rock with spacey vocals drenched in auto-tune…what’s not to love?

Advice Lords: I’m not sure if this is a real thing or not. It would be awesome, so I’m just going to cross my fingers.

Digitata: Indie band consisting of keyboards, drums, and vocals.

Doomtree: If you live in the Twin Cities and don’t know who Doomtree is, you are clearly living under a rock and I recommend that you stop.

Untitled: Not a lot is known about this group, except that it’s coming soon and, according to Astronautalis, it’s not going to sound how you think it would sound.

Marijuana Deathsquads: I really have no idea what to say about this band. I guess I would call it “hardcore electronica,” but I seriously have never heard anything like this before.

Laliberte: Their bandcamp page is tagged as “electronic soul pop rock,” which is probably all you need to know. Their only release thus far was a single demo track in May of last year, but they played at a show with Mixed Blood Majority last month, so I think we can expect more stuff from these guys soon.

Mixed Blood Majority: Doomtree, Kill the Vultures, and No Bird Sing are three of the best indie rap bands in the Twin Cities, so why not take grab a member from each of them and throw them into a band together?

Eephus Pitch: an upcoming two CD project in which Cecil Otter will rap over Lazerbeak’s beats, and Lazerbeak will sing over Otter’s

Four Fists: P.O.S. and Astronautalis have made songs together before, but we can expect a full length album from them as well. I wonder if they are named after the F. Scott Fitzgerald piece by the same name?

Roma di Luna: Apparently, Crescent Moon and Channy Leaneagh used to be in married and in a folk band together. Who knew.

Multiple Projects: According to my interview with Cecil Otter, he is “working on a few projects with Ryan Olson.” So I guess we’ll just have to wait and see from these guys.