But even as the band moves forward with its music, it is taking a backward step when it comes to touring. Superchunk hasn't done much road work in the past few years, stepping back from the rigorous pace it maintained early in its career. Ballance and McCaughan were busy with Merge, and everyone besides Ballance had side projects to fill their time. McCaughan records solo under the name Portastatic, and Wilbur keeps busy with Humidifier. Earlier this year, Wurster released an album based solely around a prank phone interview he did with a friend who has a radio show on WSMU in New York.
"We thought up this scenario where he would interview me, and I was calling into his show as the author of a book called Rock, Rot, and Rule," Wurster explains. "It bills itself as the ultimate argument settler, where you'd open the book, and it would just be band after band or artist after artist listed alphabetically, and it would just say whether or not they rocked, rotted, or ruled. So, it was just the stupidest idea for a book. And people actually called in believing it was real, and arguing with me." He laughs.
Now that Come Pick Me Up is on its way out, the various side projects will be abandoned, and the group will undertake its busiest touring schedule in five years. The tour will even include a stop in Dallas sometime in November; The Galaxy Club mishap hasn't soured Wurster or the band on Dallas just yet. Other than that, Wurster and the band haven't made any plans for the future just yet. Most likely, they'll record another album in a year or two, but even that has yet to be determined. It's the way the band has operated since it formed, and Wurster doesn't think the band should tamper with success -- at least its version of success.
"That's how it works best for us," he says. "I know early on, I kind of wished that we had more of a long-term goal. But it seems like the bands that actually did have a long-term goal, and maybe met that goal originally..." Wurster trails off, trying to find the point he was trying to make. "A good example is a band like Urge Overkill. They kind of came up from the same ranks that we did in a way, and then had a huge record -- which is probably what they wanted -- and then they haven't been heard from since. Doing it the way we do it is right for us.
"I mean, you always want to sell more records and reach a wider audience," Wurster continues. Then he adds, laughing, "I think we're coming to the conclusion now that that probably isn't going to happen, and that might not be such a bad thing."