Ten potential supergroups we'd like to see, all playing together in the key of awesome
There's just something so refreshing about new Yorke
It seems like we can't go a year without running into a few new supergroups popping up to play a show or record an album. Whether it's Danger Mouse teaming up with Sparklehorse, Monsters of Folk, or, most recently, Flea and Thom Yorke, musicians are constantly looking for new ways to present their ideas and sounds. It got us wondering about what potential super groups might be waiting on the horizon, simply biding their time before a surprise show or pay-what-you-want download. Check out the ten potential collaborations we'd dreamed up after the jump and, of course, feel free to contribute some ideas of your own.
10. Potential Name: Gelding
Group Members: Neil Young (solo, vocals), Nels Cline (Wilco, guitar), Tra-La-La Band (Silver Mt. Zion, band and choir)
Why They Should Form: It's been a while since Neil Young recorded a really solid album, which means it might be time to shake things up a bit. Pairing him with Nels Cline makes sense, but giving him the massive folk-orchestrations of the Tra-La-La Band might help push the band into a truly new territory.
9. Potential Name: ThX4TH3S4nD
Group Members: Richard D. James (Aphex Twin, production), Jaime Meline (El-P, Company Flow, MC)
Why They Should Form: Nobody is entirely sure what Aphex Twin is doing these days, yet speculation is running rampant. Either way, when Richard D. James remixes things, they always come out the other end sounding like something completely new, so teaming him with Jaime Meline, whose production skills and rhymes sound just as left-field, seems to make sense on paper. Then again, it might just be forty minutes of feedback -- but with these two names involved, it's sure to be a critic's choice regardless.
8. Potential Name: Ladybug
Group Members: Liz Bougatsos (Gang Gang Dance, vocals), Stephen O'Malley (Sunn0))), guitar), Hisham Bharoocha (Black Dice, drums), Kevin Doria (Growing, bass)
Why They Should Form: There is loud music and then there's drone, and pairing up two of drone's loudest musicians with two of noise's most chaotic seems like a natural fit. Unfortunately, it's likely that eardrums and studio walls could only handle one outing.
7. Potential Name: Rorschach
Group Members: Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio, vocals), Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails, production)
Why They Should Form: The two have toured together, played together and spent a lot of time together. With TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone taking a break to record a solo album, Tunde Adebimpe and Trent Reznor should have plenty of time to deliver the world its first electro-industrial-funk album.
6. Potential Name: Snow Wood Boarding School
Group Members: Jonathan Coulton (solo, guitar, lyrics), Avery Raines (Mr. Pacman, vocals, lyrics), Yvonne Lambert (Octopus Project, samplers, keyboards, glockenspiel), Scott Herren (Prefuse 73, production, drums)
Why They Should Form: If geeks can't get along, then who can? These four will likely meet at the Penny Arcade Expo, talk about video games for a while and then decide to make some rock music. Although Coulton and Raines would have to battle for hilarious video-game-inspired lyrics, the two could share vocal duties while Lambert and Herren provide the Commodore-inspired backing band. Nerds around the world would rejoice as dorkdom and talent are finally meshed into one solid musical project.
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