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.
5. Potential Name: Tetrachromatic
Group Members: Samuel Beam (Iron & Wine), Jeremy Barnes (A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Neutral Milk Hotel, accordion), Jaki Liebezeit (CAN, drums), Owen Pallett (Final Fantasy, violin)
Why They Should Form: Samuel Beam has made a name for himself by recording with a lot of different musicians as well as playing a lot of instruments himself. But something has always been missing from his songs, and that's the word, "epic." So who better to team up with than the klezmer-driven Jeremy Barnes, the rhythmic Jaki Liebezeit and the always massively overdone Owen Pallett? Well, nobody, that's who.
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4. Potential Name: Sparkgap
Group Members: Travis Morrison (Dismemberment Plan, vocals), Justin Chearno (Turing Machine, guitar), Scott DeSimon (Pitchblende, bass), Mike Kinsella (Joan of Arc, drums)
Why They Should Form: What was the last really solid post-hardcore album? Can you even remember? Hell, does the term "post-rock" even mean anything anymore? Probably not, what with everything being post- something or other. Yet just because it's not making waves in the underground as much as it used to doesn't mean listeners aren't dying for a bit of quirky, angular rock, and we're pretty sure these four aren't doing anything better with themselves right now.
3. Potential Name: Confectionary Cathedrals
Group Members: Anni-Frid Lyngstad (Abba, vocals), Stevie Jackson (Belle & Sebastian, guitar), Lætitia Sadier (Stereolab, synthesizers), Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley, solo, bass, drums, production)
Why They Should Form: Sugar-coated pop is easy enough to come by, but finding good sugar-coated pop is another story. So why not throw some of the best ever into a melting pot with Danger Mouse and see what happens? Sounds like a sweet deal to us.
2. Potential Name: Ethereal Beasts of Nature
Group Members: Jimmy LaValle (Album Leaf, vocals, electronics), Jón Þór Birgisson (Sigur Rós, vocals, guitar), Klaus Schulze (Tangerine Dream, solo, drums), Geologist (Animal Collective, samples and electronics)
Why They Should Form: Ambient rock music isn't an exact science, which is why there are so many groups out there doing this type of thing as side projects or, worse, a rare album here and there. It's a no-brainer that Jimmy Lavalle and Jón Þór Birgisson should work together after a couple tours and recording sessions, and adding Klaus Schulze to the mix will gain some much-needed percussion. Toss in a bit of the Animal Collective quirk from Geologist, and you have a remarkably interesting act. But where would these four come together? At an Electronics Expo in Iceland, of course.
1. Potential Name: Opinicus
Group Members: Cedric Bixler-Zavala (Mars Volta, vocals), Ian Williams (Battles, guitar), Brann Dailor (Mastodon, drums), Ryan Graveface (Black Moth Super Rainbow, bass).
Why They Should Form: Simply put, the Mars Volta really sucks these days, but it doesn't change the fact that Cedric Bixler-Zavala has one of the coolest voices in rock music. It's about time he got set up with more interesting people, which is why he'll get to know some of the great psychedelic, prog-rock and experimental musicians of our time. They'll probably meet over some hash in a dank coffee shop while reading Sartre.