The first album from Mister Heavenly, Out of Love, officially dropped this week, heralding the official arrival of Sup Pop’s newest indie rock supergroup. Now, though a supergroup, especially in the obsessive fan atmosphere of indie rock, always sounds like a good idea — take four musicians from great bands and they’re obviously make a great band, right? Right — they can run the gamut from wonderful to acceptable to underwhelming to just plain bad. However, since we’ve been digging Mister Heavenly’s new release these past few days, we’ve been inspired to chronicle some of the best indie rock all-star teams in recent history, from the very large and very famous to the more obscure. Click through to see some of our favorites, and let us know which of yours we’ve missed in the comments.
Mister Heavenly (Ryan Kattner of Man Man, Nick Thornburn of Islands, Joe Plummer of Modest Mouse)
Okay, okay, you caught us. We’re complete devotees of Man Man’s Ryan Kattner (aka Honus Honus) and will most likely enjoy any track on which he opens that big, rumbling mouth of his. But Nick Thornburn, the frontman of Islands (and the Unicorns, come to that) and Modest Mouse drummer Joe Plummer are no slouches either, and the veteran lineup shows in this album. Though Man Man’s work and Islands’ are fairly dissimilar within the indie rock genre, Mister Heavenly’s “doom-wop” manages to fuse the sweet, milky voice of Thornburn with the burning splendor of Kattner’s with perfect tension, Plummer holding it down as the mutual point of reference on drums. They’ve ditched the headline-making bass player who toured with them last year, but it’s so much the better. Less nerdy indie boy sweetness, more grouchy keys. Count us in.