Posted in music on July 28, 2014

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Elvis Wilson
Lees of Memory

Like a handful of '90s alt rock one-Buzz-Bin-song-wonders, Superdrag were more than just "Sucked Out" and had a pretty good career that produced some worthy deeper cuts. They broke up in '03 but briefly reunited in the late 2000s, resulting in a 2009 reunion album. After that, singer John Davis formed the '80s-punk inspired Epic Ditch with alt-rock mega producer Nick Raskulinecz, and he's now fronting a new band, The Lees of Memory with Superdrag guitarist Brandon Fisher and Epic Ditch drummer Nick Slack.

The band's debut album, Sisyphus Says, comes out September 16 on digital/vinyl via melodic punk powerhouse SideOneDummy and on cassette via garage rock label/lifestyle Burger Records (side note: this means at least two '90s alt-rockers have recently joined Burger), but it sounds more like it should've come out on early '90s Creation. Though the snotty, crunchy power pop of their '90s days did have some shoegaze influence, they've fully immersed themselves in the sounds of My Bloody Valentine for this one. (Some of the material on that '09 comeback album hinted more strongly at this too.) Raskulinecz produced it. Get a taste from the Elvis Wilson-directed video for first single "We Are Siamese" (via Stereogum), below.

SideOne is also giving Superdrag's Head Trip In Every Key its first vinyl release and putting out a collection of Head Trip demos, Jokers w/ Tracers, on August 12.

Watch the new Lees of Memory video, and revisit a Head Trip track, below...


The Lees of Memory - "We Are Siamese" (Official Video)

Superdrag - "Do the Vampire"



Comments (5)

Superdrag, great band! They always had that MBV warble in their songs. Here is one from their first album:

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2014 5:12 PM

Superdrag literally changed my life for the better. Back in the 90s when I thought life wasn't so great, and I had bouts of depression and relationship woes, in came Superdrag. And from hearing John and Brandon's music, and in meeting them while they were on tour as part of Superdrag, it means a lot to know they're still at it.

Such incredible music. Such nice guys. I could write a lot more, but I'll leave by saying..."Valley" really changed my life. "Ambulance Driver" made me sigh and maybe cry.


Posted by Greg Lucid | July 28, 2014 11:56 PM

John Davis is a fucking rock star. GREAT track.

Posted by Ben High | July 29, 2014 2:41 AM

Probably the most overlooked band of the mid-nineties, up there as one of the alt-power-pop greats w/ FoW, =W=, and BF5

Posted by The All-knowing Authority on Pop Music | July 29, 2014 3:43 PM

For fans of John Davis, Superdrag and The Lees of Memory - check out an in-depth podcast interview on the Dig Me Out Podcast at

Posted by Dig Me Out Podcast | February 24, 2015 5:56 PM

Leave a Comment