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“Watching Jason was the first time I thought I could start my own band, and write my own kind of music,” Dave Grohl says. “Jason totally set my life in this new direction. It wasn’t a Jimmy Page or KISS poster I had – it was fuckin’ him!” The Foo Fighters frontman is referring to Jason Narducy, not a household name by any means but an indie rock journeyman. Narducy has spent time with some of the underground’s most heralded outfits: Bob Mould, Guided By Voices, and Superchunk, among others. Following a break from playing in Mould’s band, Narducy put together a bunch of original songs that he had been kicking around. He then called two of his closest friends in the music world–Britt Daniel (Spoon, Divine Fits) and Jon Wurster (the Mountain Goats, Superchunk)–to flesh out the sound.
The team-up is billed as Split Single, and Narducy approached their debut, Fragmented World, more like a fun weekend recording project than an actual band. “There was no time to second guess,” Daniel says. “I haven’t made a record that fast in the last fifteen years!” You can easily hear the energy bouncing around the room, and the arrangements are sharp and snappy, perfectly matched with songs that blend classic power-pop melodies and indie’s noisier roots. “Waiting For The Sun” kicks the record off with moody intensity, building a small orchestra in the verses before exploding into catharsis on the chorus. Side projects are a great way to hear musicians let their hair down a bit, but Split Single is more than that: it’s a great introduction to a veteran underground hero.