Superturtle began life as a solo recording project for former Figure 60 and Chainsaw Masochist bass player Darren McShane. The first two demos were playlisted on 95BFM under the name " Moonpopper " with both songs reaching the BFM top 10.
The first album To The Rescue released in 2008, showcased the formative process of Superturtle with recording sessions fitted in between McShane's "day job", as engineer and producer at Earwig Studios, an all analogue recording studio in Birkenhead , Auckland , New Zealand.
First single , "All Our Friends" screened on Juice , C4 , Stratos , Cue , and Triangle and on Air New Zealand flights. Various tracks were played on BFM's New Zealand music show , as well as National Radio and Radio Live. Kiwi FM also playlisted Superturtle on an ongoing basis, and " Free Ride", "Lifes a Dream ", "Dead Or Alive" and " Sad Sack " all making the top 10.
The sophomore album , About The Sun , was released on Sarang Bang Records with distribution and marketing by Ode Records.
April 2013 saw the release of Superturtle's third album Beat Manifesto , released on vinyl with a CD enclosed.
Praise for Superturtle:
BeatManifesto is clever and quirky and damn, there are some fine tunes here. It’s all so familiar – and yet you don’t know any of these songs, even though DownDown Down, Lost In The Herd Again, Because Ya Said So and Happy Pills all feel like songs that should/could have been hits.
Simon Sweetman , Blog on the tracks July 26th 2013
Listen to the album again and realise you're singing along .Standouts are the New Wave Bowie-style You're Gonna Get There Too and the blindingly catchy Cause Ya Said So .
James Belfield , Sunday Star*Times May 12th 2013
All I can say is "Wow!". Since receiving the LP Beat Manifesto for review I have played it constantly.We don't usually give scores for albums at Muzic.net.nz but if we did, this would be 9/10. Nice!
Tony McDonald muzic.net.nz 27th May 2013
Super is indeed a super suffix for a band .. think of Supergrass and the Furry Animals in particular, acts whose names match the quality of their output. To this ever-expanding list add Superturtle from Auckland, Aotearoa. Cause Ya Said So is gloriously direct, Happy Pills has a delicious and bewitching chorus, and there's no shortage of dreamy hooks and riffs on Lost in the Herd Again.
Craig Haggis Porky Prime Cuts May 22, 2013
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