When the group, then a trio, got started in 1996 -- multi-instrumentalist Justin Destroyer was just 20 years old -- the band called itself El Guapo and traded in punk-funk-electro brash, landing a deal with Washington, D.C. punk institution Dischord Records. But, thanks to threats from a Chicago-area band that had trademarked the El Guapo name first, the addition of ex-Orthrelm drummer Josh Blair, and, well, annoyance with the generic name, the quartet rechristened itself Supersystem. Its new moniker fits the tunes on its Touch & Go debut, Always Never Again. Resembling a less-confrontational version of labelmates !!! -- and, by default, that band's offshoot, Out Hud -- Again boasts beats straight from '80s arcade games grooving alongside a dash of Chic bass lines and a hint of post-punk corrugated riffs.
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