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Laura Jane Ballance (born February 22, 1968) is the bassist in the rock band Superchunk and co-founder of Merge Records along with Mac McCaughan.[1][2][3] In 2013 she announced that she would no longer be touring with the band due to her worsening hyperacusis.

Laura Ballance
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Background information
Birth nameLaura Jane Ballance
Born (1968-02-22) February 22, 1968 (age 51)
OriginNorth Carolina
Genresalternative rock
Years active1989-present
(with superchunk)
LabelsMerge Records (co-founder)
Matador Records
Associated actsSuperchunk
Performing live with Superchunk: Carrboro, North Carolina - 2006


Musical HistoryEdit

Despite her hyperacusis and announcement that she will no longer be touring with the band, she has remained in Superchunk since 1989. Their latest album is What a Time to Be Alive, released in February 2018.

Merge RecordsEdit

In 1989, Ballance alongside her then boyfriend and band mate Mac McCaughan, founded Merge Records for releases from Superchunk and similar artists. Ballance has also contributed to the book Our Noise - The Story of Merge Records (2009) with Mac McCaughan and John Cook.

Personal lifeEdit

Ballance lives in Durham, North Carolina with her husband and daughter.


  1. ^ Downes, Catherine (2001-11-01). "Tiny Bombs - Page 1 - Music - Dallas". Dallas Observer. Retrieved 2012-02-19.
  2. ^ [1] Archived February 5, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Cook, John (2009). Our noise: the story of Merge Records, the indie label that got big and stayed small. Algonquin Books. ISBN 1-56512-624-6.