Superchunk Announces Angry New Album ‘What a Time to Be Alive’
Superchunk is set to release their angriest record yet, What a Time to Be Alive, on Feb. 16 via Merge Records. You can watch the lyric video for the title track above.
"There’s a lot to talk about right now that is occupying our minds, and it feels like a good time to yell about it," bassist Laura Ballance told the AV Club. "It’s not a time when I think any artist can afford the luxury of staying politically neutral, in order to maintain their fanbase. I feel like what’s happening is more important than that."
Nonetheless, frontman Mac McCaughan says calling What a Time to Be Alive a political record may be misleading. "It implies that you are offering some solutions or that you’re writing a white paper, like, 'Here’s what we should do about this,'" he said. "Where it’s really more about how do you be a person in the world when all this is going on and still have a life, and I think a lot of people are learning that."
What a Time to Be Alive was mixed by Beau Sorenson, and features a host of backing vocals by Sabrina Ellis, Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield, Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt, Skylar Gudasz and David Bazan.
The album is available pre-order now on the band's website. Superchunk will also be hitting the road for a North American tour as they release this album, their 12th following 2013's I Hate Music. You can find the track listing and upcoming tour dates below.
'What A Time To Be Alive' Track Listing
“What a Time to Be Alive”
“Lost My Brain”
“Break the Glass”
“I Got Cut”
“Cloud of Hate”
“All For You”
U.S. Tour Dates
Feb. 15 — Baltimore, Maryland — Ottobar
Feb. 17 — Richmond, Virginia — The Broadberry
Feb. 21 — San Diego, California—The Casbah
Feb. 22 — Los Angeles, California — The Moroccan Lounge
Feb. 23 — Los Angeles, California — The Teragram Ballroom
Feb. 24 — San Francisco, California — Great American Music Hall at Noise PopFestival
Feb. 26 — Portland, Oregon — Mississippi Studios
Feb. 27 — Seattle, Washington — Neumos
Feb. 28 — Vancouver, B.C. — Rickshaw Theatre
April 3 — Washington, D.C. — Black Cat
April 4 — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — Union Transfer
April 6 — Cambridge, Massachusetts — The Sinclair
April 7-8 — New York, New York — Bowery Ballroom
April 6 — Atlanta, Georgia — Terminal West
April 7 — Carrboro, North Carolina — Cat’s Cradle