Published Nov 08, 2017After returning with a pair of singles this year, Superchunk have now revealed their first new full-length album in more than four years.
Titled What a Time to Be Alive, the record will arrive February 16 through Merge. The record was written between November 2016 and February 2017, recorded and mixed by Beau Sorenson. The album also includes guest vocalist contributions from Katie Crutchfield, Stephin Merritt, Sabrina Ellis (A Giant Dog, Sweet Spirit), Skylar Gudasz, and David Bazan.
"The album is about a lot of things of course but mainly dealing with anxiety and worse in the face of incipient authoritarianism," the band's Mac McCaughan said in a statement, "It's a record about a pretty dire and depressing situation but hopefully not a record that is dire and depressing to listen to."
Following the previously released "I Got Cut" and "Break the Glass," the band have now shared a lyric video for the record's title track, which you can find below.
They've also mapped out a string of tour dates for 2018, with a lone Canadian stop bringing them to Vancouver on February 28. The tour, however, will feature Jason Narducy on bass instead of longtime four-stringer Laura Ballance. You'll find all the dates below as well.
What a Time to Be Alive:
1. What a Time to Be Alive
2. Lost My Brain
3. Break the Glass
4. Bad Choices
5. Dead Photographers
7. I Got Cut
8. Reagan Youth
9. Cloud of Hate
10. All for You
11. Black Thread
02/15 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar*
02/17 Richmond, VA – The Broadberry*
02/21 San Diego, CA – The Casbah*
02/22 Los Angeles, CA – The Moroccan Lounge*
02/23 Los Angeles, CA – The Teragram Ballroom*
02/24 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall @ Noise Pop Festival*
02/26 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios*
02/27 Seattle, WA – Neumos*
02/28 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre*
04/03 Washington, DC – Black Cat^
04/04 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer^
04/06 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair^
04/07 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom^
04/08 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom^
04/26 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
04/27 Carrboro, NC – Cat's Cradle
04/28 Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle
* with Bat Fangs
^ with Swearin'