Available via Merge Records (the label founded by Superchunk’s own Mac McCaughan), it serves as the band’s 11th studio effort and follow-up to I Hate Music from 2013. Special guest collaborators such as Katie Crutchfield (Waxahatchee), Stephin Merritt (The Magnetic Fields), Sabrina Ellis (A Giant Dog), and David Bazan appear throughout the course of the album’s 11 tracks.
What a Time to Be Alive — not to be confused with Drake’s mixtape of the same name — was written almost entirely between November 2016 and February 2017, right around the same time of the now-infamous US election that put Donald Trump in power. The record is said to reflect on those politically turbulent months.
“It would be strange to be in a band, at least our band, and make a record that completely ignored the surrounding circumstances that we live in and that our kids are going to grow up in,” McCaughan notes in a press statement. He goes on to describe the album as “about a pretty dire and depressing situation but hopefully not a record that is dire and depressing to listen to.”
To coincide with the release of the LP, Superchunk will launch a North American tour later this week.
What a Time to Be Alive Artwork:
What a Time to Be Alive Tracklist:
01. What a Time to Be Alive
02. Lost My Brain
03. Break the Glass
04. Bad Choices
05. Dead Photographers
07. I Got Cut
08. Reagan Youth
09. Cloud of Hate
10. All for You
11. Black Thread