“What A Time To Be Alive” MERGE

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Fe­bru­ary 16. In­deed, like so much of Superchunk’s mu­sic in the band’s nearly three decades to­gether, the songs on What a Time to Be Alive meet rage and anx­i­ety head-on with the cathar­sis and ex­hil­a­ra­tion of loud punk fire and vul­ner­a­ble pop en­ergy. Like 2013’s I Hate Mu­sic, which fo­cused on death, loss, and the role of mu­sic in an aging life, the new record brings spirit to the front­lines of pain—it’s as de­fi­ant as it is de­spair­ing, as much a call to arms as a throw­ing up of hands. The record fea­tures more guest back­ing vo­cal­ists than any pre­vi­ous Superchunk al­bum, in­clud­ing Sab­rina El­lis (A Gi­ant Dog, Sweet Spirit), Katie Crutch­field (Wax­a­hatchee), Stephin Mer­ritt ( The Mag­netic Fields), Sky­lar Gu­dasz, and David Bazan. “Part of that was want­ing a feel­ing of com­mu­nity,” says Mac. “I think that’s im­por­tant to not be com­pletely bummed out about every­thing all the time.”

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