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Superchunk prep ‘What a Time to Be Alive,’ share title track, touring in 2018 w/ Swearin’

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Superchunk will release new album What a Time to Be Alive on February 16 via Merge — it’s the band’s first in four years. Like with recent single “Break the Glass” (which is on the LP), the album dives headfirst into the current sociopolitical climate, and was mostly written between the 2016 election and Trump’s inauguration. “The album is about a lot of things of course but mainly dealing with anxiety and worse in the face of incipient authoritarianism,” says frontman Mac McCaughan and is “about a pretty dire and depressing situation but hopefully not a record that is dire and depressing to listen to.”

The record also features some guest vocalists: David Bazan (Pedro the Lion), Sabrina Ellis (A Giant Dog, Sweet Spirit), Katie Crutchfield (Waxahatchee), Stephin Merritt (The Magnetic Fields), and Skylar Gudasz. The first single is the album’s strident title track which is typically catch as you’d expect from Superchunk. Watch the lyric video for that, and check out the LP’s artwork and tracklist, below.

The band will also be on tour in 2018, including February dates with Bat Fangs and April dates with Swearin’ (who are officially back after Allison Crutchfield focused on her solo career). The latter includes two shows at Bowery Ballroom on April 7 & 8. Tickets for those shows go on AmEx presale today (11/8) at noon, and go on sale to the general public on Friday, November 10 at noon. All dates are listed below.

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Superchunk – 2018 Tour
Feb 15 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
Feb 17 Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
Feb 21 San Diego, CA – The Casbah*
Feb 22 Los Angeles, CA – The Moroccan Lounge*
Feb 23 Los Angeles, CA – The Teragram Ballroom*
Feb 24 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall @ Noise Pop Festival*
Feb 26 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios*
Feb 27 Seattle, WA – Neumos*
Feb 28 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre*
Apr 03 Washington, DC – Black Cat^
Apr 04 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer^
Apr 06 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair^
Apr 07 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom^
Apr 08 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom^
Apr 26 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
Apr 27 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Apr 28 Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle
* w/ Bat Fangs
^ w/ Swearin’

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