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Superchunk Share New Song “Erasure” Featuring Stephin Merritt and Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield

What a Time to Be Alive Due Out February 16 via Merge

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Superchunk are releasing a new album, What a Time to Be Alive, on February 16 via Merge. Previously they shared a lyric video for its title track. Now they have shared another song from the album, “Erasure,” which features the guest vocals of Stephin Merritt (The Magnetic Fields) and Katie Crutchfield (Waxahatchee). They have also announced some European tour dates. Check out the song and dates below.

As its title suggests, the album is partly inspired by America’s current political situation (as we hit the one-year anniversary of the election of President Donald Trump). Frontman Mac McCaughan had this to say about What a Time to Be Alive in a previous press release: “The album is about a lot of things of course but mainly dealing with anxiety and worse in the face of incipient authoritarianism…. [It’s a record] about a pretty dire and depressing situation but hopefully not a record that is dire and depressing to listen to.”

McCaughan later added: “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.”

The album also features backing vocals from Sabrina Ellis (A Giant Dog, Sweet Spirit), Skylar Gudasz, and David Bazan. “Part of that was wanting a feeling of community,” McCaughan explained. “I think that’s important to not be completely bummed out about everything all the time.”

Superchunk also features Jim Wilbur, Jon Wurster, and Laura Balance. The band’s last album was 2013’s I Hate Music.

Superchunk Tour Dates:

Feb 15 Baltimore, MD - Ottobar* (SOLD OUT)
Feb 17 Richmond, VA - The Broadberry*
Feb 21 San Diego, CA - The Casbah*
Feb 22 Los Angeles, CA - The Moroccan Lounge* (SOLD OUT)
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* (SOLD OUT)
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^ (SOLD OUT)
Apr 07 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom^ (SOLD OUT)
Apr 08 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom^ (SOLD OUT)
Apr 26 Atlanta, GA - Terminal West#
Apr 27 Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle#
Apr 28 Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle#
May 25 Madrid, ES - Tomavistas Festival
May 27 Glasgow, UK - Stereo
May 28 Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
May 29 London, UK - ULU
May 31 Paris, FR - Maroquinerie
Jun 01 Kortrijk, BE - De Kreun
Jun 02 Berlin, DE - Quasimodo

* w/ Bat Fangs
^ w/ Swearin’
# w/ The Rock*A*Teens

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