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Superchunk - What a Time to be Alive

by Jack Kiser Rating:8 Release Date:2018-02-16
Superchunk - What a Time to be Alive
Superchunk - What a Time to be Alive

Superchunk is approaching 30 years of solid content and collaboration, yet they still find ways to remain relevant. To say that this North Carolinian is politically cognitive would not do the band’s mantra justice. They are conscious of their visible surroundings, yet are still able to willfully channel it in a playful demeanor. Their college rock attitude was the heartbeat of the 90’s, working with pioneering trailblazers like Guided by Voices, Sebadoh, and Built to Spill. They still possess a pure D.I.Y. spirit and still keep their promise to remain true to themselves.

As stated previously, the spirit of the college rock radio was alive in the late 80s and 90s. The premium sound that dominated the airwaves was mainly lo-fidelity but socially cognitive. It was infectious, wild, and downright sinister. The development of this rustic subgenre started off minuscule but soon took over with its high strung position. Superchunk is no stranger to this. Their self-titled debut shattered on many levels and they still continued to progress. These days it seems kind of a pejorative to call an alum “political” these days, but their 11th project, What a Time to be Alive, is remarkably sensible.

Their most recent effort may be shorter than demanded, but the tenacity hasn’t subsided. The self-titled opening track is blistering hot, with wicked guitar swirls and dominant female presence. Along with their fervent entrance, they also had some great features, like the track “Erasure.” Katie Crutchfield from Waxahatchee and Stephen Merrit of the Magnetic Fields even showed up for emotionally launching composition. While it is only 32 minutes, I am a huge fan of all the tracks here. This will be a contender for album of the year and will be considered a remarkable favorite for many years to come. 

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