Indeed, like so much of Superchunks music in the bands 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 2013s 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 painits 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 thats important to not be completely bummed out about everything all the time.