There are musical acts where just on first listen, you can tell how much they enjoy what they’re doing – acts like Superchunk. The nineties alt-rock outfit (who also founded indie imprint Merge Records) is now on their third reunion record, What a Time To Be Alive, and it’s another purely enjoyable release by a band that’s enjoying making music.
Kicking off with the title track, “What a Time To Be Alive” sounds more like kids making their upbeat debut than veterans. Superchunk have long been able to have fun, but also be interesting, and are so on songs such as “Time”, “Bad Choices” (of course Superchunk would have a song about bad choices…), and “Reagan Youth”, a call out to all the eighties punk kids (like them). What a Time To Be Alive is a straightforward alt-rock record (hopefully “Dead Photographers” isn’t about concert photogs like QRO’s…), which is exactly what it should be.
Superchunk’s last record was 2013’s I Hate Music (QRO review), an ironic title even then, considering how much the band is involved in music (not just theirs, but others’). Indeed, there are few who seem to love music more than Superchunk.