Superchunk will release their new full-length Wild Loneliness on February 25, via Merge Records. The LP was recorded at home in North Carolina during lockdown and mixed by Wally Gagel (Here’s Where the Strings Come In). Lead single “Endless Summer,” featuring the harmonies of Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake and Raymond McGinley.
Superchunk embark on a North American tour in support of Wild Loneliness in late February, and tickets go on sale this Friday, December 10, at 10am local time. Laura Ballance plays bass on the album, and the live Superchunk lineup will continue as Mac McCaughan, Jim Wilbur, and Jon Wurster, with Jason Narducy on bass.
Superchunk’s Mac McCaughan on the new track:
“Endless Summer” was written on New Year’s Day 2020 which was unseasonably warm here in North Carolina. Of course, by the time we recorded it, “endless summer” had other meanings… The 7” sleeve features Roe Ethridge’s beautiful photos of broken beach umbrellas which capture the vibe of the song perfectly.
In addition to McGinley and Blake, Wild Loneliness features guest spots from Sharon Van Etten, R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, Wye Oak’s Andy Stack, Tracyanne Campbell of Camera Obscura, Owen Pallett, Kelly Pratt, and Franklin Bruno.
The band gave an advance listen of the new album to poet and Superchunk fan Maggie Smith; here’s what she wrote:
Like every record Superchunk has made over the last thirty-some years, Wild Loneliness is unskippably excellent and infectious. It’s a blend of stripped-down and lush, electric and acoustic, highs and lows, and I love it all. On Wild Loneliness I hear echoes of Come Pick Me Up, Here’s to Shutting Up, and Majesty Shredding. After the (ahem, completely justifiable) anger of What a Time to Be Alive, this new record is less about what we’ve lost in these harrowing times and more about what we have to be thankful for.
Feb 25 Winston-Salem, NC – Ramkat*
Feb 26 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle*
Mar 01 Washington, DC – Black Cat*
Mar 02 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer*
Mar 03 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel*
Mar 04 Holyoke, MA – Gateway City Arts*
Mar 05 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club*
Mar 07 Toronto, ON – Axis Club^
Mar 08 Detroit, MI – El Club^
Mar 09 Chicago, IL – Metro^
Mar 11 Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl^
Mar 12 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West^
Apr 04 Seattle, WA – Neumos%
Apr 05 Portland, OR – Revolution Hall%
Apr 07 San Francisco, CA – Independent#
Apr 09 Pioneertown, CA – Pappy and Harriet’s#
Apr 10 Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom#
* w/ TORRES
^ w/ Wednesday
% w/ Quasi
# w/ Mike Krol
Pre-order Wild Loneliness by Superchunk HERE