Superchunk will release I Hate Music, their tenth studio album, on August 20. The band has also announced tour dates throughout the late summer and fall.
After taking nearly a decade off following the release of Here’s to Shutting Up, Mac, Laura, Jon, and Jim decided to shout it out again in 2010 with Majesty Shredding, an album perfectly described by its own title. It’s a celebratory set of whoa-whoa-whoas from a group so thrilled by making music together again that they can’t contain themselves.
The band’s forthcoming release, I Hate Music, is Majesty’s dark twin. It’s similarly aggressive—often moreso (see “Staying Home”)—and every bit as energetic. It reflects the joys of a life spent immersed in music (“Me & You & Jackie Mittoo,” “Trees of Barcelona”), but there’s a dark undercurrent as well. That title isn’t tongue-in-cheek, but it’s really more a question than a statement: When you’re 20, lazy co-workers and romantic missteps number among your biggest worries; two decades later, life’s bigger questions knock louder and louder, demanding answers.
I Hate Music is an album about love more than anything else: love of life, love of living, love of people, and yeah, love of music. It defies its own title so completely and diligently that it never even seems like a fair fight: There’s no pain this deep or yearning this severe without the type of love earned over a lifetime. “I hate music – what is it worth? / Can’t bring anyone back to this earth” goes the first line in “Me & You & Jackie Mittoo.” That song and its ten companions can’t relive the past or resurrect those lost, but they can keep them close enough to see and hear and celebrate. It’s dark in here, but if we conjure the right words and sounds, maybe we’ll find our way out.
I Hate Music will be released on CD, LP and digital. The limited-edition deluxe LP will be pressed on colored vinyl and include a bonus 7-inch containing two non-album tracks, along with an I Hate Music stencil. Both the standard and deluxe LPs will be issued on 150-gram vinyl and feature a die-cut sleeve.
I Hate Music track listing:
2. Me & You & Jackie Mittoo
4. Staying Home
5. Low F
6. Trees of Barcelona
7. Breaking Down
8. Out of the Sun
9. Your Theme
11. What Can We Do
Superchunk on tour:
# w/ Spider Bags
Jun 20 Calgary, AB – Sled Island @ Republik
Aug 22 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
Aug 23 Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle
Aug 24 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Sep 02 Seattle, WA – Bumbershoot
Sep 03 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Sep 04 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
Sep 06 Portland, OR – MusicFestNW @ Crystal Ballroom
Sep 23 Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater#
Sep 24 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer#
Sep 26 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club#
Sep 27 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom#
Sep 28 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom#
Sep 29 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club#