Hüsker Dü legend Bob Mould is releasing a new, uncharacteristically sunny album aptly called Sunshine Rock on Feb. 8 via Merge Records. Our Song of the Day is the album’s lead single and title track.
“‘Sunshine Rock’ was such a bright, optimistic song, and once that came together, I knew that would be the title track, and that really set the tone for the direction of the album,” Mould says in a press release. “It was funny, because writing with that as the opener in mind, it was like, ‘This is not Black Sheets Of Rain [1990 solo LP].'”
“To go from [2011 autobiography] See A Little Light to the last three albums, two of which were informed by loss of each parent, respectively, at some point I had to put a Post-It note on my workstation and say, ‘Try to think about good things,'” Mould explains. “Otherwise I could really go down a long, dark hole. I’m trying to keep things brighter these days as a way to stay alive.”
Sunshine Rock follows 2016’s Patch the Sky. Mould will embark on a tour behind the album in February, with a date in Seattle on Saturday, April 6 at Neumos. Below, watch Bob Mould’s 2016 KEXP in-studio performance.