Bob Mould announces new album, Sunshine Rock, shares title track: Stream

Plus, the alt-rock veteran has lined up 2019 tour dates across North America and Europe

Bob Mould, photo by Alicia J Rose
Bob Mould, photo by Alicia J Rose

    On February 8th, Bob Mould is set to return with a new solo album called Sunshine Rock. Due via Merge Records, it’s his 13th solo album to date and first since 2016’s Patch the Sky.

    The forthcoming effort finds the Hüsker Dü rocker incorporating more hope and light into his work, following a series of LPs that skewed toward the somber and morose. Mould drew much of his inspiration from his new surroundings, an apartment in Berlin which he began to call home.

    “Almost four years ago, I made plans for an extended break,” Mould explained in a press statement. “I started spending time in Berlin in 2015, found an apartment in 2016, and became a resident in 2017. My time in Berlin has been a life changing experience. The winter days are long and dark, but when the sun comes back, all spirits lift.”


    He elaborated further on his decision to leave the darkness behind him. “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 work station and say, ‘Try to think about good things.’ Otherwise I could really go down a long, dark hole,” said Mould. “I’m trying to keep things brighter these days as a way to stay alive.”

    Mould also envisioned Sunshine Rock as a means to get back to the days of great rock albums:

    “I’ve heard this thing about ‘guitars are dead’ at least five times, and they always seem to come back. For better or worse, this is what I do. I think there’s a lot of people trying to aspire to make great albums. That’s really what this is about: trying to make great rock albums for people because there’s not that many anymore.”

    Sunshine Rock was produced by Mould himself, with recording taking place at Tiny Telephone and Tiny Telephone B in California’s Bay Area. Longtime touring musicians and collaborators Jason Narducy (Split Single, Verboten) and Jon Wurster (Superchunk, the Mountain Goats) contributed throughout on bass and drums, respectively.


    To tease the album, Mould has shared the title track, which ended up setting the scene for the rest of his songwriting sessions. “‘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 noted. “It was funny, because writing with that as the opener in mind, it was like, ‘This is not Black Sheets of Rain,'” referring to his melancholy 1990 solo album.

    Take a listen below.

    Sunshine Rock Artwork:

    Sunshine Rock Tracklist:
    01. Sunshine Rock
    02. What Do You Want Me to Do
    03. Sunny Love Song
    04. Thirty Dozen Roses
    05. The Final Years
    06. Irrational Poison
    07. I Fought
    08. Sin King
    09. Lost Faith
    10. Camp Sunshine
    11. Send Me a Postcard
    12. Western Sunset

    In support, Mould has mapped out a North American and European tour for 2019.

    Bob Mould 2019 Tour Dates:
    02/14 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
    02/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
    02/16 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
    02/18 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
    02/19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
    02/21 – New York, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
    02/22 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
    02/23 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
    02/25 – Ft. Collins, CO @ Washington’s
    02/26 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
    03/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
    03/02 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
    03/08 – Hamburg, DE @ Gruenspan
    03/09 – Berlin, DE @ Columbia Theater
    03/11 – Dusseldorf, DE @ Zakk
    03/12 – Leuven, BE @ Het Depot
    03/14 – London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
    03/15 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
    03/16 – Edinburgh, UK @ The Liquid Rooms
    03/17 – Manchester, UK @ Academy 2
    03/30 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Palace
    03/31 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
    04/02 – Dallas, TX @ Granada
    04/03 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
    04/05 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
    04/06 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
    04/07 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw


    Mould also spoke about the album during a recent appearance on Kyle Meredith With…, which you can stream below.

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