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Yet Bob Mould calls his new album Sunshine Rock.
It's not because Mould - whose face belongs on the Mount Rushmore of alternative music - likes the current administration. His decision to write to the sunshine," as he describes it, comes from a more personal place - a place found in Berlin, Germany, where he's spent the majority of the last three years. Here Mould would draw inspiration from the new environments.
"Almost four years ago, I made plans for an extended break,? Mould explains. ?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."
These three years in Berlin would quite literally shed new light on Mould's everyday mindset.
"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," he says. "I'm trying to keep things brighter these days as a way to stay alive."
Maybe that cliché about great art coming from strife could be true - but who would've guessed it'd be called Sunshine Rock?
"Sunshine Rock is one helluva way to wrap up the busiest decade of my career," he shares. "The autobiography, the Disney Hall tribute show, reissues of several albums from my catalog, three current rock band albums, several world tours, and now this new album - I'm humbled and grateful to still be making new music while celebrating my lifetime songbook."
Merge Records will release Sunshine Rock on February 8, 2019.