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Bob Mould previews new album with second single "Forecast of Rain"

14 July 2020, 10:50 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Bob Mould has released new track "Forecast of Rain" as the second taster of his forthcoming LP Blue Hearts.

"Forecast of Rain" is the second single to be lifted from Mould's upcoming 14th solo album, landing after last month's lead outing "American Crisis".

Mould says of his new track, "As a child, my mother took me to Sunday Mass. I’ve written many songs around religion. In the 2000s, I went back to the Catholic Church for three years – but I did not find my place."

"I recognise the importance of religion for those who believe: the worship, the rituals, the community; loving thy neighboir, following commandments, doing unto others as you would have them do unto you," Mould continues. "In short, be nice to people, help however you can, and don’t steal stuff."

He adds, "But right now, I’m having a hard time understanding how certain religious sectarians can support the behaviour of those who occupy the People’s House. How can you endorse their disregard for truth? How can you tolerate the incessant vindictiveness? How can you stand by your man while people are teargassed to clear a path to the Lord’s House? I’m not good at quoting scripture, but I can manage two words: Jesus wept."

Blue Hearts will follow on from Mould's 2019 LP Sunshine Rock. The new album was produced by Mould at Chicago’s Electrical Audio with longtime collaborator Beau Sorenson engineering.

Of his forthcoming album, Mould explains, "We have a charismatic, telegenic, say-anything leader being propped up by evangelicals. These fuckers tried to kill me once. They didn’t do it. They scared me. I didn’t do enough. Guess what? I’m back, and we’re back here again. And I’m not going to sit quietly this time and worry about alienating anyone."

"Forecast of Rain" is out now. Bob Mould's Blue Hearts album lands 25 September via Merge Records, and is available to pre-order now.
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