Bob Mould buries disillusion under massive guitar crunch on his new song “What Do You Want Me to Do.” The track appears on the former Hüsker Dü frontman’s upcoming LP, Sunshine Rock, out February 8th. “You always find a way to put all the blame on me,” Mould shouts over widescreen chords during the power-pop chorus, building to a cathartic guitar solo.
In a statement, Mould called the song a “quick take on shaky relationships, coincidental debauchery and the emptiness that typically follows such follies.” He paired the cut with an in-studio video interview discussing his latest recording sessions and the intensity of his live shows.
“The recording studio is a sacred and fragile place, and I’ve always been protective of the environment,” Mould tells Rolling Stone. “While producing other bands, I’ve seen how easy it is for someone or something to change or upset the vibe of a session.
“I’ve never allowed cameras into my sessions – until now,” he adds. “Maybe it was summoning the confidence to break my decades-long rule, maybe it was the collective comfort level of the band, maybe it was the tick tick ticking of the master clock on the wall – but I’m glad we captured a few hours of performance and interview.”
Sunshine Rock, Mould’s 12th solo project under his own name, follows 2015’s Patch the Sky. He recently issued the new record’s optimistic title-track, which he said in a statement “set the tone for the direction of the album.”
“I’ve heard this thing about ‘guitars are dead’ at least five times, and they always seem to come back,” he added, detailing his creative headspace behind the release. “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.”
Mould will promote Sunshine Rock with a North American tour that launches February 14th in Washington D.C. and runs through early April.