Indie rock icon Bob Mould is prepping the follow-up to 2016's Patch the Sky, which his label has promised comes from "a more personal place." The album, Sunshine Rock, was recorded after Mould moved to Berlin two years ago and it was greatly influenced by the darkness that emerged following the 2016 election of Pres. Donald Trump.
"Almost four years ago, I made plans for an extended break,” Mould said in a statement about the album, which is due out on Merge Records on Feb. 8. “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.” The transformation he underwent inspired the title of the album as well as the numerous references to "sun" (27 in 37 minutes) that appear on the album.