Bob Mould

Legendary singer-songwriter-guitarist-bandleader Bob Mould has announced the release of an explosive new album. Mould’s 14th solo LP, Blue Hearts – which follows last year’s critically acclaimed Sunshine Rock – is heralded by a provocative first single. “‘American Crisis’ is a tale of two times,” says Mould. “Past Time and Present Time. The parallels between 1984 and 2020 are a bit scary for me: telegenic, charismatic leaders, praised and propped up by extreme Evangelicals, either ignoring an epidemic (HIV/AIDS) or being outright deceitful about a pandemic (COVID-19).”

Blue Hearts is perhaps the most directly confrontational work of Bob Mould’s four-decade career, a raging 14-track collection described by its creator as “the catchiest batch of protest songs I’ve ever written in one sitting.” Produced by Mould at Chicago’s famed Electrical Audio with longtime collaborator Beau Sorenson engineering, the album – which once again features backing from the crack rhythm section of drummer Jon Wurster and bassist Jason Narducy – nods to the veteran singer-songwriter’s groundbreaking past while remaining firmly planted in the issues of the day.

Where Sunshine Rock captured Mould at his most “violently happy” (according to Rolling Stone), Blue Hearts is both seething and pointed, the raging yin to the previous album’s positive yang. The acoustic opener, “Heart on My Sleeve” catalogues the ravages of climate change, while “American Crisis” – written initially for Sunshine Rock but deemed “too heavy” by its writer – spits plainspoken fire at the people who fomented this catastrophic moment in history: “I never thought I’d see this bullshit again / To come of age in the ’80s was bad enough / We were marginalized and demonized / I watched a lot of my generation die / Welcome back to American crisis.”

Elsewhere, the political and personal collide on songs like “Everyth!ng to You,” “The Ocean,” and the salaciously autobiographical “Leather Dreams,” the latter two composed earlier this year during an epic three-day writing binge prior to January 2020’s sold-out Solo Electric tour. As volatile, hook-laden, and aggressively honest as anything in Mould’s remarkable canon, Blue Hearts is fueled by a pervasive sense of déjà vu, its angry anthems of today equally informed by his experiences and memories of the early 1980s. Back then, Mould was a self-described “22-year-old closeted gay man” touring with the one and only Hüsker Dü as AIDS consumed his community. Leaders – including the one in the White House – seemed content to let the epidemic kill a generation. No wonder Bob Mould found his mind wandering back…

“We have a charismatic, telegenic, say-anything leader being propped up by evangelicals,” he says. “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.”

Past Shows


Oct
29
th
2023
Turf Club
Oct
29
th
2023
Turf Club

Bob Mould ( Solo Electric )

with Jason Narducy
Oct
28
th
2023
The Cedar Cultural Center
Oct
28
th
2023
The Cedar Cultural Center

Bob Mould ( Solo Electric )

with Jason Narducy
Apr
19
th
2017
Turf Club
Apr
19
th
2017
Turf Club

Bob Mould

with LOTT
Apr
18
th
2017
Turf Club
Apr
18
th
2017
Turf Club

Bob Mould

with FURY THINGS
Apr
17
th
2017
Turf Club
Apr
17
th
2017
Turf Club

Bob Mould

with KYLE WERSTEIN of Fury Things (solo)
Apr
23
rd
2016
Mainroom
Apr
23
rd
2016
Mainroom

Bob Mould

with The Suicide Commandos and FURY THINGS
Apr
22
nd
2016
Mainroom
Apr
22
nd
2016
Mainroom

Bob Mould

with The Suicide Commandos and FURY THINGS
Apr
21
st
2016
Turf Club
Apr
21
st
2016
Turf Club
Jan
31
st
2015
Mainroom
Jan
31
st
2015
Mainroom

Bob Mould

with FURY THINGS
Jan
30
th
2015
Mainroom
Jan
30
th
2015
Mainroom

Bob Mould

with FURY THINGS
Aug
31
st
2014
7th St Entry
Aug
31
st
2014
7th St Entry

Bob Mould

with FURY THINGS
Mar
4
th
2014
The Assembly at the Woman’s Club
Mar
4
th
2014
The Assembly at the Woman’s Club

Bob Mould

with Paul Metzger
Sep
15
th
2012
Mainroom
Sep
15
th
2012
Mainroom

Bob Mould

with All Eyes West

More Shows

Jul
19
th
Fine Line

November Ultra

May
5
th
The Fitzgerald Theater

Cory Henry

May
10
th
Turf Club

METZ

with Gouge Away
Oct
2
nd
Fine Line

Yard Act