Bask in Bob Mould’s “Sunshine Rock”

No frills, just guitar and joy.

If you’re having a gloomy day, this new Bob Mould song, aptly titled “Sunshine Rock,” should cheer you right up.

The straightforward tune is radiant in its optimism and love of life. “I’ll reach into the sky / Grab the nearest shooting star / Break it in two / And give my half to you,” Mould sings, buoyed by triumphant strings.

“Sunshine Rock” is the title track of the Hüsker Dü frontman’s next album, which will be out in February. It’s also one of five songs on the new record that reference the sun—a theme that didn’t come about by accident.

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“To go from [2011 autobiography] See a Little Light to the last three albums, two of which were informed by the 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,” Mould said in a press release. “I’m trying to keep things brighter these days as a way to stay alive.”

Moving to Berlin, a city where he’s spent most of the last three years, also helped turn his mood: “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.”

Listen to the song below:

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