Bob Mould has released “Forecast of Rain,” a new song from his upcoming album Blue Hearts.
On the powerful track, which ends with the unmistakable sound of church organs, the veteran songwriter grapples with how those who profess to be religious support what seems to be antithetical to their faith.
In a statement, he wrote: “I recognize the importance of religion for those who believe: the worship, the rituals, the community; loving thy neighbor, following commandments, doing unto others as you would have them do unto you. In short, be nice to people, help however you can, and don’t steal stuff.
“But right now, I’m having a hard time understanding how certain religious sectarians can support the behavior 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.”
“Forecast of Rain” follows Blue Hearts’ blistering first single “American Crisis,” which gives a preview of the social ills Mould decries on the record, which will be his 14th as a solo artist. The album is out in full on September 25.
Hear “Forecast of Rain” below: