Bob Mould has got another track to share from his fourteenth solo album Blue Hearts, which is out on September 25th.
Forecast Of Rain is Mould reflecting on the conflicts with religion he’s wrestled with since an early age, and follows the LP’s lead American Crisis. “As a child, my mother took me to Sunday Mass,” he says. “I’ve written many songs around religion. In the 2000s, I went back to the Catholic Church for three years – but I did not find my place.”
“I recognise the importance of religion for those who believe: the worship, the rituals, the community; loving thy neighbour, 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 behaviour 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.”