Bob Mould shares “Forecast of Rain” from new album
Bob Mould has shared a second track from his forthcoming album Blue Hearts. While not as obvious of an invective rager as first single "American Crisis," "Forecast of Rain" is no less confrontational and angry, setting its sights on organized religion. "I have a question so simple to answer, won't take long / This love thy neighbor thing: does it apply to all mankind? / or only those who fit neatly inside your narrow lines?" Bob seethingly sings.
Here's Bob's statement on the song:
As a child, my mother took me to Sunday Mass. 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 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.
Listen to "Forecast of Rain" below.
Blue Hearts will be out September 25 via Merge.