Bob Mould is set to release his latest full-length solo album Sunshine Rock on Merge Records on February 8. This album is his most radiant and most of the optimism found in the music is due to his time as a resident of Berlin, Germany, where he's spent the majority of the last three years. Today, Mould offers fans the rare opportunity to understand his deep connection to the city with a documentary style video titled Berlin.
"In Berlin, you can be whoever you want," Mould expresses in the video. He describes all of the varying personalities he can entertain within just one day due to the colorfulness of a city that he finds so alluring. Mould goes on to share memories of touring Germany in the 1980's, his favorite three hour acoustic solo performance there at a church in 1991, his love for the gay community and the legacy of the original punk scene of Schöneberg (the Kiez in which he resides), as well as other personal anecdotes of daily routines and rituals that are always key to his creative process. "After three years, I still feel like I'm scratching at the surface of it all," he shares.
The Berlin video was created by filmmaker/editorMario Bergmann, and director/visual artist Philipp Virus, of Virus Films GbR, who has worked with such bands as Atari Teenage Riot, Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth, Iggy Pop, etc., and whose work has been showcased at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Mould also announces the Sunshine Rock signature pedal in partnership with Tym Guitars (available for pre-order here). The signature Sunshine Rock pedal with Tym Guitars will commemorate the project with a limited selection of 40 pedals for the cost of $225 each. These handcrafted pedals are similar to the stomp boxes made previously for Mould's albumsBeauty & Ruin and Patch The Sky, but with new artwork to celebrate Sunshine Rock. The custom made stainless steel enclosure has typical volume and gain controls with a yellow LED, true bypass switching, and is powered by a standard 9V adaptor jack.