Bob Mould Releases LOST FAITH, Announces JCRT Clothing Collaboration
In only one week, Bob Mould returns with an entirely new catalogue of music on his full-length album Sunshine Rock, available February 8 via Merge Records. The record features the recently released tracks "What Do You Want Me To Do" and title-track "Sunshine Rock". Today, Mould shares his latest single "Lost Faith"; a socially conscious song that sheds light on the mental friction caused from a mixture of facts, fiction, and biased opinions dispersed in the media. "Lost Faith" premiered yesterday on NPR. The visual for the new music plots a tale of such confusion with Mould as the centerpiece in a high-end music video for what ends up as an ultimately catchy, uplifting pop song.
Mould explains of the "Lost Faith" concept:
"The video follows the protagonist who is trying to find solace and anonymity in an increasingly corrupt world filled with paranoia and misinformation. We see him being questioned about his real intent, apprehended by a fictitious yet familiar looking border security, then interrogated about the life he left behind.
Shot in Berlin, the video switches into dream sequences filled with chases, captures, and escapes. There's a mosh pit of half-naked dancers, an accordionist in a church square, and the climax being a wild pursuit through the surrealistic ruins of a decommissioned CIA listening station."
While the Sunshine Rock album has been hailed thus far as Mould's most radiant and optimistic to date, "Lost Faith" adds a dose of commentary on a worldwide crisis. However, with a bit of Euro-inspired flavor, viewers will find a comedic twist in the video's series of events. In fact, many European pop music videos of the same style use authoritarian figures, chase scenes, and dancing during the chorus of the song as storytelling devices. Audiences are likely to notice a correlation in "Lost Faith" between the use of ice cream in the video and the fact that "EIS" is German for "ice."
Mould adds with a touch of wit, "It's just an average day in a European pop music video. Grab a scoop of ice cream and enjoy the show!"
The treatment for the video was created by Mould himself, with cinematography and editing by Mario Bergmann. Direction and cinematography by Philipp Virus of Virus Films GbR, who has worked with such bands as Atari Teenage Riot, Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth and Iggy Pop, and whose work has been showcased at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Both parties also worked on the recent docu-video Berlin that Mould shared to give fans a peek at his life in Berlin, where he has spent the last three years of his life and where he found much inspiration for this new record.
In addition to "Lost Faith", Mould is announcing a special collaboration with the handcrafted clothing company JCRT. Known as the "master of the plaidverse," their selection meshes the subcultural and sartorial. Co-founded by visionary creatives and award winning designers Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra, the brand is an intersection of cutting-edge digital technology and the rich legacy of analog craftsmanship. JCRT are longtime Mould fans and for his limited edition shirt, they've created a plaid flannel inspired by the bold graphic color and layout of Sunshine Rock that also emulates the power and energy of his live shows.
To find out more about JCRT and purchase the limited edition shirt, visit www.jc-rt.com. Customers will receive a download of the album with purchase.
For information on Mould, music and concert tickets, visit www.bobmould.com.
Thu Feb 14 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club (w/ Titus Andronicus)
Fri Feb 15 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer (w/ Titus Andronicus)
Sat Feb 16 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club (w/ Screaming Females)SOLD OUT
Mon Feb 18 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre (w/ The Drew Thomson Foundation)
Tue Feb 19 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls (w/ Murder Girls)
Thu Feb 21 - New York, NY - Brooklyn Steel (w/ Titus Andronicus)
Fri Feb 22 - Chicago, IL - Metro (w/ Airstream Futures)
Sat Feb 23 - Chicago, IL - Metro (w/ Beach Bunny)
Mon Feb 25 - Ft. Collins, CO - Washington's (w/ In The Whale)
Tue Feb 26 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre (w/ The Trujillo Company)
Sat Mar 2 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore (w/ Film School)
Fri Mar 8 - Hamburg, Germany - Gruenspan (w/ Pabst)
Sat Mar 9 - Berlin, Germany - Columbia Theater (w/ Pabst)
Mon Mar 11 - Düsseldorf, Germany - Zakk (w/ Dusseldorf)
Tue Mar 12 - Leuven, Belgium - Het Depot (w/ Dusseldorf)
Thu Mar 14 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom (w/ Pabst)
Fri Mar 15 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club (w/ Pabst) SOLD OUT
Sat Mar 16 - Edinburg, UK - The Liquid Rooms (w/ Pabst)SOLD OUT
Sun Mar 17 - Manchester, UK - Academy 2 Manchester (w/ Pabst)
Sat Mar 30 - Minneapolis, MN - The Palace
Sun Mar 31 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club SOLD OUT
Tue Apr 2 - Dallas, TX - Granada (w/ Will Johnson of Centro-matic)
Wed Apr 3 - Austin, TX - Mohawk (w/ Will Johnson of Centro-matic)
Fri Apr 5 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom (w/ Hutch Harris)
Sat Apr 6 - Seattle, WA - Neumos (w/ Hutch Harris)
Sun Apr 7 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw (w/ Hutch Harris)