Bob Mould looked to drummer Jon Wurster during rehearsals at 7th Street Entry in 2014. / Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

Bob Mould looked to drummer Jon Wurster during rehearsals at 7th Street Entry in 2014. / Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

Remember when Bob Mould said he was retiring from the rock ‘n’ roll business? What a frickin’ liar. The Minnesota expat and former Hüsker Dü co-leader will drop his third album in 3½ years on March 25, and he will once again return to First Avenue to promote it with two shows, April 22-23.

Titled “Patch the Sky,” the record is another effort for Merge Records that Mould recorded with his well-worn bandmates of late, bassist Jason Narducy and drummer Jon Wurster. His first interview about the record just posted on Stereogum, where he reveals the songs’ origins followed the death of his mother and came amid a particularly rough stretch of unspecified personal turmoil.

“I sorta felt like I got kicked in the balls real good,” he says in the article.

Ironically, Streogum is one of the music blogs that inflated last year’s rather run-of-the-mill Hüsker Dü merchandise news into a clickbait report insinuating reunion (an idea once again squashed in the interview).

Here’s a video for the first track from the new record. Pre-orders for the album are available via Merge. Tickets for the First Ave shows are already on sale ($25, openers TBA).