Just a year ago, Juliana Hatfield wondered if she might be done writing songs.
“I felt like I had nothing to say,” says the singer, who’s made a slew of fine records, beginning in the ’80s with Blake Babies, followed by The Juliana Hatfield Three and, most recently, The I Don’t Cares, with Paul Westerberg.
But something happened — a lot, actually — and over the past few months Hatfield found herself furiously writing and recording new music. The result, a 14-song LP called “Pussycat,” comes out April 28.
So what gives? It’d be easy — and not entirely inaccurate — to say that Hatfield was energized by the election of Donald Trump. Her antipathy for the new president did inspire her, but she also cautions against putting the new record “in a tiny anti-Trump box” because there’s more to it than that.
Hatfield, who’ll turn 50 in July, recorded the album at Q Division in Somerville and played everything except drums — so bass, keyboards, guitars, and vocals. In all, the recording and mixing of “Pussycat” took less than two weeks.
“I’m definitely not a time waster. I try to do everything as quickly and thiftily as I can,” says Hatfield, who lives in Cambridge. “But this was especially quick. I guess cathartic is the word. It was kind of like an electric flash of creativity. For better or worse, it just happened.”
The first song from the record, posted Thursday, is called “Impossible Song,” and seems to be a response to the serious discord following the election. (“What if we tried to get along/singing an impossible song.”) There’s also a song called “Short-Fingered Man” and another called “Kellyanne,” which Hatfield acknowledges is about a certain Trump staff member.
“It’s a song about my reaction to seeing her. Why does she make me feel so full of horrible feelings? What is it about her that makes me feel so discombobulated?” says the singer. “The truth is, the guy in power has made me grapple with my own capacity for hatred and violence.”
Hatfield is planning a few East Coast dates — backed by Juliana Hatfield Three drummer Todd Phillips and bassist Dean Fisher — to promote “Pussycat.”