Bob is an indie-rock legend, having fronted seminal 1980s US punk band Hüsker Dü (cited by Nirvana and The Pixies as a huge influence).
Achieved remarkable commercial success with his early-90s power trio Sugar (3 UK top 10 albums including the classic Copper Blue), and has gone onto a critically acclaimed solo career.
The new album strongly references Bob’s Sugar period as well as his recent collaboration with the Foo Fighters (Bob made a guest appearance on their last album Wasting Light and subsequent worldwide tour). A recent testimonial concert to Bob in San Francisco featured appearances from the likes of Dave Grohl and Ryan Adams performing his songs.
It’s a vibrant collection of hook-filled pop songs with a powerful contemporary rock production. The album will be preceded by a single ‘The Descent’.
Those familiar with the decades-spanning oeuvre of Bob Mould—from his pioneering early ’80s work with Hüsker Dü to his solo work in singer-songwriter, electronic, and rock modes, to the deafening pop sparkle of Sugar—might expect a new album bearing the title Silver Age to be a sombre and reflective set in the mode of his last album, 2009’s Life and Times…and they’d be way off the mark.
Silver Age is an intense and concise ten song blast far more reminiscent of Bob’s latter-day Hüsker Dü output. Recorded with his current touring band of Jon Wurster on drums (Superchunk/Mountain Goats) and Jason Narducy on bass. “I’d been batting around the idea of another aggressive pop record for some time,” Bob says, “especially as the 20th anniversary of Copper Blue kept getting closer.”
It’s no surprise, then, that Silver Age careens out of the speakers with a sense of exhilaration that reflects the excitement with which Bob and his live band cranked out the record in a tight whirlwind of a window in early 2012.