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.
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 (recently reissued in expanded editions) 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 (released worldwide on in August 2012).
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