Bob Mould returns to the UK in May with a career spanning set. The first British dates since the release of his critically acclaimed album Silver Age (Access issue 164).
Those familiar with the decades-spanning oeuvre of Bob Mould, from his pioneering early 1980s work with Hüsker Dü to his solo material 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 sombre and reflective. But they’d be way off the mark.
Recorded with his current touring band of Jon Wurster on drums (Superchunk/Mountain Goats) and Jason Narducy on bass, Silver Age is an intense and concise 10-song blast, far more reminiscent of latter-day Hüsker Dü.
“I’d been batting around the idea of another aggressive pop record for some time,” Mould said. “Especially as the 20th anniversary of Copper Blue kept getting closer.”
The tour will also support Mould’s recent Sugar re-issues and the release of A Box Of Sugar, Edsel’s deluxe vinyl box set, which contains the complete studio recordings the band made between 1992 and 1995 together with a 7″ single and 20-page booklet.
Bob Mould plays:
Leeds: Cockpit – May 17
Glasgow: Oran Mor – May 18
Manchester: Academy 3 – May 20
London: Electric Ballroom – May 21