Singer, songwriter, guitar hero, US punk and hardcore pioneer, LGBTQ icon, part-time dance DJ and remixer, towering genius with a career spanning over four decades…Bob Mould is all of these things and more.
Born in upstate New York in 1960, but cutting his musical eye-teeth in the Minneapolis/Twin Cities post-punk scene of the late 1970s and early 80s [the same scene that birthed the Suicide Commandos, the Suburbs, the Replacements and Soul Asylum] Mould formed the seminal Husker Du in 1979. Initially a ‘100mph noise rock’ act, as shown on their groundbreaking debut Land Speed Record, they gradually developed over the years into a more textured outfit combining Beatlesque melodies with sheets of avant-industrial noise, garage-punk aggression and musique concrete. In short, they were bloody good.
However, despite influencing bands as diverse as the Pixies, My Bloody Valentine, Nirvana and [posthumously] Ride, commercial success always seemed to elude them, leading to their eventual dissolution in 1988. Not wanting to rest on his laurels, Mould immediately launched a solo career, commencing with the critically acclaimed Workbook and Black Sheets Of Rain albums [the former containing the quintessential US indie rock anthem See A Little Light] : then, in 1991, he formed Sugar, and all of a sudden, the success he’d spent most of the 90s chasing was finally his. Releasing their debut collection Copper Blue JUST as Grunge exploded in a welter of Du-worshipping faux-Moulds and half-Harts, the Bobster and his band deservedly cashed in, scoring three chart singles in the process: yet the joy was to be short-lived, and after two more highly-charting albums with the same lineup, his restless creative urges and disdain for the wheels of the rock ‘industry’ sent the eternal outsider off on a frolick of his own once more. Oh well.
But ultimately, it proved to be the right decision- because since then, and despite a couple more hiatuses [both of which passed so rapidly you barely noticed them] every single solo album he’s released has been simply outstanding, with 2020’s Blue Hearts in particular a late-career highlight very few expected. Sometimes as heavy as Sabbath, at other times delivering jaunty pop-punk that would make SLF or the Undertones proud, occasionally jangly, textured or acoustic and once in a while creating sounds that exist outside any form of descriptive classification, Mould is the sort of genius performer that still makes other rock n roll musicians jealous- not to mention being [alongside Sandy Bull, Sonny Sharrock, Richard Thompson, Robert Fripp, Marc Ribot, Glenn Branca and John McGeoch] one of the few 20th century musicians who can TRULY claim to have created a whole new vocabulary for both electric and acoustic guitar. And now, after FUCK KNOWS how many reschedules and delays, he’s BACK IN THE MIDLANDS- playing what look set to be three outstanding dates at Birmingham Mill June 12, Nottingham Rescue Rooms June 17 and Stoke Sugarmill June 18. Woohooo!!
Such news, naturally, makes we Midland Maniacs jump for joy. However, we also thought there was no harm in giving the rest of you a gentle nudge in the right direction- and thereby, we lo and verily invite you all to get off yer Blue Arse[s] and buy a ticket tout suite. Most prices start at £23 up, and they’re all available via the link on his official website here: https://bobmould.com/tour/ so don’t hesitate, get ’em before it’s too late!! A finer night of American alternative rock you will never hear: granted, there appears to be some ambiguity as to whether these shows [billed as ‘Bob Mould Solo Electric Distortion And The Blue Hearts’] feature our hero solo with one electric guitar or a full band, but what the fuck, EITHER way he’ll blow your mind [and your ears]
Surely you trust us by now….but if we can’t change your mind, no-one will!!
See you down there!
DARIUS DU..er, sorry, DARIUS DREWE
NB: As these are rescheduled shows, all tickets for original dates remain valid