The Fader catches up with the one & only Bob Mould in advance of his new release this summer, Beauty and Ruin. Give it a read below and at the link! Tickets on sale now for his Sept. 26 date at the Fillmore… Not to be missed!
Hey Mr. Grey: Bob Mould Rocks Through the Ages
STORY BY: Alex Frank, PHOTOGRAPHY: Mark Mahaney
Bob Mould has never rested on the laurels of Hüsker Dü, the legendary three-piece he co-founded with drummer/vocalist Grant Hard and bassist Greg Norton in 1979. Since the hardcore-cum-alternative-rock band broke up in 1988, the Minnesota-born artist has released a number of solo acoustic albums, fronted a ‘90s alt band called Sugar, experimented with electronic music and DJed a roving party called Blowoff that specializes in “gay bear disco.” This summer, he’ll release a solo album called Beauty and Ruin, and its introspective, lyric-driven songs are full of the power chords and rock-pop hooks that he first perfected with Dü. Beauty and Ruin feels as vibrant and raw as his music always has, even if, as the 53-year-old musician explained to us over the phone, his subject matter has grizzled and grayed along with its creator.
The album’s first single is called “Hey Mr. Grey.” Are you Mr. Grey? Oh, yeah. I know I’m advancing in the years and it’s a young person’s game. Sometimes I find myself slipping into this combination of reluctant elder statesman/neighborhood curmudgeon who realizes if I look at my credit card statement every month, there’s too many drug store charges on it. But better the elder statesman than the left-out elder. I’m doing the same job I was doing 35 years ago, and doing it generally good enough to stay in it. I think I’m still pretty young at heart, but I catch myself at times in a social setting where I’m there to see a new band and I’m clearly at least 20 years older than the second oldest person in the room. I go up to the merch booth to buy the CD, and everybody’s looking at me like, “Who the fuck are you?” And I’m like, “I’m that guy.”