SHOW PREVIEW: Bob Mould
One of the kings of the punk era returns to the 9:30 Club on September 6. Bob Mould served as one of the founding members of Minnesota’s Hüsker Dü, blending heavy distortion with an abundance of energy. He is currently on tour in support of his solo album Beauty & Ruin, which came out this June.
Michael Azerrad said it well in his profile collection Our Band Could Be Your Life: “Hüsker Dü was perhaps the first post-hardcore band of its generation to write songs that could withstand the classic acid test of getting played on an acoustic guitar.” For a taste of Mould’s early work, check out “Celebrated Summer” from New Day Rising or “Something I Learned Today” from Zen Arcade. Or take a gander at this vintage piece of mid-80s video work.
The loud guitars and catchy melodies are present to this day. Beauty & Ruin is a fun set of tunes that doesn’t overstay its welcome at 36 minutes. Mould keeps the tempos up, only settling down on the restrained “Let the Beauty Be.” If you want a peek at what the material sounds like live, check out this Foo Fighter-aided take on “The War.”
Find your inner fighting spirit and come out for a night with a veteran who has graced the club many times before! It’ll be a blast.