Just over 30 years ago, Bob Mould co-founded one of the most influential rock bands of their time, Hüsker Dü. Channeling the rage and fury of hardcore into the pop music paradigm, Mould set the stage for the alternative rock explosion of the 1990s. 2009 saw the release of Mould’s latest solo album, Life and Times, and it is a further testament to his stellar craftsmanship and his utterly unique sound.
Since Hüsker Dü’s 1987 breakup, Mould has interspersed solo work with full band recordings. His first two solo records, Workbook and the stunning Black Sheets of Rain, were followed by the formation of Sugar,Bob’s second power-pop trio. Sugar hit the early 1990s alt-rock airwaves at the perfect time, and constant touring and hit singles brought Mould’s unique wall-of-guitars sound to millions.
Mould’s work in the past decade has become much more electronic, as demand for his skills as a DJ have increased. His 2002 record, Modulate, dove headfirst into electronic textures, some of it bordering on club dance music. More recent releases have been informed by Bob’s guitar playing as well as his DJ prowess. His 2010-11 tour dates find him returning to the solo acoustic format, laying bare the raw emotion found in his music.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“…his influence continues to seep through every level of the indie strata.” -Pitchfork
“Mould’s most recent release, “Life and Times,” is about reflection. His Coachella set was more about asserting some dominance. There’s nary a younger act on the bill that doesn’t owe some debt to Mould’s work in Hüsker Dü and Sugar…” -L.A. Times review of Mould’s 2009 Coachella performance
“[Mould’s music] fizzes with warmth and naggingly insistent melodies.” -BBC
“Mould mixes slow, quiet songs with fast, noisy numbers, but always finds a way to marry a catchy melody to a definite rhythm.” -Washington Post