With all the chatter recently about Minnesota music’s “golden age,” I couldn’t help but chuckle at the title of Bob Mould’s new solo album. Silver Age, his first solo album on Merge, is due out September 4.
Merge is also reissuing Mould’s Sugar album, Copper Blue, this July, and will send him on a run of dates in support of that reissue this summer (including a Minneapolis stop at First Avenue on September 15) before launching a tour behind the new release in the fall. According to a press release, the new record features Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster and Telekinesis bassist Jason Narducy, who are also in Mould’s live band.
When I spoke to Mould back in March at SXSW, he said he had already finished the record, that “it’s pretty loud,” and that it was heavily influenced by performing with Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters. “I sort of got in that mood again, started writing some loud guitar rock again, and I think that experience, combined with the 20 year anniversary of Copper Blue, is leading me to that sound again.”
Revisit our full conversation here:
Here’s the track listing for Silver Age:
Steam Of Hercules
Round The City Square
First Time Joy