Yesterday, Bob Mould released his latest single, “I Don’t Know You Anymore,” off his upcoming album Beauty & Ruin. This was the second track to be released from the record, after the surprise drop of album track “Hey Mr. Grey.”
The single is a raw and honest description of emotions after a messy breakup. Catchy yet powerful, it features a bitter chorus: “I don’t know you anymore/ name and face have been obscured/ well change them if you want, but I don’t know you anymore.”
This release will surely heighten the buzz that began at Mould’s SXSW shows, where he previewed a few of his new songs. Accompanied by Jason Narducy on bass and vocals and Jon Wurster on drums, Mould is set to tour North America this summer after the album’s release on June 3. No Minnesota dates have yet been announced.
As a Macalester student, maybe I’m biased— he attended Mac for a couple semesters —but I think this single is worth a listen. For long time fans, it may harken back to Mould’s early days, and for newcomers it’s a good introduction to the Hüsker Dü frontman’s signature style.
Mould played a memorable set at last year’s Rock the Garden; watch his performance below, and find out about this year’s Rock the Garden lineup here. For even more Mould, listen in to his 2011 performance live in the Current’s studios.
Ellie Fuqua is a freshman at Macalester College. She plans to double major in international studies and media and cultural studies, and hopes to pursue journalism as a career.