If you live in DC, you probably not only know Bob Mould’s music, you’ve probably passed him on the street at some point. But for uninitiated – and because it’s such a unique biography - let’s do a quick review of Mould’s career: He formed Husker Du, one of the most influential rock bands of all time. After they broke up, he pulled a 180 and released Workbook, a mostly-acoustic masterpiece in 1989, then reversed course again and made Black Sheets of Rain in 1990, an album that was perhaps harder and darker than anything Husker Du had done.
Three years later he formed Sugar, whose stellar record Copper Blue remains Mould’s best-selling album to date. He went solo again in 1996, before becoming a scriptwriter for WCW wrestling, then released several more solo albums with a more experimental electronic bent and, with Richard Morel, began DJing at the 9:30 Club under the name Blowoff. He wrote an autobiography, See A Little Light, which is widely regarded as one of the best music memoirs in recent memory. And, lest we forget, he wrote “Dog on Fire,” the theme song to the Daily Show.
All of this is to say that Mould’s new record, Silver Age, could have been anything from new age instrumentals to Nordic folk music and it wouldn’t have been surprising. What you might not have been expecting was a back-to-basics, balls-to-the-wall rock and roll record that’s a perfect combination of everything Mould does well; Husker Du’s aggression, Workbook’s stellar production, and Sugar’s wall of sound. It may, in fact, the best album of his post-Husker Du career.