Daytrotter Session - Mar 31, 2009
Paste Studio at Noise Pop - Feb 28, 2009
Most famously known as the songwriter, singer, and guitarist of Hüsker Dü, Bob Mould has released an eclectic array of albums throughout his life. Originally grinding out distorted guitar parts in his post hardcore punk band, Mould expanded into acoustic alternative and even electronic musical sounds as his career progressed.
Bob Mould shared songwriting duties in Hüsker Dü with bandmate Grant Hart. Mould's lyrics tended to lean more towards introspective thought and soul searching as opposed to Hart's abstract and enigmatic writing. They started out with a hardcore punk sound of screaming vocals and rough guitars that over time gradually grew mellower and more harmonious. Hüsker Dü was one of the first underground punk bands to sign with a major label, Warner Brothers, and although they experienced little commercial success, they are cited as one of the key bands that shaped the sound of '90s alternative rock. The band was together from 1979 to 1987, breaking up because of Hart's heroin abuse and personal problems between Mould and Hart.
Mould went on to work on solo projects, releasing
, a highly acclaimed album that contained acoustic elements and even symphonic instruments. The single "See a Little Light" was a huge hit and propelled the album to stay up on charts for 14 weeks. In Mould's next album,
Black Sheets of Rain
, he returned to a harder rock sound more similar to early Hüsker Dü days, and the album had moderate success.
Bob Mould went on to start a new band, Sugar, another alternative band that released two full length albums that both enjoyed moderate success. He returned to solo work after Sugar's breakup and even recorded an electronic dance music album,
. Mould continues his solo work, and also owns an independent record company SOL (Singles Only Label) that releases singles from up and coming bands.