Digital Garbage will be available worldwide September 28th, 2018 on Sub Pop.
On September 28th, the beloved, PNW rock and roll institution Mudhoney will release Digital Garbage, the 10th album from the band in 30 years, a barbed-wire-trimmed collection of sonic brickbats. You can listen to the new album’s premiere offering, “Paranoid Core” by clicking that play button up there.
Digital Garbage Tracklisting 1. Nerve Attack 2. Paranoid Core 3. Please Mr. Gunman 4. Kill Yourself Live 5. Night and Fog 6. 21st Century Pharisees 7. Hey Neanderfuck 8. Prosperity Gospel 9. Messiah’s Lament 10. Next Mass Extinction 11. Oh Yeah
[Photo Credit: Emily Reiman]
Since the late ’80s, Mudhoney – the Seattle-based foursome whose muck-crusted version of rock, shot through with caustic wit and battened down by a ferocious low end – has been a high-pH tonic against the ludicrous and the insipid.
Thirty years later, the world is experiencing a particularly high-water moment for both those ideals. But just in time, vocalist Mark Arm, guitarist Steve Turner, bassist Guy Maddison, and drummer Dan Peters are back with Digital Garbage, a barbed-wire-trimmed collection of sonic brickbats. Arm’s raw yawp and his bandmates’ long-honed chemistry make Digital Garbage an ideal release valve for the 2018 pressure cooker, its insistent rhythms forcing movement and Arm’s sardonic lyrics offering a funhouse-mirror companion to the ever-more-ridiculous news cycle. “My sense of humor is dark, and these are dark times,” says Arm. “I suppose it’s only getting darker.”
Digital Garbage opens with the swaggering “Nerve Attack,” which can be heard as a nod both to modern-life anxiety and the ever-increasing threat of warfare. The album’s title comes from the outro of “Kill Yourself Live,” which segues from a revved-up Arm organ solo into a bleak look at the way notoriety goes viral. “I’m not on social media, so my experience is somewhat limited,” says Arm. “But people really seem to find validation in the likes—and then there’s Facebook Live, where people have streamed torture and murder, or, in the case of Philando Castile, getting murdered by a cop.”
“In the course of writing that song,” he adds, “I thought about how, once you put something out there online, you can’t wipe it away. It’s always going to be there—even if no one digs it up, it’s still out there floating somewhere.”
Appropriately enough, bits of recent news events float through the record—”Please Mr. Gunman,” on which Arm bellows “We’d rather die in church!” over his bandmates’ careening charge, was inspired by a TV-news bubblehead’s response to a 2017 church shooting, while the ominous refrain that opens the submerged-blues of “Next Mass Extinction” calls back to last summer’s clashes in Charlottesville, although Arm’s brutal delivery helps twist it into an indictment. Arm also went back to the pre-Mudhoney era for the titular insult of the stinging “Hey Neanderfuck.” ”National Lampoonmade several comedy records in the 70s, and in one skit someone gets called a ‘Neanderfuck,’” Arm laughs. “I’ve always loved that insult and wondered why it never became a part of the American lexicon—it’s so brutal. It was high time to use that.”
Mudhoney’s core sound—steadily pounding drums, swamp-thing bass, squalling guitar wobble, Arm’s hazardous-chemical voice—remains on Digital Garbage, which the band recorded with longtime collaborator (and Digital Garbage pianist) Johnny Sangster at the Seattle studio Litho. The anti-religiosity shimmy “21st Century Pharisees” builds its case with Maddison’s woozy synths. “It adds a really nice touch to the proceedings,” Arm says of Maddison’s synth parts. “And Guy has really learned his way around his machines playing in a synth trio the past few years.”
The shuffling “Messiah’s Lament” is the band’s first song in 6/8—and it’s told from the point of view of a world-weary Jesus. And Digital Garbage closes with “Oh Yeah,” a brief celebration of skateboarding, surfing, biking, and the joy provided by these escape valves. “I would’ve really just loved to write songs about just hanging out on the beach, and going on a nice vacation,” says Arm. “But, you know, that probably doesn’t make for great rock.”
Mudhoney, however, know what does make great rock—and the riffs and fury of Digital Garbage will stand the test of time, even if the particulars fade away. “I’ve tried to keep things somewhat universal, so that this album doesn’t just seem like of this time—hopefully some of this stuff will go away,” Arm laughs. “You don’t want to say in the future, ‘Hey, those lyrics are still relevant. Great!’”
Mudhoney Tour Dates + Ticket Links
Mudhoney will embark on a world tour beginning on Aug. 11th at SPF30, Sub Pop’s FREE 30th Anniversary Festival and Party at Alki Beach in West Seattle. They will then play a string of dates in the Pacific Northwest starting Sep. 15th in Vancouver, with shows in Portland and Seattle before heading to Europe on Nov. 11th.
Tour Dates: Aug. 11 - Seattle, WA - SPF30 (Sub Pop’s FREE 30th Anniversary Festival and Party at Alki Beach! From noon to 10pm.) Sep. 15 - Vancouver, Canada - Rickshaw Theater (Westward Music Festival) Sep. 28 - Portland, OR - Dante’s @ Sep. 29 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre % Oct. 13 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw ^ Nov. 11 - Utrecht, NL - Le Guess Who Festival Nov. 12 - Groningen, NL - Vera * Nov. 13 - Berlin, DE- Festaal Kreuzberg & Nov. 14 - Hamburg, DE - Fabrik & Nov. 15 - Koln, DE - Gebaude 9 & Nov. 16 - Luzern, SZ - Schuur & Nov. 17 - Vevey, SZ - Rocking Chair & Nov. 19 - Frankfurt, GE - Zoom Club & Nov. 20 - Munchen, GE - Strom & Nov. 21 - Bologna, IT - Locomotiv & Nov. 22 - Roma, IT - Largo (IT) & Nov. 23 - Milan, IT - Santeria Social Club & Nov. 24 - Zagreb, HR - Mochvara & Nov. 25 - Vienna , AT - Arena Big Hall * Nov. 27 - Paris, FR - Le Trabendo & Nov. 28 - Brighton, UK - Concorde 2 # Nov. 29 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom # Nov. 30 - Leeds, UK - Leeds Beckett University ! Dec. 1St - Glasgow, UK - Lukes Church !
@ The Scientists and Eat Skull % The Scientists and Tom Price Desert Classic ^ Pissed Jeans and Art Gray Noizz Quintet * w/Zeke and Please the Trees & Please the Trees # Masonics and Thee Hypnotics ! Wildebeests and Thee Hypnotics
Now hear a live version of “Judgement, Rage, Retribution and Thyme”.
Recorded live during their 2016 European tour at shows in Germany, Croatia, Sweden, Austria, Norway, and Slovenia LiE is the first unlimited-edition, non-bootleg live Mudhoney album to date.
2018 marks Mudhoney’s 30th anniversary, and this release is a fitting start to a year that will also see the release of a new Mudhoney full-length. (!!!) This album’s 11 tracks span the band’s storied career, and include their live cover of Roxy Music’s “Editions of You.”
[Photo Credit: Vincent van Nes]
Mudhoney’s LiE will be available on vinyl LP and through digital service providers worldwide on January 19th, 2018 [preorder now here]. And, in lieu of a Sub Pop Loser Edition of LiE, a 500-piece, limited-edition of the LP, on heavy, milky clear vinyl with a bonus 7” single included (“Touch Me I’m Sick” b/w “Where the Flavor Is”), and different packaging will be available for pre-order right here, while supplies last. There will also be new Mudhoney t-shirts available at megamart.subpop.com and mudhoneyonline.com.
Side A 1. Fuzz Gun ‘91 (Primosten, Croatia - from Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge) 2. Get Into Yours (Berlin, Germany - from Mudhoney) 3. Poisoned Water (Primosten, Croatia - from Tomorrow Hit Today) 4. The Final Course (Malmo, Sweden - from Vanishing Point) 5. What to Do With the Neutral (Malmo, Sweden - from Vanishing Point) 6. I’m Now (Malmo, Sweden - from The Lucky Ones)
Side B 7. Judgement, Rage,Retribution and Thyme (Vienna, Austria - fromMy Brother the Cow) 8. I Like It Small (Oslo, Norway - from Vanishing Point) 9. Suck You Dry (Malmo, Sweden - from Piece of Cake) 10. Editions of You (Ljubljana, Slovenia - from the “Butterfly Stroke” 7” and the March to Fuzz comp) 11. Broken Hands (Ljubljana, Slovenia - from Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge)
The fine people of Seattle, ourselves included, are big fans of our local sporting organizations, so when the Seattle Sounders official band, Sound Wave, wanted to cover the obscure Mudhoney song, “Breakfast at Dick’s,” we were all like, “SYNERGY!” and then told them to go for it. The results are just shy of earth-shattering, which is to say, we were blown away by the marching band’s rendition. Now, if only we can get Mark a baton and a drum major’s uniform, we’d be in business.
2014 SUB POP FESTIVAL IN SAO PAULO, GOIANIA, SANTIAGO, AND BUENOS AIRES
first-ever Sub Pop Festival, featuring Mudhoney, METZ and Obits will
take place in May of 2014. A screening of the Mudhoney documentary film I’m Now,
followed by a panel discussion with members of Mudhoney and METZ, and
Sub Pop General Manager Chris Jacobs will kick off the event in Brazil. Preceding all of this, Mudhoney and METZ will make Sub Pop Festival stops in both Chile and Argentina.
Construtora Música e Cultura and Inker Agência Cultural are honored to announce the very first SUB POP FESTIVAL, in Sao Paulo (May 14 and 15)
and Goiania (May 16, as part of Festival Bananada), following
appearances in Santiago, Chile (May 10), and Buenos Aires, Argentina (May 11). Founded in
1988 by Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman, SUB POP RECORDS set out to
bring new independent bands from Washington State to international
attention. In less than four years, SUB POP became known around the
world, with early releases by Nirvana, Soundgarden and Mudhoney, putting
Seattle on the global map. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2013,
the label has gone on to help shape the world of underground rock and
make important inroads into popular culture.
Sub Pop Festival organizers worked in
close collaboration with the label to bring all three of this year’s
artists to South America. For this first edition of the SUB POP
FESTIVAL, the bands chosen represent the timeless appeal of the more
raucous end of the Sub Pop spectrum: the seminal super-fuzz of Seattle’s
Mudhoney, the loud and ecstatic noise-rock of Toronto trio METZ, and
the melodic and muscular indie/garage rock of New York’s Obits.
Mudhoney also celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2013 and this will be their sixth time in Brazil.
Frequently referenced alongside Nirvana, Sonic Youth and Pearl Jam
(Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard played in Green River with Mark and Steve
from Mudhoney some 30 years ago), Mudhoney has more releases on Sub Pop
than any other band. Their latest album, 2013’s Vanishing Point, shows them as sharp and fervent as ever.
While Mudhoney are Sub Pop veterans,
Toronto power trio METZ are new-comers with teeth. METZ’s 2012
self-titled debut was described by The New Yorker as, “…a punishing, noisy, exhilarating thing, a deeply impolite racket that will only sound better live…” And The Guardian offered, “…a crush collision of Beatles melody and Big Black attack.”
Obits are a 4-piece band from New York
who share members with bands such as Hot Snakes, Edsel, Drive Like Jehu,
and Girls Against Boys. They have released three full-length records on
Sub Pop, the latest of which is the 2013 release Bed & Bugs. They have been described as “…one of America’s mightiest, smartest rock bands playing at peak power” (by Exclaim!). Obits will perform at the two Sub Pop Festival events in Brazil only.
Mudhoney, METZ and Obits will play at Audio Club, São Paulo on May 15th, and also in Goiania, as part of Festival Bananada 2014 on May 16th. Mudhoney will also play in Uberlandia May 13th at Club Lounge for fans in Minas Gerais State.
May 14th fans are invited to a screening of I’m Now: The Story of Mudhoney,
the documentary film covering Mudhoney’s journey from beginning to the
present day. After the screening at Cine Olido, Mudhoney’s Mark Arm and
Steve Turner, Chris Slorach from METZ, and SUB POP’s General Manager
Chris Jacobs will discuss music, their experiences in their respective
bands, and the label’s past, present and future with those in
Chris Jacobs by Chris Jacobs:
“Chris is the General Manager for Sub
Pop Records, the Seattle record label perhaps most well-known for
unintentionally ending the recording careers of such longstanding and
excellent bands as Sleater-Kinney, Dead Moon and The Jesus and Mary
Chain. Hired at Sub Pop in 1997 as Tour Publicist, during the functional
equivalent of a managerial shift-change, Chris has since failed upwards
into a wide range of positions, including: Advertising Director,
Publicity Director, Marketing Director, Editor-in-Chief, and Senior
Director of Special Projects. He also serves or has served as A&R
representative for METZ, Beach House, Mudhoney, the Constantines, Grand
Archives, Kinski, Low, Obits, The Baptist Generals, and Retribution
Gospel Choir. Chris is responsible for such little-known slogans as
“Going Out of Business Since 1988,” and “Podfisting Our Way to Your
Blog, or Whatever,” as well as the label’s much-ignored 1999 “LP3”
initiative. Prior to working at Sub Pop, Chris handled marketing and
publicity for the alternative comics publisher Fantagraphics Books.”
SUB POP FESTIVAL – SÃO PAULO 14 May / Screening “I’m Now: The Story of Mudhoney” and Talk Local: Cine Olido – Galeria Olido, Av. São João, 473, Centro.
Próximo das Estações República, Anhangabaú e São Bento 19h00 – Exibição do Documentário “I’m Now: The Story of Mudhoney” (1h42 / Ryan Short & Adam Pease). 20h45 – Bate-Papo com Chris Jacobs (Sub Pop), Mark Arm e Steve Turner (Mudhoney) e Chris Slorach (METZ). Ingresso: gratuito, retirar ingresso com uma hora de antecedência. Capacidade: 236 lugares Censura: 12 anos. Informações: 3331-8399 / 3397-0171 http://www.prefeitura.sp.gov.br/cidade/secretarias/cultura/galeria_olido/
15 May / Shows Local: Audio Club - Av. Francisco Matarazzo, 694 – Barra Funda. 21h00 – Abertura da Casa/ DJ Set Steve Turner (Mudhoney) 22h00 – Obits 23h00 – METZ 00h00 – Mudhoney 01h15– DJ set Adriano Cintra Ingressos:www.ticket360.com.br / R$ 160,00 / 80,00 (meia entrada) Censura: 18 anos.
Venda de produtos da Sub Pop pela Locomotiva Discos no dia do show. Ingressos à venda também nas lojas: Locomotiva Discos
Rua Barão de Itapetininga, 37, lojas 8 e 51 – República
Rua Teodoro Sampaio, 763, loja 3 - Pinheiros
(11) 3257-5938 London Calling
Rua Vinte e Quatro de Maio, 116 - República
Record Store Day 2014 is a mere 51 days away according to the official countdown over at RSD.com, and with the popularity of vinyl ever increasing, there are more Record Store Day exclusives in 2014 to sift through than ever before. This means one or two of the following things: 1) You are going to spend MUCH MORE money than last year; and/or 2) It’s going to be tough to stick out in crowded record bins full of limited-edition, Record Store Day-only releases. Well, we here at Sub Pop HQ read the tea leaves, studied the data points, and decided early on that we were going to have to do something really special to stand out this year. We went to work, trimmed the fat, and got our release list to the four most exciting, collectable, sonically pleasing, limited-edition Sub Pop Record Store Day Releases ever. To get a full appreciation of what I’m bullshitting so eloquently about, see below. We’ll see you at your local independent record retailer at four in the morning on April 19th. You bring the coffee. And the donuts.
Mudhoney On Top: KEXP Presents Mudhoney Live on Top of the Space Needle LP:In
2013 both Mudhoney and Sub Pop turned 25, and, in celebration of this
milestone, the band performed on the actual roof of Seattle’s iconic and
also very tall Space Needle. Due to space limitations up on top, and
the obvious safety issues involved, only about 13 people were able to
bear witness to this performance (and you can hear each of them,
clapping individually between songs). Our friends at KEXP
recorded and broadcast this monumentally historic event, and this
limited-edition vinyl LP preserves it for eternity. Limited to 2,700
Pissed Jeans The Very Best of Sub Pop 2009-2013: Live at the BBC 12” EP:
Here are four live-in-the-studio tracks that (finally!) give meaning
and validation to Sub Pop’s existence. This historic platter is limited
to 3,000 copies worldwide, and these versions of the tracks are
exclusive to this release.
Chad VanGaalen “I Want You Back” 7” Single:
This single features four new tracks from the Calgary artist’s vault of
unheard music. Exactly none of these tracks appear on Chad’s
forthcoming album, Shrink Dust (out 4/29 on Sub Pop!). The dare-we-say
incredible cover art is by Chad himself. Limited to 2,300 copies
The Notwist “Run Run Run” 12” Single:
“Run Run Run” is from the band’s just-released album, Close to the
Glass, and this single also includes three more, unreleased tracks: one
new song, and two exclusive remixes of “Run Run Run.” Both sides of the
record feature a special double groove, with each parallel groove
containing a different song. Limited to 1,900 copies worldwide.
The fine folks at Full Tilt have created the world’s finest possible ice cream flavor (we are clearly incapacitated with bias) and it is called Mudhoney. It has hints of cinnamon, honey, chocolate, and general ice creaminess and is a nod to the quintessential Sub Pop band of the same name. To celebrate, Full Tilt’s flagship store in White Center, WA (just south of Seattle) is hosting the band for an unveiling and an instore performance starting at 7pm on December 11th! Space is VERY limited, so if you want to experience the new flavor and get a good spot for the show, get in there early!