We’re just under the three-week mark until the masses (our goal is to attract “the masses”) descend on the great Georgetown neighborhood of our beautiful and bountiful (cherries, apples, crab, grunge, et cetera) city, Seattle, WA, to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of consecutive years of business operation in what we’re calling the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee. On July 13th, a large number of bands in the immediate and extended Sub Pop family will populate a few stages scattered around Georgetown in this entirely FREE-TO-ENTER celebration of ourselves. In the previous several weeks, we’ve been introducing/reintroducing you to the artists playing the festival in a weekly column we’ve been calling Getting To Know Us; this week, we’re here to tell you a bit about the Toronto band, METZ, and a legendary Seattle-based band called The Mudhoney.
Canadian good guys Hayden, Alex, and Chris are the building blocks of METZ, the Toronto-based noise mongers. They punish ears with the basic formula of drums, bass, guitar and vocals, but they manage to do it in a way completely unto themselves and in a manner that will have you saying after every song, “Thank you, sir, may I have another”, and they will oblige. Watch the video for “Wet Blanket” from their 2012 debut, METZ.
Mudhoney are a difficult band to introduce/reintroduce to you in such short form because of their legendary status and their lynch pin-importance to the formation (and sustainment) of Sub Pop—which is to say, I’m going to blow it trying. Mudhoney have been a band for 25 years now, have released a lot of records, toured endlessly, and were one of the triggers that placed Seattle squarely in the center of the universe in the early nineties. They’re also possibly the only band that left Sub Pop for a different record label and later got back together with us so we could continue to make sweet music together—if Sub Pop had a spouse, it’s certainly Mudhoney. Like I said, I was going to blow it trying to tell you about the Mudhoney’s greatness, and I have succeeded in that. So, please just watch the accompanying video for “I Like It Small” from Vanishing Point and than you should probably watch the video for my favorite Mudhoney song ever, “Good Enough”, from 1991’s Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge.
METZ and Mudhoney, two bands by themselves that could fill the entire neighborhood of Georgetown with “masses”, but only two of many bands playing the FREE Sub Pop Silver Jubilee. Join us July 13th for the festivities; your ears will be ringing with bliss when it’s all over.
Vanishing Point, Mudhoney’s latest in a long (and getting longer…), illustrious (and getting illustriouser…) “career” comes out today on Sub Pop Records. This is their ninth full-length record in 25 years, and these guys continue to write, record and perform music with unflagging passion, intensity, incisive humor and real g-d charm. It has always been and continues to be our great good fortune to work with Mudhoney. Happy release day, you guys!
Last night (the night popularly known as “Vanishing Point Eve”), these same Mudhonies played a really entirely excellent and altogether FREE set at Easy Street Records in West Seattle, WA. It was a super fun event and you can read more about it here.
Well, well, wellington: aren’t you the lucky ones? Since they’ve become translucent, things from tomorrow in the Mudhoney camp are really hitting today. Okay, I’ll quit with the album title puns, I’m doing a really bad job.
BUT Mudhoney is doing a really good job with a tidal wave of activity in the near future! First off there’s going to be a stellar live show at Nuemos on March 30th. The very next day (the 31st, right?), tune your radio (or compu-radio) to KEXP.org (90.3 FM) for a radio session at 2pm PT. ANDTHEN the very next day after that (no foolin’, April 1st) the lads will appear at Easy Street Records at 8pm (which we just happen to have Limited-Edition screen-printed posters by Ed Fotheringham for this instore event on sale now in the Megamart. There are only fifty for sale, so get to it if you want one). Then these guys will jet on over to KNDD (107.7 FM) for yet another radio appearance. Will this flurry of activity wear Mudhoney down? They’ve assured us that it’ll all be a piece of cake. (whoops, sorry!)
Adding insult to injury, Mudhoney’s brilliant new LP, Vanishing Point, will wash onto the shore of the world on April 2nd, which will be the same day of their video premiere for “I Like it Small” on Spin.com! So grab your brother the cow (OOF) and head for higher ground! The Mudhoney is coming!
Our very close, personal friends Mudhoney will release Vanishing Point, their 9th full-length album in 25 years, on April 1 in the UK and Europe and April 2 in North America, on CD, LP and digitally. All of this will happen on the record label whose offices we occupy, Seattle’s Sub Pop Records. The 10-track album is led by the single “The Only Son of the Widow from Nain”, which we are offering as a free download starting right now.
In support of Vanishing Point Mudhoney has scheduled NW record release shows for late March, and a 3-week UK/EU tour from late May to early June. The EU tour begins on May 21 in Dusseldorf, DE at Zakk and ends on June 10 in Birmingham, UK at HMV Institute. Preceding the tour, the band will play two Pacific Northwest record release shows: March 29 in Portland, OR at Doug Fir and March 30 in Seattle, WA at Neumos. Additional US tour dates will be announced soon. A full list of confirmed dates can be found below.
In related news, Mark Arm spoke with SPIN last month about the recording of the album, sharing touring plans and what fans can expect from the new record (see interview December 11).
1) Slipping Away
2) I Like It Small
3) What to Do with the Neutral
5) The Final Course
6) In This Rubber Tomb
7) I Don’t Remember You
8) The Only Son of the Widow Nain
9) Sing This Song Of Joy
10) Douchebags on Parade
Mar 29 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
Mar 30 Seattle, WA – Neumos
May 21 Dusseldorf, DE – Zakk
May 22 Amsterdam, NL – Melkweg
May 23 Bielefeld, DE – Enger
May 24 Copenhagen, DK – Loppen
May 25 Leipzig, DE – Werk 2
May 26 Berlin, DE – Festsaal Kreuzberg
May 27 Hamburg, DE – Fabrik
May 28 Warsaw, PL – Stodola
May 29 Prague, CZ- Lucerna Music Bar
May 30 Zagreb, HR – Pogon Jedinstvo
May 31 Firenze, IT – Viper Theater
Jun. 01 Lausanne, CH – Les Docks
Jun. 02 Winterhur, CH – Salzhaus
Jun. 03 Frankfurt, DE – Zoom
Jun. 04 Brighton, UK – Concorde 2
Jun. 05 Glasgow, UK – ABC
Jun. 06 Newcastle, UK – Newcastle Academy 2
Jun. 07 Manchester, UK – Manchester Academy 2
Jun. 08 London, UK – HMV Forum
Jun. 09 Bristol, UK – O2 Academy Bristol
Jun. 10 Birmingham, UK – HMV Institute – The Library
It comes with a school boy level of giddiness to announce that on April 2nd, Sub Pop is releasing Mudhoney’s 9th full-length, Vanishing Point. Mudhoney’s Mark Arm sat down and talked to SPIN about the forthcoming record and you can check that out by clicking here.
If the prospect of waiting four long months for new Mudhoney is a little too daunting to you (it certainly is for us), than perhaps the new-on-DVD Mudhoney documentary, I’m Now, or their Live In Berlin show will do the trick of tiding you over until then.