OUT JUNE 3 IN NORTH AMERICA ON MERGE RECORDS, JUNE 9 WORLDWIDE
“His Thursday night SXSW set revealed an artist tired of looking back and ready to move forward – as loudly as possible.”-AUSTIN CHRONICLE
“Bob Mould still has it. He burned through songs with mad intensity… Mould is a true legend… Mould thanked the crowd for ‘putting up with the new songs,’ but it was obvious that no one present minded in the least.”-FLAGPOLE
“Guitar slung low and playing loud as hell, Mould started into tunes from his upcoming album, Beauty & Ruin, and it was some hard-hitting stuff that felt like it was slamming into you… I can’t wait to pick up the album”-OMAHA WORLD-HERALD/ROCK CANDY
Fresh off two triumphant sets at South By Southwest that debuted a good chunk of his upcoming Beauty & Ruin, Bob Mould has unveiled a first glimpse of that compact epic: The album track “Hey Mr. Grey” is now available to stream at https://soundcloud.com/
Having gone down a storm at those aforementioned SXSW shows, “Hey Mr. Grey” is as self-effacing as it is anthemic, a pure adrenalin shot in the vein of Bob’s late period Hüsker Dü and vintage Sugar work imbued with a self assured sense of both humor and acceptance. It’s also the tip of the iceberg (no pun intended… well, maybe…) of Beauty & Ruin‘s 36-minute journey: a sweeping exploration beginning with death and loss, through familiar relationship battlegrounds to an ultimate re-acknowledgment of his role in life (and the lives of countless others, no doubt) with an eye towards an optimistic future.
Available for pre-order as of today at Merge and iTunes, Beauty & Ruin will be released by Merge Records June 3 in North America, June 9 in the UK and Europe. The album’s release will be preceded by its first proper single “I Don’t Know You Anymore.” Bob is backed on the album as ever by his longtime band of Jason Narducy (bass/backing vocals) and Jon Wurster (drums).
“Hey Mr. Grey” embed code:
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