Bob Mould has spent the last couple years exploring his past. He published his autobiography, See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody, last year. More recently, he revisited the complete recordings of his '90s band Sugar for the purpose of reissuing them. All that looking back gave Mould the idea that the time was right for a return to the earlier sounds of his legendary '80s band Hüsker Dü, which blurred the lines separating punk, rock and pop.
Mould's new solo album, Silver Age, is a back-to-basics collection of songs that reflect and recall his musical past. A molten, melodic eruption of punkish power-pop, it recalls late-period Hüsker Dü, as well as Sugar's fondly recalled 1992 debut, Copper Blue.
Mould returned to WFUV recently and brought his current band — bassist Jason Narducy and, from Superchunk and The Mountain Goats, drummer Jon Wurster — for a powerful session that practically blew down the walls of our Studio A. Check out this performance of Mould's new song, "The Descent," then check out the rest of the session at WFUV.org.