Mudhoney is currently touring Digital Garbage, with one of the stops being at the Mr. Smalls Theater this October. The Mr. Smalls Theater is an iconic landmark right here in Pennsylvania. Aside from playing host to acts like Mudhoney, it’s home to the Mr. Smalls Studios, where bands such as GWAR, Clutch, Keller Williams, The Werks, Frank Black, and Ken Stringfellow of REM have all done work. The band will be supported by primal rock & roll band Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds and fellow Sub Pop artists the Gotobeds.
Grunge, a word that originally was used to identify something dirty or grimy, morphed into a lifestyle exclusively associated with the Pacific Northwest — more specifically, Seattle — all because of the pioneering music genre. The word has come to mean a hybrid of punk and metal, and a movement that influences culture to this day through bands like Royal Tusk. Musical acts like this have continued the storied tradition of unrelenting creativity that never compromises, as their goal is to always put authenticity first. Despite its origins tracking back to a little over 35 years ago, grunge is another example of American counterculture that has managed to penetrate the mainstream consciousness.
Now, you can’t talk about grunge without mentioning one of its well-loved pioneers. The godfathers of Seattle grunge, Mudhoney was formed in 1988 following Green River splitting, as some of the band’s members were undecided whether to go mainstream or not. Mudhoney is made up of Mark Arm, Dan Peter, Guy Maddison, and Steve Turner. Much of the band’s classic sound is courtesy of lead guitarist Steve Turner’s use of the Electro-Harmonix Big Muff . The pedal has been a staple and legendary piece of equipment in the ’80s and early ’90s grunge scene, so much so that the band’s debut EP, which was released in 1988, was unapologetically named Superfuzz Bigmuff, doubtless a tribute to the sweet harmonic distortion that redefined rock during the era. The EP was released under legendary music label Sub Pop, which would eventually take in acts such as The Postal Service, Flight of the Conchords, Sleater-Kinney, and Father John Misty onto their roster. Kurt Cobain even named the Superfuzz Bigmuff EP as one of his all-time favorite albums, a testament to the EP’s overarching influence and ability to shift and shape the musical landscape of the times.
About Digital Garbage
Mudhoney has enjoyed quite the resurgence recently via the release of their latest album Digital Garbage. As a band that has never strayed away from politics, the band even released a song called “F.D.K. (Fearless Doctor Killers)” back in 1995 as a commentary on the violence against abortion providers. Today’s chaotic political carousel provides the perfect backdrop for the band’s new material. This is most evident in the track “Paranoid Core”, which (somewhat sarcastically) sums up most, if not all, of the ills and issues of the times. And while some politically charged material tends to come off as whiny, this simply is not the case for Mudhoney as Mark Arm’s cadence is best described as a boot to the mouth fueled by the collective frustration of the general population. The album ends on a lighter note, with the song “Oh Yeah” meandering about life’s simple pleasures, such as riding your bike or going out for a swim.
Catch Mudhoney’s show on October 17, 2019! The doors open at 7:00 pm, with the show starting at 7:30 pm.