SXSW Review: Bob Mould at Mohawk
Before he turns to the next chapter of his career, post-punk legend Bob Mould is looking back on another.
Mould, who recently signed with Merge Records and will release a new album later this year, is scheduling a short series of festival shows this year in which he performs his former alt-rock band Sugar's 1992 debut album, "Copper Blue," from beginning to end. One of those shows took place at MOG's unofficial SXSW day party on Saturday afternoon (3/17).
For this task -- and for his upcoming album -- Mould has formed a new power trio featuring drummer Jon Wurster (Superchunk) and bassist Jason Narducy (Telekinesis).
Saturday's show was a no-frills affair, with Mould and band rolling through the entire album's tracklisting without any bantering with the crowd and -- like with his band Husker Du in the olden days -- minimal pauses in between songs.
But Mould's wall-of-guitar sound is still in force, and he and his band proved a tight combo as they played a thoroughly enjoyable set that peaked with the dramatic "The Slim," a song Mould wrote about losing a friend to AIDS.
"Copper Blue" was released 20 years ago, but in a testament to its quality, it still sounds vital.
MOG @ The Mohawk was sponsored in part by the BritaFILTERForGood Music Project. See how fans are teaming up with artists like Dave Matthews Band, Janelle Monae, O.A.R. and Guster to make concerts more sustainable in the project documentary "Music Sustains," which can be viewed at this link: http://youtu.be/SCa7IeGv460.