Mudhoney singer Mark Arm says the band doesn’t have big plans to celebrate its 25th anniversary
Mudhoney is coming up on their 25th anniversary, but singer and guitarist Mark Arm doesn’t see it as a reason to make a big hoopla about it. In fact, when asked what the guys have planned to celebrate their landmark, Arm explained that they don’t really have anything special going on. He’s just happy – and surprised – to be reaching the milestone.
“We’re just playing the shows like we usually do,” singer and guitarist Mark Arm told Billboard. “If you would’ve told me when we started that we’d be around for this long, I would have laughed at you. But at this point, it seems perfectly normal.”
Last April, Mudhoney released their first new studio album in five years, “Vanishing Point.” The release landed at No. 9 on the Top Heatseekers Albums chart and No. 13 on Top Tastemaker Albums, showing the band still has a strong following.
Although Mudhoney are focusing on touring right now, not recording, Arm says having recording equipment in the band’s rehearsal space helps them capture good song ideas. “We can put down a bunch of riffs any time, and then at some point I revisit them and see if I can fit lyrics to anything,” Arm said. “I listen to something over and over again and maybe an idea will come to mind.”
He added, “The easy part is coming up with the music; the difficult thing is for me to come up with lyrics and melodies that I’m happy with. Cool chord progressions are pretty easy compared to that.”
Mudhoney kick off a new leg of their North American tour on Aug. 30 at the Magic Stick in Detroit. For a complete list of upcoming shows, visit the band’s official website.
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