Live Video: Mudhoney

photo by Renata Steiner (view set)

Few bands have influenced Seattle’s sound like Mudhoney. Twenty five years ago, to this month, Mark Arm and Steve Turner rejoined after leaving Green River to form a group that would weather all storms of the so-called “Grunge” scene. Their initial, poorly selling but highly influential single and EP (“Touch Me I’m Sick” and Superfuzz Bigmuff, respectively) led to a contract with the majors followed by a return to the local label that started them off, Sub Pop (also celebrating its 25th year). Though they never quite reached the financial success of a few other of their contemporaries, Mudhoney is the band younger musicians most often emulate and revere. And on Vanishing Point, their ninth studio album, released earlier this month, the vitality of these elder statesmen is as apparent as ever — Arm’s vocals still sneering and sardonic, Turner’s guitar still blistering hot, Guy Maddison’s bass still unceasingly thudding and Dan Peters’ powerhouse drums still punishing. If only bands half their age had half their energy! So of course we were thrilled to have Mudhoney back in the KEXP studio to commemorate the new album’s release with an extended seven-song session. Watch it here:

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