Mudhoney rock singer interview

This video, recorded in England, says about itself:

Mudhoney ‘Hard-On For War’ live at KOKO // BeatCast Live Series

This very special live show was recorded exclusively for BeatCast during the sellout show in October 2009 at KOKO, London.

The lyrics of the song are here.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Arm Of Rebellion And Rock

Thursday 09 May 2013

by Will Stone

For someone credited as being a progenitor of a style of music that inspired a whole generation of youth Mark Arm, lead singer and founding member of Mudhoney, is distinctly modest.

Grunge music and the bands associated with it marked for many teenagers of the 1990s and generations since the first time in their lives they questioned the existing status quo.

A kind of hybrid of heavy metal and punk, grunge has a distinctly rebellious streak both in its sound and in the subject matter of its lyrics. Nirvana‘s Kurt Cobain famously cited Mudhoney as a direct influence on himself and the band’s music.

But Mark Arm denies all responsibility. “I have no delusions about influencing an entire generation of youth,” he tells me.

“At the end of the day we’re a straight-up rock band. What other people say about us is up to them. We just do what we do and have fun doing it.” Certainly having fun seems to be the modus operandi of their latest album Vanishing Point, with tracks that combine cynical humour with an “up yours” attitude such as Douchebags On Parade, I Don’t Remember You, Chardonnay, What To Do With The Neutral, In This Rubber Tomb and I Like It Small.

But past albums have also had a more distinctly political edge, most notably in Under A Billion Suns, which introduced a whole new meaning to anti-war songs with tracks like Hard-On For War, written around the time of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.

“There’s never been any conscious decision to write political songs,” says Arm. “For us, and no doubt for many groups, our music is a reflection of the society around us.

“I reject the idea that our music is for ‘disaffected youth’ though. Apart from the one per cent of people who have everything, surely everyone is disaffected to a certain extent.

“And even the 1 per centers must feel disaffected sometimes. I’m sure Mitt Romney felt a degree of dissatisfaction when he lost the presidential election to Barack Obama.

“The powers-that-be must wish the proletariat would just be happy with what they’ve got and leave them be to run away with all the wealth.” Mudhoney are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year with a particularly gruelling tour. It includes 21 dates in European cities in three weeks, with seven dates across Britain.

The tour also includes many dates across the US, including Boston in a couple of weeks.

“I’ve been following the Boston bombings on TV and it’s pretty unbelievable the kinds of things that can happen across the world,” Arm says.

“Hopefully things should have died down a bit by then but I’m sure there’ll still be a weird atmosphere in the air.” Twenty-five years is pretty impressive for any band, especially considering that apart from bassist Matt Lukin everyone from the original line-up is still on board. Is it hard for a 51-year-old to keep the spirit of grunge alive?

“It’s questionable whether or not we even have any ‘spirit’ left; that’s for critics such as yourself and our fans to decide,” is the typically down-to-earth response from Arm.

“A lot has changed around my personal life and those in the band as we have got older.

“For a start there’s family commitments to balance and there’s obviously a degree of compromise that comes with that.

“But when you look at older bands like The Pretty Things (the classic 1960s blues rock band now back on tour) who perform in tailored suits it does make us consider whether it’s time for a rethink.” Mudhoney’s British dates include Brighton Concorde 2 (June 4), Glasgow ABC (June 5), Newcastle Academy 2 (June 6), Manchester Academy 2 (June 7), London HMV Forum (June 8), Bristol O2 Academy (June 9) and Birmingham HMV Institute (June 10).

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