It's kind of crazy to think that it's taken Bob Mould the better part of three decades to release music under the banner of Merge Records. His ouvre--be it with Hüsker Dü, Sugar, or under his own name--has undoubtedly influenced a good part of Merge's roster over the years, but on September 4, Mould will make his debut for the label with his new solo album Silver Age.
The silver-bearded guitarist/singer is coming off his critically-acclaimed autobiography, See A Little Light: The Trail Of Rage And Melody, which he wrote with the help of Michael Azzerad. And it seems the twin components of rage and melody are still there, going by Silver Age's first single "The Descent."
"I started out so starry-eyed/ Full of hope and wonder," Mould bellows over rip-roaring guitars. It only gets better and more caustic from there as Mould pulls off one of his most classic-sounding singles in years. Take a listen below. [Daily Swarm]