Fresh off two triumphant sets at South By Southwest that debuted a good chunk of his upcoming Beauty & Ruin, Bob Mould has unveiled a first glimpse of that compact epic: the album track "Hey Mr. Grey" is streaming now below!
Pre-order Beauty & Ruin now at iTunes and in the Merge store.
Having gone down a storm at those aforementioned SXSW shows, "Hey Mr. Grey" is as self-effacing as it is anthemic, a pure adrenalin shot in the vein of Bob's late period Hüsker Dü and vintage Sugar work imbued with a self assured sense of both humor and acceptance. It's also the tip of the iceberg (no pun intended... well, maybe...) of Beauty & Ruin's 36-minute journey: a sweeping exploration beginning with death and loss, through familiar relationship battlegrounds to an ultimate re-acknowledgment of his role in life (and the lives of countless others, no doubt) with an eye towards an optimistic future.
Available for pre-order as of today at Merge and iTunes, Beauty & Ruin will be released on June 3 in North America, June 9 in the UK and Europe. Bob is backed on the album as ever by his longtime band of Jason Narducy (bass/backing vocals) and Jon Wurster (drums).
Bob Mould on tour:
May 23-25 George, WA — Sasquatch Festival
Jun 18-22 Calgary, AB — Sled Island
Jul 26 Carrboro, NC — Merge 25 Festival