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There's a lot of work left in Bob Mould

click to enlarge Hsker D marked just the beginning: Bob Mould simply - wont stop creating. - PETER ROSS
  • Peter Ross
  • Hsker D marked just the beginning: Bob Mould simply wont stop creating.

Bob Mould may not be the most successful musician in the world, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a more interesting one.

As a founding member of '80s post-punk hardcore band Hsker D, Mould help set the archetype for the alternative rock explosion. He later enjoyed that world as purveyor of alt pop in the band Sugar before going solo in the mid-'90s.

At that point, Mould's future seemed clear: Revered artist traversing solo waters with a back catalog deep enough to keep a loyal fan base attentive. However, fate had other plans.

"I didn't think I'd write [scripts for] professional wrestling, or DJ in front of a thousand people," says the New York-born Mould, calling from his adopted hometown of Washington, D.C. "It just sort of keeps happening, and I'm grateful for it. Who knows what's next? I don't even want to predict."

You didn't read that wrong. From late 1999 into early 2000, Mould actually was employed as a scriptwriter for World Championship Wrestling (WCW). It was also soon thereafter that the singer-guitarist became enamored with electronica and started to DJ.

Which digression was more surprising?

"I had been a lifelong wrestling fan ... I just never thought I'd have the opportunity to work in the business. So I think that's less surprising to me [than DJing}," Mould says. "I would not have seen the delving into electronica and dance music, nor would I have seen becoming a DJ and doing remixes and stuff."

The experiences have inspired diverse solo albums, including 2005's Body of Song and the two-month-old District Line, which he released on Anti Records. Both albums contain a mixture of electronic-influenced material and punk guitar sounds, as well as pop-structured anthems.

Mould points to new songs such as the off-kilter pop track "Old Highs New Lows" and the electronic-ish "Shelter Me" as epitomizing his intentions.

"With District Line, I was actually sitting in one chair for the whole deal," he says. "Body of Song was a record that spanned across four to five years, in a couple of different cities and situations in my life.

"Structurally, it's the same idea as Body of Song, but District Line is more of a guitar-forward record. These songs, except for one, were all born out of guitar compositions ... so I think this new record should be a little bit, right off the bat, more presentable live."

Fans attending The Bob Mould Band's Boulder show can expect a career-spanning set emblematic of the 47-year-old's still-adventurous spirit.

"I try to keep moving forward," Mould says. "There's nothing I can do to change the past. I can tell stories and try to shed things in the best positive light, but nothing is going to change things that happened in my life. So the only things I can work on are the things in front of me, both personally and with work.

"I think that's the goal of a happy life, is to have more dreams than memories."

scene@csindy.com


The Bob Mould Band, with Halou
Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder
Saturday, March 22, 9 p.m.
Tickets: $20, 21-plus; call 303/443-3399 or visit foxtheatre.com.

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