Bob Mould | District Line
ANTI-Records | February 5, 2008
Bob Mould is here, he's queer and he'll talk about it, but he'd rather let you get to know him through "District Line," his highly personal, intimate and introspective album about the complexity of love and life at—or longing for—the hands of another.
Bob Mould, the genius behind seminal post-punk outfit Husker Du as well as the guiding force behind 90's alternative-rock heavyweight Sugar, will tour the U.S starting March 5th. The tour will feature both classic material from Mould's considerable body of work, as well as new songs from his forthcoming Anti- debut, "District Line."
As tight and unfettered as its cover art, Bob's new album is a satisfying return to form for his fans—which include everyone from the Foo Fighter's Dave Grohl to Daft Punk's Thomas Bangaltar—as well as a great introduction for the unfamiliar to one of alternative rock's most important musicians.
As the gay publicist for a gay artist who's not always been "out," I listened closely to Bob Mould's "District Line" album to try to hear the "queer" in it. What I found was that regardless of the specificity of the lyrics, I related to the album as a whole, so I'm guessing you will, too. Some songs were a bit more specific, like "Who Needs To Dream?" So I asked Bob about the queer aspect of the album.
"The stories on the record are a hybrid of autobiographical and observational, typically within the same song. 'Who Needs To Dream' is indeed man-specific, with the 'chasing the one who's running away while being chased by the one you don't want' line being a good entry point.
'Stupid Now' is the making a fool of yourself for someone who isn't interested. (I am not the best at picking apart my own lyrics, I usually respond better to someone else's interpretation.)
A few things that I think are important: The universal nature of relationships. Gay relationships are different in some specific ways, but the universal nature of relationships, love, longing, joy, disappointment, are generally the same no matter what. I've always tried to highlight this.
My contentment as a gay man — an element that was definitely missing for the first 40 years of my life — is something I'm very conscious of and feel important to impart to others. I was one of those self-hating homosexuals, but now that I have a fully integrated life, I feel like my work is much stronger."
And as they say, all work and no play...Many may recognize Bob Mould as one of the two DJs and hosts behind the wildly successful Blowoff parties. The other is electronic maestro Richard Morel (who also tours in The Bob Mould Band).
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NEWS: Bob Mould to Publish His Autobiography. Full press release here.
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