After the tour in support of his 1998 solo album, "The Last Dog and Pony Show," Bob Mould was prepared to never hit the road with a full band again. But the former Husker Du/Sugar leader will return t
After the tour in support of his 1998 solo album, "The Last Dog and Pony Show," Bob Mould was prepared to never hit the road with a full band again. But the former Husker Du/Sugar leader will return to full rock glory during the fall tour in support of his upcoming album, "Body of Song," due July 26 via Yep Roc.
The trek will begin Sept. 4 in Dublin and will touch down in North America Sept. 22 in Chapel Hill, N.C. Dates are on tap through Oct. 15 in Los Angeles. Mould will also play a handful of solo shows this summer, including a set Sunday (June 12) at Washington, D.C.'s Gay Pride Weekend, and July 3 at Minneapolis' Taste of Minnesota Festival.
As previously reported, Mould will be backed on the road by Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty, bassist Jason Narducci and keyboardist Richard Morel, also Mould's cohort in the electronica-heavy project Blowoff.
Mould promises the set lists will feature material from throughout his career as a solo artist and with Husker Du and Sugar. "I will play stuff from all eras for the first time with people," he tells Billboard.com, adding that fans can expect to hear such tracks as Sugar's "Changes" and Mould's "Lost Zoloft." "I'm sort of taking ownership back of my songs."
"Jason, who is really familiar with the entire catalog, has already suggested about 25 songs, and he's pretty close to the ones I think would be good," Mould continues. "I would probably say [it will include] half of the new record, and the rest will be the songs people will want to hear. I think it will also be the ones that work the best with what we're trying to do. If we pull a song up and Brendan's not feeling it, I don't want to play it. But we'll take a shot at everything."
Beyond the regular CD version, "Body of Song" will be available in a limited-edition double-disc package housed in an embossed leatherette box. The second disc will include two Morel remixes of "(Shine Your) Light Love Hope," a Mould remix of "Paralyzed" and six non-album tracks. "Those range from solo acoustic at home to overproduced rock/dance rock tracks," Mould says with a chuckle.
Before the fall tour, Mould and Morel are hoping to finish their debut Blowoff album for an early 2006 release. The duo DJs twice a month at Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club and has been incorporating an ever-growing catalog of original music into the proceedings.
"We have an album finished, but I think we can do better," Mould says. "I think we need to write four more good songs. There's some stuff that is house-y and some stuff that is rock. There's some breezy, '60s pop and some darker, downtempo things. It's all over the place. There's a lot of guitars and a lot of double vocals. Everything is 50/50 as far as writing. No outside collaborators."
Mould is particularly enthusiastic about the tracks "Hormone Love" ("Rich had a sketch for a real rock song and I totally pounded it into a big, Sugar-y type of thing") and "Overload" ("That easily could have made 'Body of Song. It has a house-y beat but it has some real blues-y, Joni Mitchell guitar going on").