GRUNGE godfathers Mudhoney have announced a UK tour to promote their forthcoming album.
And the good news for North-East fans of the American noise merchants is that it includes a date at the O2 Academy 2 in Newcastle on Thursday, June 6.
The band, who were forerunners of the scene which produced the likes of Nirvana and Pearl Jam, will release Vanishing Point, their first studio album in five years, on Monday, April 1.
April marks the 25th anniversary of both Mudhoney and Sub Pop Records, and there could be no better band to represent the label, past, present and future.
It’s the ninth full-length album of their career, and will be preceded by the single The Only Son Of The Widow From Nain.
Twenty-five years into their career, recognition of the part Mudhoney played in spawning the whole grunge scene has never been greater.
Formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1988 following the demise of Green River, its members are vocalist and rhythm guitarist Mark Arm, lead guitarist Steve Turner, bassist Guy Maddison, and drummer Dan Peters.
Their early releases on Sub Pop, particularly debut single Touch Me I’m Sick and the Superfuzz Bigmuff EP, were huge influences, pioneering the dirty, high-distortion sound that would become grunge.
Although they have enjoyed little commercial success, they are at last getting the recognition they deserve, and early reviews of Vanishing Point suggest they still have plenty to say.
Its songs are written from the rare vantage point of a band who went through the rock n’ roll meat-grinder and not only lived to tell such a tale, but came out full of the wisdom and dark humour such a journey provides.
Meanwhile, a much-anticipated documentary film, I’m Now: The Story of Mudhoney, has just been released on DVD – a fitting way to celebrate their 25th anniversary.
Directed by Ryan Short and Adam Pease, it charts their career, from their earliest days through to their most recent world tour.
Fans of old will also be excited by the recent release by !K7 Records of another DVD, Mudhoney: Live In Berlin, 1988.
The footage, filmed by a professional camera crew at 1988’s Berlin Independent Days festival and only recently rediscovered, captures Mudhoney’s first-ever performance on foreign soil.
Tickets for the Newcastle show, priced £18, are on sale now from (08444) 772000.