Hüsker Dü were the ultimate power trio. From hardcore punk beginnings, the band pioneered alternative rock sounds which eventually blended distinctly US punk noise with a more thoughtful singer-songwriter approach, which in turn paved the way for guitarist/vocalist Bob Mould’s solo career. Contrasting Mould’s abrasive approach, drummer/vocalist Grant Hart later wrote songs with a more palatable quality. Hart – a truly underappreciated songwriter – captured raw and emo-ish beauty on tunes like ‘Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely’ and ‘Every Everything’; tunes that were pivotal to the Hüskers’ balance between sheer force and a cerebral approach to punk.
For years, Hüsker Dü fans have desperately wanted a reunion. Much like fellow Minneapolis punks The Replacements, the Hüskers became hugely influential, and all too often to musicians who never actually got to see them live. Obviously, for many Replacements fans, that dream eventually came true, but even at a time when Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson were on the road bringing maximum nostalgia, each of the Hüsker Dü members dismissed any chance of a reunion.
The legendary Bob Mould has recently unleashed a new video for ‘The War’, which you can watch in full below. The track comes from the one-time Husker Du/Sugar man’s 11th solo album ‘Beauty & Ruin’, released in June 2014.
To support the album, Bob is embarking on a full-scale tour – as of 5th September – as follows:
Following last year’s ‘Copper Blue’ performances, Bob Mould is to return to the UK later in 2013. As part of the ongoing promotion for his ‘Silver Age’ release, the ex-Husker Du/Sugar man has scheduled four UK shows, as follows: