Mudhoney: Making a Big Fuzz

Before Nirvana, there was Mudhoney and it's widely accepted that Mudhoney were the band that made the ‘90s grunge rock movement possible. Their classic 1988 debut EP ‘Superfuzz Bigmuff' was the first real success story for iconic record label Sub Pop and paved the way for the genre. Coming to prominence in the late ‘80s and well into the ‘90s alongside peers Nirvana and the Melvins, Mudhoney paved the way for the movement that would come to be recognized as the "Seattle sound". Taking the sweat-soaked and beer-fueled mixture of heavy metal muscle, punk attitude, and garage rock primitivism, the scene cultivated a new sound and energy that grew to be known as grunge.


After more than 23 years together, vocalist and guitarist Mark Arm still retains the same ideologies as he did as a rebel rocker, describing their life-long mantra of doing everything in spite of what is generally accepted.


" Fuck the trends," he says. " We never cared about what was cool or stylish at the time; we just played music and didn't think much of it. When we were young, we never had goals or any of that. Our only aim was to release a single… And we obviously did that. The rest, we were just lucky."


Over two decades, countless shows and a few ex-band members, Mudhoney is still revered as one of the few bands to have not only emerged from, but also influenced the infamous ‘90s Seattle music scene.


"Are we lucky to still be making music today?" Mark asked. " Or are we just so completely stubborn that we never stopped?"


With eight albums under their well worn belts, Mark did confess the group has not only been working on a new album, but has already got six tracks done.


"We can't wait to play the new stuff live."


Mark said finding time to rehearse and write has also become more difficult as each member has their own thing going on.


"Really, I guess it depends on all our availabilities now. Especially [lead guitarist] Steve's, because he lives a six-hour round-trip away."


Heading down-under in December, the jaw-crushing riffs of Mudhoney will have Meredith and side-show audiences rethinking the bands' longevity.


"I know our fans are mostly nostalgic ones, but we still try to incorporate a few of the newer and a few much older albums into our show, for everyone."


Nevertheless, Mark admits they are getting older and although their love for the stage and for the studio hasn't lessened, the future of this historic group will eventually take a proverbial chill-pill.


"It's impossible that we would still be as energetic as we used to, that's not to say that we don't put our all into our shows, because we do. But it's fair to say the tyres are all a little flatter nowadays. We have kids and wives now… Touring is not the way it used to be.


"We are stoked to be coming down to Tassie for the first time. But going by the way the band and our tours are running nowadays, we'll only be able to enjoy the place for less than 24 hours. Usually we can't tour for longer than three weeks, and this time is no different - in and out."


Only ever coming to Australia once before, Mark fears the jetlag and recovery after such a long flight saying, "I just know we‘re gonna be absolutely fucked when we get there."

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