Mudhoney has announced their first new album in five years, Digital Garbage, set to be released worldwide September 28th via Sub Pop. They have also treated fans to a piercing new song from the new album called “Paranoid Core” Listen to it below.
Digital Garbage will be the band’s tenth studio album, following 2013’s Vanishing Point. In a press release, the new 11-track album is being described as a barbed-wire-trimmed collection of sonic brickbats. Frontman Mark Arm discusses the writing process of the album, with some of the lyrics relating to what is going on in the news today. “My sense of humor is dark, and these are dark times,” says Arm. “I suppose it’s only getting darker.” The title of the album is inspired by the album’s last song “Kill Yourself Live.” The song gives Arm’s opinion on “the way notoriety goes viral.” “I’m not on social media, so my experience is somewhat limited,” says Arm. “But people really seem to find validation in the likes—and then there’s Facebook Live, where people have streamed torture and murder, or, in the case of Philando Castile, getting murdered by a cop.”
“In the course of writing that song,” he adds, “I thought about how, once you put something out there online, you can’t wipe it away. It’s always going to be there—even if no one digs it up, it’s still out there floating somewhere.” Other topics in the album include the 2017 Charlottesville Protests (“Next Mass Extinction”) and the media’s response to the church shooting last year (“Please Mr. Gunman”)
The band will also be heading out on the road later this year, kicking off at Sub Pop’s 30th Anniversary Festival August 10th in Seattle, WA. The tour will include a few shows in North America including the Westward Music Festival in Vancouver, playing alongside Blood Orange and Angel Olsen. It will then head to Europe in November. See the band’s full itinerary below.
Aug. 11 – Seattle, WA – SPF30 (Sub Pop’s FREE 30th Anniversary Festival and Party at Alki Beach! From noon to 10pm.)
Sep. 15 – Vancouver, Canada – Rickshaw Theater (Westward Music Festival)
Sep. 28 – Portland, OR – Dante’s @
Sep. 29 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre %
Oct. 13 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw ^
Nov. 11 – Utrecht, NL – Le Guess Who Festival
Nov. 12 – Groningen, NL – Vera *
Nov. 13 – Berlin, DE- Festaal Kreuzberg &
Nov. 14 – Hamburg, DE – Fabrik &
Nov. 15 – Koln, DE – Gebaude 9 &
Nov. 16 – Luzern, SZ – Schuur &
Nov. 17 – Vevey, SZ – Rocking Chair &
Nov. 19 – Frankfurt, GE – Zoom Club &
Nov. 20 – Munchen, GE – Strom &
Nov. 21 – Bologna, IT – Locomotiv &
Nov. 22 – Roma, IT – Largo (IT) &
Nov. 23 – Milan, IT – Santeria Social Club &
Nov. 24 – Zagreb, HR – Mochvara &
Nov. 25 – Vienna , AT – Arena Big Hall *
Nov. 27 – Paris, FR – Le Trabendo &
Nov. 28 – Brighton, UK – Concorde 2 #
Nov. 29 – London, UK – Electric Ballroom #
Nov. 30 – Leeds, UK – Leeds Beckett University !
Dec. 1St – Glasgow, UK – Lukes Church !
% The 2018 Burger Boogaloo hosted by John Waters!
@ The Scientists and Eat Skull
% The Scientists and Tom Price Desert Classic
^ Pissed Jeans and Art Gray Noizz Quintet
* w/Zeke and Please the Trees
& Please the Trees
# Masonics and Thee Hypnotics
! Wildebeests and Thee Hypnotics
Photo Credit: Alyssa Fried