Here’s a couple of excerpts from TheStranger.com‘s new interview with Mudhoney frontman/Sub Pop warehouse manager Mark Arm.
Description of Arm’s job at Sub Pop: Ensconced at Sub Pop now, Mudhoney’s wildest member typically arrives at headquarters about 9:30 a.m. and leaves around 5:30 p.m. “First thing I do is check e-mail,” Arm says, chuckling. “If there are orders, like these [points to invoices on his desk], I pick ’em and fulfill ’em and send ’em out.”
On Mudhoney’s next album and rest of the band’s jobs: It takes longer now to create albums because everybody has other responsibilities. Bassist Guy Maddison, for example, is a stat nurse at Harborview, and guitarist Steve Turner lives in Portland, where he deals records, so Mudhoney don’t practice much. “We just got back from Australia,” Arm says, “so we’re probably not gonna practice till next week. We have a bunch of shit to do, because we have Bumbershoot coming up and then right after that we’re going into the studio for three days. We have a couple of new songs that we haven’t worked on.” Despite the long gap between releases, Sub Pop hasn’t pressured the band to make another album. “But there’s pressure from us, because it’s been fucking too long,” Arm says, laughing. “We’ve put down tons and tons of riffs over the last two years. The main sticking point is me coming up with lyrics I’m happy with. The other one is getting together to work on our ideas—but that’s kind of the easy part once Steve gets into town.”