MARK ARM TALKS MUDHONEY’S NEXT ALBUM & THE BAND’S DAY JOBS

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.”

  • thefreewheelinMarkArm

    Make’s me want to order something from Sub Pop… keep the old man busy.

    Really want an east coast tour. New material is irrelevant. THESE are the guys that were out there in Seattle playing before grunge was a thing. Pearl Jam could learn a thing or two from them…

  • Del

    That’s fucking insane. The band the pretty much invented Grunge has day jobs just like us. I dont know how to feel about that.

  • BlownUpWorld

    These guys can still kick some serious ass too. Can’t wait to see them again asap!

  • Evenflow82

    I liked them at PJ20 but the feedback/noise blasts got kind of grating. Still, great to see a classic band with the garage/punk attitude. 🙂 Living legends!

  • Creep

    Mudhoney oh my lord.
    Please release a new album within the next year or twooooo

  • cheeto

    ordered a bunch of records from sub pop a few months back including a mudhoney album, kinda cool to think mark sent it to me.

  • Brett Buchanan

    When I got Superfuzz Bigmuff a few years ago I saw that Mark sent it to me. I saved the packaging.

  • Mike

    If it makes any of you feel better the drummer of Mudhoney doesn’t have a day job because his wife is a lawyer…cheers….

  • Deviate

    I want new Green River!

  • Deviate

    @Brett, that’s pretty cool. Can you post a picture of that?