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Friday, April 29, 2011 at 8:30 PM (PDT)


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MUDHONEY Ended $18.00 $2.98


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Fri  4 / 29



special guest

ADV $15 / DOOR $20


FRIDAY / APRIL 29 /  2011

DOORS 8:30pm / Show 9:30pm

$18 Adv. / $20 Door 



It took a wall socket for Mudhoney to happen. They came from the old, weird Seattle looking damp and strange; beer-swilling jackals plugged into a long forgotten source of distortion. With their stringy hair and high-top sneakers, they looked a lot like those kids smoking pot behind the high school gymnasium, which they probably were. The lead singer, the blonde one with the visage of a hawk, was capable of unleashing a howl so wolfish it might have made Iggy flinch. This singer, Mark Arm, he grunted and screamed about sickness and hangovers, poising himself as a figure more lecherous than even the old bluesmen. His phrasing, no, strangling of the words “sweet young thing,” suggested he was even trying to out-sleaze the great Howling Wolf, something dainty Mick Jagger did not attempt. And then there was the guitar, aptly handled by a fuzzy-headed goofball named Steve Turner. He too, had a hard-on for noise, and it was often difficult to discern his soloing from Mark’s singing, they shared the same guttural drawl. This was Mudhoney. They plugged in, they were wild, heavy and loud.

They came from the old, weird Seattle, when it was a city most people had never considered. Their EP Superfuzz Bigmuff introduced the world to a “brand new sound,” which in a few brief years would become “brand name.” This was a sound as remote and soggy as the city in which it was created. “Touch Me I’m Sick,” their now-classic single, provided a template for something countless other bands would mimic or steal outright in the decade to come. The guitars were fierce; a fierceness Glen Taylor from The Dicks couldn’t have conceived. It was the sonic equivalent of an amplified comb scraping against paper, if you will. The drummer, Dan Peters, was spastic and intense, and bassist Matt Lukin (formerly of sludgies The Melvins) played like his fists were beating something hollow. It was noisy, urgent and, above all else, necessary, if rock music were to survive. This was 1988 after all, the year Alice Cooper announced a run for Arizona governor and Tipper Gore launched an attack against free expression.


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When & Where

The New Parish
Before the show, book a table next door at the award-winning Hibiscus Restaurant - - and use this ticket for $5.00 off.
579 18th Street
Oakland, 94612

Friday, April 29, 2011 at 8:30 PM (PDT)

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