With the arrival of his new solo album titled Silver Age, former Husker Du and Sugar founding member Bob Mould proves it's OK to step back in time and let loud guitar pop take over.
During a tour with the Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl inspired Mould to write another pop record.
"In the back of my mind I knew Sugar's Copper Blue was coming up to its 20th anniversary and I felt I wanted to go back and think about that time more deeply," says Mould, from the US where he is touring that album in its entirety.
He'll tour Copper Blue in Australia next year.
Mould, 51, says Silver Age has a familiar sound because he was revisiting that fertile period. But the irrepressible Grohl had the biggest influence.
"Being on the road and travelling with his band was so much fun that it really renewed my interest in music," he says.
Mould's autobiography See A Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody was released last year and maps his musical journey with 80s band Husker Du and traces the 90s he spent filling in the gaps with Sugar. He discusses his sexuality; the drugs, alcohol abuse and the years he lived dangerously.
"When I got back to the drawing board I realised writing three-minute pop songs was a hell of a lot easier than piecing the past together for the book," he says. Silver Age is more than a return to form for Mould, who never lost the knack for writing melodies with gusto. Songs like The Descent are ferocious and loud while Round the City Square is indie rock at its most melodic. Other songs like Keep Believing are reactionary.
"I had a theme in mind for loud guitar pop," Mould says.
"But while I did elaborately work on demos, when it came to the crunch I didn't focus on the songs too much. I just let them be. That's also how Jason (Narducy, bass) and Jon (Wurster, drummer, who also plays for Superchunk) approached the making of the record. They only heard the songs two days before recording."
Silver Age is out now. Bob Mould plays Copper Blue at the Rosemount Hotel on March 16. Tickets from the venues and usual outlets.