Maha: Bob Mould was so loud, so good

Bob Mould plays an ear-splitting set at Maha Music Festival. (Photo by Alyssa Schukar/The World-Herald)


Bob Mould plays an ear-splitting set at Maha Music Festival. (Photo by Alyssa Schukar/The World-Herald)

Ouch. My ears (and my head) hurt after watching Bob Mould play about an hour at Maha Music Festival.

Mould, formerly of early alternative rock band H?sker D?, played songs from his recent solo album, “Silver Age,” as well as old tunes from his bands H?sker D? and Sugar. It was a career-spanning set, but unfortunately, it was so headache-inducing loud that it was difficult to pick out some songs.

Thank goodness I brought earplugs, but even those weren’t enough. Eventually, I had to head far enough back in the park where the volume wasn’t so intense.

Mould’s set was still pretty fun. Sugar’s “The Act We Act” and “A Good Idea” made early appearances in the set. “The Descent,” “Steam of Hercules” and “Star Machine,” both from his new solo record “Silver Age,” came about midway through the set.

“Celebrated Summer,” loud and brash as only Mould would do it, was probably the set highlight. It went on long beyond its original four-minute runtime and ended in a cacophony of Mould’s screeching guitar and his equally voluminous howls.

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