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Mudhoney Gets Back To Grungey Basics

Of the Oakland Press

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After pursuing a more sophisticated and thought-out sound on its last two albums, Seattle rockers Mudhoney — among the originators of the city’s “grunge” scene of the late ’80s and early ’90s — decided to turn the clock back a bit on its new release, “The Lucky Ones.”

“I think we wanted to make it more immediate,” guitarist Steve Turner explains. “We were just throwing (stuff) down fast in the studio. We weren’t thinking about it at all. I think it hearkens back to the way most good rock ’n’ roll records are made.

“I thought the last two records (2002’s “Since We’ve Become Translucent” and 2006’s “Under a Billion Suns”) were kind of similar, so I think we all wanted a different approach to this record. It shouldn’t take a week to write or record a song, y’know? If a band can’t write a record in a month and get it done, there’s probably something wrong with the band.”

If “The Lucky Ones” revisits Mudhoney’s past in spirit, the group revisited its past for real with a deluxe, expanded reissue of its 1999 compilation “Superfuzz Bigmuff.” Turner, 43, says both exercises have given him and his bandmates some time to reflect on the band’s history — and enjoy the fact that it’s still around.

“It’s really bizarre to still be Mudhoney after 20 years,” Turner says. “At this point, we really value the band. It’s something that we love doing, and we think we’re doing great.

“I remember when we started Mudhoney, I was in college and had already dropped out three times. I had kinda made a deal with my parents that I was gonna drop out one more time for a year to record and go on tour, and I promised I’d go back to college when (Mudhoney) ran its course.

“I think it’s a little late to go back now, though.”

Mudhoney, Easy Action and Terrible Twos perform Monday (June 2) at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.the.crofoot.com

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