Mudhoney's Mark Arm says he's come to terms with being in a long-term band -- even one that's celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
"If you would've told me when we started that we'd be around for this long, I would have laughed at you. But at this point it seems normal," says Arm (nee McLaughlin), 51, who co-founded the iconic Seattle group after a tenure in the band Green River, which also included Mudhoney's Steve Turner and future members of Pearl Jam.
"I think we mark the time at this point every January -- 'Oh, we've been around this long.' We send an e.mail around -- 'Hey, way to go, guys!' and then it's kind of forgotten. We probably wouldn't be aware of it if it weren't for all the (Sub Pop Records) silver jubilee stuff that's been happening this year."
Mudhoney isn't doing anything special to commemorate the 24-year mark -- "We're just playing the shows like we usually do," Arm says -- but the group did put out a new album this year. "Vanishing Point" is its first set of new material in five years, but the good news, Arm says, is that there was plenty of material to choose from, so "hopefully it won't be another five years.
"We put down, like, 30 different ideas," Arm says, "most of which I think are really, really cool. "They're still there. I probably need to go revisit them. We'll do that once we focus less on playing live shows and start thinking about recording again. Hopefully it won't be another five years."
Mudhoney, Easy Action and Protomartyr perform Friday, Aug. 30, at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.
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