Mudhoney Mudhoney: Live at El Sol

Mudhoney Mudhoney: Live at El Sol
With no frills, Seattle’s Mudhoney tear through songs spanning their entire discography at this 2007 concert in Madrid. The first officially released document of one of the finest bands around, Live at El Sol looks and sounds great, with multiple camera angles edited together neatly and the perfect balance of the band’s ferocious roar and Mark Arm’s unearthly voice. All TCB, the quartet play glorious versions of "You Got It,” "Sweet Young Thing Ain’t Sweet No More” and "Touch Me I’m Sick,” with their notorious abandon and humour mostly in check. It isn’t until Arm puts his guitar down to scream "Hate the Police” at the set’s end that the place goes bonkers. Similarly uninhibited, Arm prods more energy out of the encore, slinking Iggy Pop-like through "The Money Will Roll Right In” and new songs "Next Time” and "New Meaning.” Long overdue, hopefully Live at El Sol is the first in a series that presents Mudhoney in their on-stage element. Plus: discography, photos. (Munster)