With an initial lineup of Mark Arm (vocals, rhythm guitar), Steve Turner (lead guitar), Matt Lurkin (bass), and Dan Peters (drums), the Seattle, WA-based quartet Mudhoney formed back in 1988 and although they’ve never been much of a commercial success, the band has been credited by critics and fans as the forefathers of grunge rock and were a major influence on countless bands from the Seattle area including Nirvana, who had covered Mudhoney during their legendary Unplugged, weeks before Kurt Cobain’s death. And although there has been a lineup change – Lurkin left the band in 1999 and since then has been replaced by Guy Maddison – the band has continued to be relevant, while reminding the blogosphere and contemporary audiences that some of the music that has since become legendary wouldn’t be possible without them. In fact, the Pacific Northwestern quartet released their ninth full-length effort, Vanishing Point a few months ago, and the album may arguably be the hardest, most blistering album they’ve released in some time. 

Just a few weeks ago, Seattle’s KEXP invited the influential quartet to play a live set on the roof of Seattle’s Space Needle, to promote their then-upcoming set at Sub Pop Records’ Silver Jubilee Show – and it starts off with their signature song “Touch Me, I’m Sick.” I think that this footage will give you a sense of the band’s live sound as they’re embarking on a tour which will include two NYC area dates – July 6 at the Bowery Ballroom and July 12 at The Bell House.