Soul Asylum initially formed in the early '80s under the name Loud Fast Rules when vocalist/guitarist Dave Pirner was still in high school, cutting their teeth as part of the celebrated Minneapolis local music scene.
The band entered the major-label mainstream with 1988's Hang Time and its 1990 follow-up, And the Horse They Rode In On, before achieving a commercial breakthrough with 1992's triple platinum Grave Dancers Union. That album spawned several international hits, including "Runaway Train," which won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Song, and "Black Gold," and made Soul Asylum alternative radio and MTV staples. In the ensuing decades, the band—which also includes drummer Michael Bland, lead guitarist Ryan Smith and bassist Winston Roye—has released a steady stream of albums, including 2020's Hurry Up And Wait, their highest charting album in 25 years. The latter reflects Soul Asylum's usual eclectic approach: thrashing songs indebted to punk ("Hopped Up Feelin'") and classic rock ("Got It Pretty Good"), folk-influenced pop-rock ("Silly Things"), and gorgeous jangle-pop (lead single "If I Told You"). The band recently finished their best selling tour in 15 years, The Dead Letter Tour, with support from Local H.