It’s been a long time coming, but The Melvins have finally announced a headline tour around Australia, this time joined by 90s stalwarts Helmet. It’s a comprehensive tour as well, featuring shows all around the country, and most importantly, not skipping Adelaide! Here are the dates:
Friday December 6 – Metropolis – Fremantle (Melvins only)
Sunday December 8 – Hi Fi Brisbane
Monday December 9 – Northern Hotel – Byron Bay
Wednesday December 11 – Cambridge Hotel – Newcastle
Thursday December 12 – Anu Bar- Canberra
Sunday 15 December – Hi Fi – Sydney
Monday December 16 – The Gov- Adelaide
Tuesday December 17 – Hi Fi- Melbourne (Melvins only)
Wednesday December 18 – Hi Fi – Melbourne (Helmet only)
Wednesday December 18– Brisbane Hotel- Hobart (Melvins only)
Both bands also play on the Meredith Music Festival on the weekend of the 13th, 14th & 15th of December.
It’ll be great to see both bands playing. Helmet have toured semi-regularly in recent years, however The Melvins haven’t had a decent Australian tour for a long time.
No word on what Melvin’s configuration it will be – I’m betting on the four piece version. The Melvins are currently touring the US celebrating their 30th Anniversary with Butthole Surfer Jeff Pinkus on bass.
Mark Arm from grunge band Mudhoney has interviewed King Buzzo from the Melvins to help celebrate their 30th Anniversary. It’s a great interview and here’s a snippet for you all:
Mark: Have you ever dabbled in the ‘Dark Arts,’ the Occult, Witchcraft, Blackface? Are your souls spoken for, or can we have them?
Buzz: Of course! I sold my soul to the devil decades ago and look how well it’s worked out! I’m at the pinnacle of success! The highest possible point of the rock’n’roll garbage heap! I love that occult shit. Himmler was deeply involved in all of that teenage black arts crap and it didn’t do him a bit of good. He went from chicken farmer to genocide to suicide in almost no time at all. Perfect. In reality though the best part about all that witchcraft, dark arts nonsense are the Goth chicks! Now you’re talking! Listen babe, you can keep the thigh high leather stilettos and the rubber mini skirt but you have to shove that Anton LaVey book up your ass.
The Melvins also recently announced tour dates to celebrate:
07/12 – Phoenix, Ariz.@ Crescent Ballroom
07/13 – Albuquerque, N.M. @ The Launchpad
07/15 – Denver, Colo. @ The Summit Music Hall
07/17 – Omaha, Neb. @ The Waiting Room
07/18 – Rock Island, Ill. @ Rock Island Brewing Company
07/20 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ Bash 13 (Grumpy’s) *
07/21 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ Turner Hall Ballroom **
07/22 – Chicago, Ill. @ Double Door
07/23 – St. Louis, Mo. @ The Firebird
07/25 – Cleveland, Ohio @ The Grog Shop
07/26 – Detroit, Mich. @ Small’s
07/27 – Syracuse, N.Y. @ The Westcott Theater
07/29 – Boston, Mass. @ Paradise Rock Club
07/30 – Hartford, Conn. @ Arch Street Tavern
07/31 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Venue TBA
08/01 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Underground Arts
08/02 – Baltimore, Md. @ Ottobar
08/03 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
08/04 – Carrboro, N.C. @ Cat’s Cradle
08/05 – Atlanta, Ga. @ The Loft at Center Stage Atlanta
08/07 – New Orleans, La. @ One Eyed Jack’s
08/08 – Houston, Texas @ Warehouse Live – Studio
08/09 – Austin, Texas @ Mohawk
08/10 – Dallas, Texas @ Trees
08/13 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ Club Sound
08/14 – Boise, Idaho @ Neurolux
08/16 – Seattle, Wash. @ Neumo’s
08/19 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Commodore Ballroom
08/20 – Portland, Ore. @ Wonder Ballroom
08/22 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Slim’s
And don’t forget that Mudhoney have a new album out as well, it’s excellent and you can grab it here!
In all the hype over the forthcoming Opiate reissue, I’ve been negligent not to offer some cool Melvins news. It seems as though they are poised to release a new covers album called Everybody Loves Sausage. The first track has just been released, and it’s a version of Queen’s You’re My Best Friend with Caleb of Tweak Bird on vocals:
There’s also tour dates!
Apr. 23 Tourcoing, France Le Grand Mix
Apr. 24 Brussels, Belgium VK* Concerts
Apr. 25 Haarlem, Netherlands Patronaat
Apr. 26 Cologne, Germany Burgerhaus Stollwerck
Apr. 27 Luxembourg Kulturfabrik
Apr. 28 Schorndorf, Germany Club Manufaktur
Apr. 29 Geneva, Switzerland L’Usine
Apr. 30 Livorno, Italy The Cage
May 1 Milan, Italy Bloom
May 2 Munich, Germany Hansa 39
May 3 Prague, Czech Republic Matrix
May 4 Wroclaw, Poland Asymmetry Festival
May 5 Leipzig, Germany UT Connewitz
May 7 & 8 Berlin, Germany Festsaal Kreuzberg
May 10 & 11 Paris, France Trabendo
May 13 & 14 Vienna, Austria Arena Wien
May 16 & 17 Zurich, Switzerland Rote Fabrik
May 19 & 20 London, UK Electric Brixton
May 25 Baltimore, MD Maryland Deathfest
May 27 Millvale, PA Mr. Small’s Theatre
May 28 Columbus, OH A&R Music Bar
May 29 Cincinnati OH The Ballroom at the Taft Theatre
June 1 Memphis, TN Scion Rock Fest
According to a recent Ipecac announcement “The Melvins will play a last minute show at Slim’s in San Francisco, CA on December 29th, 2012.”. San Franciscans take note!
Presumably it’s Melvins + Big Business as opposed to Melvins Lite. Or perhaps both, they do crazy shit from time to time!
Scion AV have released the new Melvins EP The Bull & The Bees overnight. Head over to their website to collect and listen to the goodies now! This EP features 5 tracks performed by the Melvins/Big Business 4 piece combo.
There’s also a great video to go with the first track The War On Wisdom:
Spin have a nice interview with King Buzzo today, in which he talks about the forthcoming Melvins album Freak Puke. The album, which features Trevor Dunn on bass, is sounding more and more interesting:
Is he (Trevor Dunn) playing stand up on the whole record?
The whole record. There is no electric bass on that record whatsoever. As a matter of fact, there’s not even a bass amp on that record. It’s all miked bass. Not even a pick up out of a bass into an amp or anything. It’s straight acoustic. I think it’s an animal unlike anything we’ve ever done.
I couldn’t believe Dale plays with brushes on it.
Yeah. Dale played a really old drum set. A 1940s Gretsch kit I believe. I play through all kinds of crap. We do some much screwing around I have no idea what’s what, you know. Studio to me is just wide open. A lot of times we’ll go in totally unprepared and take it from there.
Also revealed (which I actually already knew but forgot to post) is that The Melvins will be on the Carson Daly show sometime in April.
Got a shitload of money, yet not quite enough to afford an orange Lamborghini? Maybe you should make a bid on the Melvan! From Ebay:
1972 Dodge Sportsman Royal Van, better known as the "MELVAN" Featured in many books, Cobain Unseen, Come As You Are ETC. & Many NIRVANA documentary films. This is a very unique piece of MEVINS/NIRVANA history & truly one of a kind. The KISS Mural on the side was hand drawn by Kurt Cobain using sharpie markers shoplifted from the Thriftway grocery store in Montesano Washington. (former employer of King Buzzo) This was one of the first MELVINS tour vans & was used on at least one U.S. tour. Kurt himself was often times known to drive this van to local shows, also included are two former registration’s, one signed by Roger Osborne (King Buzzo) & the second signed by former MELVINS bass player Matt Lukin ! Bid High & Bid Often ,this will probably be your one & only chance to own this unique piece of music history !
At time of writing, bidding is at US$98,100 and the reserve still isn’t met! Make a bid now!
Just as interesting are some of the Ebay questions:
Q: Very important. Are there any "skid marks" on the seat from Dale Crover? Thanks in advance.
A: It is possible, the original sheep skin seat cover that came with the Van in 1992 is still on the driver seat !
Q: Does it still have the original plates?
A: Yes ! complete with tabs that expired in April of 94, how spooky is that ?
Fans upset by non-Tool news should turn away now!
Anyway, people who like The Melvins, will also like this Pro-shot gig recently uploaded to Youtube. It was recorded in France, but don’t hold that against them:
The Melvins live at Hellfest, France 2011
It’s a great recording and I suggest you find the time to watch it!