The Melvins

King Buzzo hints at 12 minute Tool songs

King Buzzo had a chat with Team Rock lately about his favorite Melvins albums, and while talking about Stoner Witch, had the following to say about the new Tool album:

The Stoner Witch record was the middle record of the three that we did with Atlantic. It wasn’t the best selling record from that time; Houdini was the best selling one but that was actually my least favourite of the three. I’m proud of all of those records though, and when you listen to them you can tell there’s not a lot of record company meddling going on. Stoner Witch in particular was a lot of fun to make, and we really learnt a lot in the studio on that one. I think it was the longest time we ever spent in the studio actually; 19 days, which for us is a long time. Bands like Tool obviously spend about six months on their albums, and they’ve spent about ten years putting together the new one. And they haven’t even started recording yet, but Adam [Jones, Tool guitarist] told me the shortest song they’ve been working on is twelve minutes long. Anyway, Stoner Witch was great.

It’s not much I know, but there’s not a whole load else to publish at the moment!

Check out the new Melvins album Basses Loaded below:

The Melvins hit the road with Napalm Death and Melt Banana

The Melvins will be hitting the road in March, April and May 2016 for the Savage Imperial Death March Tour. It has a massive lineup including grindcore legends Napalm Death and Japanese noise rock band Melt Banana. There are dates all across the US, with a few in Canada as well.

It’s a fantastic lineup, and I recommend you check it out if it hits your town!

March 26 Phoenix, AZ The Marquee
March 28 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater
March 30 Dallas, TX Trees
March 31 Austin, TX The Mohawk
April 1 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s
April 2 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks
April 3 Birmingham, AL Iron City
April 4 Pensacola, FL Vinyl Music Hall
April 5 Tallahassee, FL Sidebar Theater
April 7 Ft. Lauderdale, FL The Culture Room
April 8 Orlando, FL The Plaza Live
April 9 Tampa, FL The Orpheum
April 10 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
April 12 Washington, DC 930 Club
April 13 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
April 14 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
April 15 New York, NY Webster Hall
April 16 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
April 17 Montreal, QC Club Soda
April 19 Toronto, ON The Opera House
April 20 Detroit, MI Majestic Theatre
April 21 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
April 22 Chicago, IL The Metro
April 23 Milwaukee, WI The Rave II (Downstairs)
April 24 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
April 25 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
April 27 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
April 29 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
May 1 Seattle, WA The Showbox
May 2 Vancouver, BC The Venue
May 3 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
May 5 San Francisco, CA Slim’s
May 6 San Francisco, CA Slim’s
May 7 Los Angeles, CA The Troubadour
May 8 Los Angeles, CA The Troubadour

The Melvins + Napalm Death and Melt Banana

The Melvins – Across The USA In 51 Days DVD

The Melvins have a new DVD out soon, and its called Across The USA in 51 Days. It will be available via Ipecac Recordings on November 13, 2015. Here’s a description:

In 2012 the Melvins set a world record by traveling around the USA, playing all 50 states plus Washington DC in 51 days! This proves it. This DVD is a record of their travel shot entirely on mobile phones. It highlights scenes from their massively successful world record setting tour.

There’s no trailer or anything yet, but if one gets posted I’ll put it up on Fourtheye.

Don’t confuse this DVD with the other Melvins movie coming out – The Colossus of Destiny: A Melvins Tale. Apparently this is coming along nicely, but I don’t think there’s any release date just yet.

Melvins Tour Dates

The Melvins are touring around Europe in September and October, and have recently added a couple of LA dates for your gigging pleasure:

09/16 Tilburg, NET – Incubate Festival
09/18 Angers, FRA – La Chabada
09/19 Paris, FRA – La Bataclan
09/20 Belfort, FRA – Poudriere
09/21 Koln, GER – Underground
09/22 Hamburg, GER – LOGO
09/23 Bremen, GER – Lagerhaus
09/24 Berlin, GER – Berghain
09/25 Leipzig, GER – UT Connewitz
09/26 Prague, CZE – Futurm
09/27 Budapest, HUN – A38
09/28 Vienna, AUT – Arena Wien
09/29 Zagreb, CRO – Mochvara
09/30 Bologna, ITA – Locomotiv Club
10/01 Milan, ITA – Leoncavallo
10/02 Lyon, FRA – L’Epicerie Modern
10/03 Pratteln, SWI – Up In Smoke Fest
10/05 Munich, GER – Feierwerk
10/06 Frankfurt, GER – Zoom
10/08 Reading, UK – Sub89
10/09 Manchester, UK – Gorilla
10/10 London, UK – Electric Ballroom
10/24 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo (‘Melvins Lite‘ performance)
10/31 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo (performing with Jeff Pinkus)

The Melvins - Across the USA in 51 Days

The Colossus of Destiny Kickstarter

The guys making the Melvins documentary The Colossus of Destiny have started Kickstarter project in order to get the movie over the line. There are a bunch of Melvins related rewards including copies of the movie, shirts, posters and even an Executive Producer role. Head on over to the site to take a look.

Here’s another trailer for the film featuring many celebrities:

The Colossus of Destiny – A Melvins Tale

Details have emerged of a documentary about The Melvins: The Colossus of Destiny – A Melvins Tale. There is a blurb on their website, but due to some really shitty HTML I’m unable to copy and paste it easily. Essentially this is described as “an up to date visual documentation and celebration of the band The Melvins”.

Going by some of the screenshots on the site it appears it will feature David Yow, Mark Arm, John Stanier, some dudes from Soundgarden and probably some other 90s grunge rockers I don’t recognise. I’d imagine there’s half a chance Adam would make an appearance as well.

Here’s a teaser trailer:

King Buzzo solo acoustic tour hits Australia

Excellent news for Melvins fans this morning, with King Buzzo announcing he’s bringing his acoustic live show to Australia for a series of dates in August. From Frontier Touring:

Frontier Touring is thrilled to announce that rock’n’roll royalty Buzz Osborne, King Buzzo is headed to Australia with a ten-date solo acoustic tour of Australia this August!

With a career spanning 31 years, 30 albums, and over 2,000 live performances, this tour marks the first time that the monarch of metal has performed acoustically in such a unique and intimate setting.

Buzz is the front man & founding member of Melvins, whose dark and sludgy sound influenced the works of many acclaimed grunge and metal bands including Nirvana, Soundgarden, Green River and in many ways nurtured the Seattle music scene itself.

Last year the band released their nineteenth studio album Tres Cabrones (out now through Ipecac Recordings), a psychedelic hard-rock gem that saw original drummer Mike Dillard re-join Buzz and Dale Crover for a collection of tracks that playfully referenced both the punk aesthetic of the band’s roots and their current layered and exploratory sound… all done with a pierced tongue planted firmly in cheek.

Buzz also picked up the guitar to join Mike Patton, Dave Lombardo and Trevor Dunn in experimental metal supergroup Fantômas, a band that allowed each member the creative freedom to explore their many influences – both in and outside of music.

Their debut and subsequent releases received heavy praise for their innovation – second album The Directors Cut (out now through Ipecac Recordings) climbed to #18 on the ARIA Albums Chart and scored rave reviews from NME, Pitchfork and Drowned In Sound who called it “a genre breaking, irreverent album that bridges everything from metal, jazz, sludgecore, grunge, and abstract electronica… one of the most challenging, and rewarding albums of the year”.

King Buzzo’s solo and acoustic debut This Machine Kills Artists (out May 30 through Ipecac Recordings, listen to ‘Instrument Of God’ here) has actually been a long time coming – Buzz wrote a vast majority of the Melvins’ songs originally on acoustic guitar before transferring to electric – “What I’m doing, it’s not folk music, it’s not heavy metal. It’s ‘molk,’ how ’bout that?”

Across seventeen tracks, This Machine Kills Artists uses absolutely no electric guitars, amplifiers or direct boxes, offering a surprising new side to the grunge progenitor and a rawness that spotlights his skill as a songwriter. Rolling Stone premiered track ‘Dark Brown Teeth’ (listen here), remarking that it “still has the doomy, ill-angled, Beefheartian edge his band is renowned for”.

After an extensive 38-show tour of the United States, King Buzzo will now bring This Machine Kills Artists to Australian audiences for the first time with a series of shows that are guaranteed to bring the house down.

Adelaide, Geelong, Melbourne, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong, Canberra, Brisbane and Perth are all set firmly within Buzz’s sights – make certain you’re there for this rare opportunity to see a metal powerhouse like you’ve never seen him before.


Wednesday 13 August Adelaide | Enigma Bar (18+)
Thursday 14 August Geelong | Barwon Club (18+)
Friday 15 August Melbourne | Ding Dong Lounge (18+)
Wednesday 20 August Newcastle | The Small Ballroom (18+)
Thursday 21 August Sydney | Newtown Social Club (18+)
Friday 22 August Wollongong | Anita’s Theatre (18+)
Saturday 23 August Canberra | Transit Bar (18+)
Sunday 24 August Brisbane | Black Bear Lodge (18+)
Tuesday 25 August Perth | Astor Lounge (18+)

Pre-sales are happening on the 26th of March, so make sure you register for them. The venues look like small ones, so expect tickets to move reasonably quickly, especially in Sydney and Melbourne.

King Buzzo will release his new album This Machine Kills Artists on June 3rd.

King Buzzo plans solo jaunt

King Buzzo seems to be doing some acoustic work:

Buzz heads out on his very first solo, acoustic dates this February & March:

Feb. 25 – Los Angeles – Scion A/V Metal Rock Show (free rsvp begins Feb. 5)

all dates below on-sale this Friday, Feb. 7:
Mar. 2 – Minneapolis, MN – Grumpy’s Bar & Grill
Mar. 6 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
Mar. 8 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
Mar. 10 – Norman, OK – Opolis Production LLC
Mar. 11 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada
Mar. 13 – Austin, TX – Record Label Rummage Sale
Mar. 16 – Little Rock, AR – Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack
Mar. 17 – Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone
Mar. 20 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
Mar. 21 – Indianapolis, IN – Radio Radio
Mar. 22 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
Mar. 23 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon

According to Ipecac he will have a solo album out this year as well.

Maybe it’ll be something like this:

Melvins & Helmet announce joint Australian tour

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.

Mudhoney Interview Melvins

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!

Everybody Loves The Melvins

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!

Melvins Lite:
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

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