This Machine Kills Artists, the solo-acoustic debut from King Buzzo is out today, June 3rd via Ipecac! Check out the full-album stream at Dangerous Minds. In addition to the U.S. tour which begins on June 10th in San Diego, Buzz has also just announced that he'll be touring Europe and Australia over August/September.
After a 31-year career in music with the Melvins, which has born over 30 albums of studio and live material, dozens of limited and highly limited 12-inch, 10-inch, and 7-inch records, and north of 2000 live performances why is he going acoustic now?
Because it actually makes sense.
After all, Buzz has written the vast majority of the Melvins’ songs with a fair amount of them originally written on an acoustic guitar and then simply transferred to electric. "I recorded most of This Machine Kills Artists with my red white and blue Buck Owens American acoustic. It's a great guitar and is pretty much irreplaceable so it's staying home for tours. It's too bad really. Maybe I can paint the Chinese one I use live red white and blue! Ha!"
This Machine Kills Artists is an authentically acoustic album with no electric guitars, amplifiers or direct boxes used during the 17-track release’s recording. Buzz’s live performance, previewed in a brief March tour, is equally raw, with the legendary singer/guitar player armed with only his guitar and his quirky-yet-captivating stories.
"I have no interest in sounding like a crappy version of James Taylor or a half assed version of Woody Guthrie,” explained Buzz. “Which is what happens when almost every rock and roller straps on an acoustic guitar. No thanks... This Machine Kills Artists is a different kind of animal." This Machine Kills Artists isn’t merely Melvins Lite (hey, there already is a Melvins Lite!), instead the album offers a surprising new side to the grunge progenitor, songs when offered naked further highlight what a powerful songwriter the Melvins’ front man is.
Along with the new album Buzz will be hitting the road on a giant tour that will take him all the way around the world! The tour itself will begin in the U.S. with a multi-month outing before winding it’s way throughout the globe. The songs on This Machine Kills Artists were written to be performed live and that's exactly what Buzz plans on doing.
It's all about digging it out of the dirt...
The more you work the luckier you get...
King Buzzo Solo Acoustic Australia Tour
August 13, 2014 - Adelaide, SA - Enigma Bar
August 14, 2014 - Geelong, VIC - Barwon Club
August 15, 2014 - Melbourne, VIC - Ding Dong Lounge
August 20, 2014 - Newcastle, NSW - The Small Ballroom
August 21, 2014 - Sydney, NSW - Newtown Social Club
August 22, 2014 - Wollongong, NSW - Anita's Theatre
August 23, 2014 - Canberra, ACT - Transit Bar
August 24, 2014 - Brisbane, QLD - Black Bear Lodge
August 26, 2014 - Perth, WA - Astor Lounge
King Buzzo Solo Acoustic European Tour
August 30, 2014 - Brighton, England - The Haunt
August 31, 2014 - Paris, France - Noveau Casino
September 1, 2014 - Köln (Cologne), Germany - Gebäude 9
September 3, 2014 - Dresden, Germany - Beatpol
September 4, 2014 - Vienna, Austria - Arena
September 5, 2014 - Judenburg, Austria - Rock Is Hell Fest
September 7, 2014 - Ravenna, Italy - Hana-bi
September 8, 2014 - Bologna, Italy - Locomotiv
September 9, 2014 - Milan, Italy - Carroponte
September 10, 2014 - Düdingen, Switzerland - Bad Bonn
September 11, 2014 - Zurich, Switzerland - Rote Fabrik (w/ Philm)
September 13, 2014 - Schorndorf, Germany - Manufaktur
September 14, 2014 - Munich, Germany - Kranhalle
September 15, 2014 - Frankfurt, Germany - Mousonturm
September 18, 2014 - Tilburg, The Netherlands - Incubate Fest
September 19, 2014 - Kortrijk, Belguim - De Kreun
September 20, 2014 - London, England - Oslo
September 21, 2014 - Bristol, England
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