Buzz & Dale played an in-store date on Jan. 4th at Permanent Records in Los Angeles, so many people showed up that they actually decided to play two sets to accommodate the overflowing crowd! At the show they released the brand spanking new limited Art edition of Bride Screamed Murder which was limited to 100 copies and sold out quickly between the show and online sales through the AmRep shop, though rumor has it there is another edition of 50 in the works for later this year. These are amazing pieces of art, check out the details on it along with some clips from the show below.
From AmRep: There's an unbelievable amount of printing methods on this one set. Starting off with the cover that has a hand-printed HAZE XXL linocut print on paper with torn edges & methodically glued to the front with rubber stamped text. Next up on the gatefold are a pair of silk screened crow prints also designed by Haze. Now we get to the back of the sleeve with a letterpressed print by Mackie Osborne that's shows the edition number plus a rubber stamped Amphetamine Reptile logo.
But there's more, how does two hand-printed HAZE XXL relief cuts on the b-side to each record sound? That's right, you get 2 x 12"- one-sided records (A & B-sides of "The Bride Screamed Murder"), each hand-printed relief cuts on the blank b-sides of each Coke bottle green clear vinyl. Of course this is still a record set so all the songs from the original Melvins record are on there as well.
We haven't done the math, but we're guessing at this price we'll be likely making below minimum wage per hour when you add up all the carving, printing, stamping, glueing and packing!
While on the topic of AmRep releases, the final piece of the Sugar Daddy split series puzzle will be up for sale on their site within the next couple weeks. This split is with Karp and includes Bacon Industry and Rowdy. It's been a long ride, the series has been trickling out since 2012! Keep an eye on the AmRep Facebook page for all on-sale announcements.
Update 2/13: The band is doing a Friday the 13th sale for the next 13 days. A number of their shirts are on sale for only $13! Check out their store at merchaye-revolve.com/the-melvins
Joyful Noise announced that an unreleased track from Buzz will be a part of their monthly 2015 Flexi Disc Series along with Lee Ranaldo and a host of other bands. You might remember that a Melvins track was a part of their 2013 flexi series.
Speaking of Joyful Noise, they released a highly limited Lathe-Cut Flexi of a Brothers Collateral track with Buzz on vocals last spring. The song is now available to stream: J.R. Richard. Jarred Warren's vocals also appear on an interpretation of the UFO song "Love To Love". The album artwork alone makes it worth the purchase.
- This album was recorded and produced by the nimble fingers and sharp tongue of the brilliant and handsome Toshi Kasai. The dudes in Brothers Collateral were also able to keep King Buzzo of (the) Melvins off tour for long enough to record vocals for their song "J.R. Richard". The next time you see him give him $5 for a real life "King Buzzo Sentence"!
MTVIggy has a great interview with Buzz where he discusses his top 5 film scores, it's a great list!
Gearphoria featured Buzz in their most recent magazine where he details his road gear setup.
You can now stream the Melvins/Hard-Ons split 7" through the We Empty Rooms bandcamp site. Rumor has it this 7" will be released sometime later this year for those of you that might have missed out on a chance to order it!