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That's right, The Bride Screamed Murder.
With a title like that, you know the record has to be a stone groove. The Bride Screamed Murder was recorded in a couple of weeks somewhere in Los Angeles...I've been told the recording studio they used was within walking distance of a Starbucks. Where isn't? This marks the third recording in a row with the same band lineup, which is almost a new record without booting a band member! What gives?
The Melvins have been around for like 25 or 26 years and they've seen some heavy shit come down...And some of it was even music. They did five albums on indie labels before they got signed to Atlantic Records in 1993...I know it sounds like a crock but it's the truth. For once something in a Melvins bio is the truth. And AND..Atlantic actually released three Melvins records before dumping them. I guess that once the top brass at Atlantic finally got around to listening to what the albums they were paying for sounded like, they gave them the old heave ho!
Oh well...In almost no time at all it was on to greener pastures in the form of Ipecac Records where the Melvins have been putting out albums ever since. How many albums have they done on Ipecac? A shit load.
But, what do the Melvins sound like? They've been described as sounding like an explosion in a machine shop, a drum set falling down stairs, a wolverine and a trout in a blender, ice cream and pickles, talentless geeks and a several other flattering epithets. King Buzzo describes the Melvins music as "Captain Beefheart playing heavy metal." I guess that's a pretty good description.
The Melvins have also been through a shit load of band members, remarkably they still include founding member King Buzzo and almost founding member Dale Crover and they still have the Big Business guys Mr. Warren and Mr. Willis playing with them.
Here's what the boys think of their new album The Bride Screamed Murder.
King Buzzo says: "I like the record. And, for once, we didn't fuck it up. I mean it's fucked up and everything but we didn't 'fuck' it up...If you follow me."
Dale Crover: "It's good! They pretty much just woke me up to play drums or sing. I slept through the hard part of the mixing while lying on the couch with head phones on."
Mr. Warren: "I really dig my bass sound on this. It has a sort of 'up' quality I've always been looking for but never was able to achieve until now."
Mr. Willis: "I think the general public will really get this one for once. Dale said I was playing my drums like a king shit hillbilly hotshot...I guess that was a compliment."
Poster by Jason Goad
The Aquarian Weekly interview with Dale about the new album and other things.
Exclaim.ca interview with Buzz regarding 'The Bride Screamed Murder'.
ArtistDirect.com interview with Buzz.
Subba-Cultcha.com interview with Buzz.
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The long awaited, limited edition Melvin's box set is about to be released, just in time for their upcoming US tour. It has been in the works for over three years and now it will FINALLY be available to the public.
This box set is a limited edition of 300. It has been letterpress printed on an antique press from the 1890s. The press is powered by a treadle and fed by hand. Each individual CD package has gone through the press from four to eight times.
The set contains the following releases:
The Bride Screamed Murder
Nude with Boots
Hostile Ambient Takeover
Pigs of the Roman Empire
Colossus of Destiny
Gluey Porch Treatments
The box sets will be available at the shows and also online.
Bring your pennies.
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Aaron Turner of ISIS posted the layout art for the upcoming split 12" that will be out on Hydra Head Records this summer, hopefully in time for the tour dates they'll be doing together. The Melvins side will include alternate versions of 'Pig House' & 'I'll Finish You Off' - two songs on the next full length 'The Bride Screamed Murder' which is set to be released June 1st on Ipecac.
Newbury Comics has The Bride Screamed Murder available for pre-order and it comes with a bonus signed CD Booklet.
The Jerusalem University radio station 106fm Jerusalem did a series of specials dedicated to the Melvins when they visited back in April of 2007 and all of the podcasts for the shows have been archived. Check them out!
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The next Melvins full-length, entitled "The Bride Screamed Murder" is set to be released via Ipecac on June 1st. North American tourdates have been announced and they've also released the cover art and tracklisting.
And.... wait for it...... themelvins.net has a new twitter account which you can follow at twitter.com/melvinsdotnet if you're into that kind of thing
'The Bride Screamed Murder' Tracklisting:
- The Water Glass
- Evil New War God
- Pig House
- I'll Finish You Off
- Electric Flower
- Hospital Up
- Inhumanity and Death
- My Generation?
- P.G. x 3
- June 1, 2010 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
- June 2, 2010 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse
- June 3, 2010 - Albuquerque, NM - Launch Pad
- June 5, 2010 - Austin, TX - Emos
- June 7, 2010 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
- June 8, 2010 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
- June 9, 2010 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
- June 10, 2010 - Birmingham, AL - Bottle Tree
- June 12, 2010 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Festival
- June 14, 2010 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
- June 16, 2010 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
- June 17, 2010 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre Of The Living Arts
- June 18, 2010 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
- June 19, 2010 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall Of Williamsburg
- June 20, 2010 - Boston, MA - Paradise
- June 21, 2010 - Boston, MA - Paradise
- June 23, 2010 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
- June 24, 2010 - Detroit, MI - Small’s
- June 25, 2010 - Chicago, IL - Double Door
- June 26, 2010 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
- June 27, 2010 - Des Moines, IA - House Of Bricks
- June 29, 2010 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
- July 2, 2010 - Calgary, AB, Canada - Sled Island Festival
- July 3, 2010 - Calgary, AB, Canada - Sled Island Festival
- July 5, 2010 - Vancouver, BC, Canada - Rickshaw Theatre
- July 6, 2010 - Seattle, WA - Showbox At The Market
- July 7, 2010 - Eugene, OR - John Henry's
- July 9, 2010 - San Jose, CA - Blank Club
Hydra Head will also be putting out a split 7" with the Melvins and Isis to coincide with the upcoming dates they're doing in June.
melvins.com posted a bonus remix by Hiro Noodles which you can download here. Speaking of melvins.com, they're also using twitter now(sparingly).
Members of the forum have collaborated to create a Melvins tribute album which can be downloaded here.
The Austrian magazine Rokko’s Adventures put out a special issue, 92 pages dedicated only to the Melvins, including exclusive photos. Despite the website being in German the magazine is in English and was a big hit with the members of the forum, read the thread here. Read more for further details...
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From The Nursery, artist/writer Bob Nickas' new label has just released a new Melvins 12" EP(as far as I know the label has no website). - "A limited edition three-track 12-inch EP from MELVINS featuring a long version of “Dies Iraea” and a remix of “It Tastes Better Than The Truth” on the A-side (performed by the line-up of KING BUZZO, DALE CROVER, JARED WARREN and COADY WILLIS in 2008), and a 9-minute version of The Wipers’ “Youth of America” on the flip (featuring Buzz, Dale and KEVIN RUTMANIS, recorded by TIM GREEN at Louder in 2000). None of these tracks have appeared on vinyl prior. Limited to 2,000 copies (with 1,500 for distribution) pressed on silver/gray vinyl, with artwork by STEVEN PARRINO. Named “Record of the Month” in the February, 2010 issue of Vice Magazine." Best place to get it right now is Midheaven.
- Dies Iraea (long version)
- It Tastes Better Than The Truth (remix)
- Youth Of America
Word has it that Melvins will be playing at Bonnaroo this year.
VBS.TV has posted a video interview with Buzz from the New York ATP.
Additionally, Dale's side project Shrinebuilder has announced tour dates for March/April:
Mar 2 2010 Casbah San Diego, California
Mar 3 2010 Echo Los Angeles
Mar 4 2010 Echo Los Angeles
Mar 5 2010 Voodoo Lounge San Jose
Mar 6 2010 Metro Oakland
Mar 7 2010 The Independent San Francisco
Mar 9 2010 Neumos Seattle
Mar 11 2010 New York University NY, New York
Mar 13 2010 Scion Rock Festival Columbus OH
Apr 17 2010 Roadburn Festival Tilburg
Apr 18 2010 The Scala London
Apr 19 2010 De Kreun Kortrijk
Apr 20 2010 La Maroquinerie Paris
Apr 21 2010 Substage Karlsruhe
Apr 22 2010 Rote Fabrik Zurich
Apr 23 2010 Bloom Mezzago
Apr 24 2010 Bronson Ravenna
Apr 25 2010 Arena Vienna
Apr 26 2010 Futurum Prague
Apr 27 2010 Feierwerk Munich
Apr 28 2010 Conne Island Leipzig
Apr 29 2010 Berghain Berlin
Apr 30 2010 Asymmetry Festival Wroclaw
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Melvins will be playing their first show of 2010 at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA on January 2nd.
rock-a-rolla.com posted a quote from Buzz regarding the new Melvins album they'll be recording sometime early next year for a middle of 2010 release: The unstoppable Melvins will hit the studio in February ’10 to record the follow-up to 2008’s Nude With Boots, Buzz revealed to Rock-A-Rolla recently. “I have maybe 300 songs, so we’ll choose, you know, about 55 – 60 minutes, from that” he told us. The LP, scheduled for a late spring/summer release via Ipecac, will feature a song Buzz “wrote in the 90s”.
The Skinny has posted Buzz's (current) top 10 albums of all time (follow the link for more info):
- The Stooges - Fun House
- David Bowie - Station to Station
- Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bollocks
- Brainiac - Electroshock for President
- The Gun Club - Fire of Love
- Throbbing Gristle - Heathen Earth
- The Latin Playboys - Dose
- Butthole Surfers - Psychic... Powerless... Another Mans Sac
- ZZ Top - Tres Hombres
- Cream - Wheels of Fire