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Dale just announced that his band Dale Crover Band will be touring the western U.S. in December along with Redd Kross which he'll also be drumming for and of course Steven McDonald will be on bass! Dale recently played his first show with his band, check out the video as well as the upcoming tour dates below, go to reddkross.com for ticket information. The melvins merch site also has a new Dale t-shirt up for sale, pick that up so that you have something to wear to the show!
Dec 5 San Diego, CA- The Casbah
Dec 6 Phoenix, AZ - Last Exit Live
Dec 7 Las Vegas, NV - Beauty Bar
Dec 8 Ventura, CA - The Garage
Dec 10 Santa Cruz, CA - The Atrium at The Catalyst
Dec 11 San Jose, CA - The Ritz
Dec 12- Sacramento, CA - Holy Diver
Dec 15 Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
Dec 16 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
Dec 17 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
Dec 19 San Francisco, CA - Slim's
Dec 20 Santa Ana, CA - Marty's on Newport
Poster art by Mike Sandoval
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the Melvins are back out on the road in support of their latest album Pinkus Abortion Technician hitting towns in the U.S. and Canada over the next month or so. European dates are also starting to pop up for the fall, be sure to check the tour dates page as new dates are announced.
The band did a series of tour diary posts for Brooklyn Vegan during the first leg of their tour check them out:
- (part 1): two bassists, Pinkus punching Dale, fancy outfits, more
- (part 2): Dale working Warsaw’s bistro, James Gang’s Jim Fox, more
- (part 3): joining Cheap Trick on stage, a Totally Nude mishap & more
They'll also be announcing the long awaited release of the film companion piece to last year's A Walk With Love & Death which will be packaged with vinyl of the soundtrack via Amphetamine Reptile Records. Check out the artwork below for the limited edition release with artwork by HAZE XXL.
Check out an interview with Dale on the latest episode of The Trap Set podcast.
Buzz was interviewed recently on the RocknRoll Beer Guy podcast.
September 26, 2018 - Bristol, England - Exchange (w/ Fuck Authority)
September 28, 2018 - Reims, France - La Cartonnerie (w/ Shitkid)
September 29, 2018 - Besançon, France - Festival Détonation
October 1, 2018 - Leuven, Belgium - Het Depot
October 2, 2018 - Paris, France - Alhambra (w/ Shitkid)
October 4, 2018 - Brest, France - La Carène (w/ Shitkid)
October 5, 2018 - La Rochelle, France - La Sirène (w/ Shitkid)
October 16, 2018 - Hamburg, Germany - Logo (w/ Shitkid)
October 17, 2018 - Cologne, Germany - Gebaude 9 (w/ Shitkid)
October 23, 2018 - Birmingham, England - 02 Academy 2 (w/ Jon Spencer)
October 24, 2018 - Norwich, England - The Waterfront (w/ Jon Spencer)
October 25, 2018 - Cardiff, Wales - Y Plas (w/ Jon Spencer)
October 26, 2018 - Leeds, England - Stylus (w/ Jon Spencer)
October 28, 2018 - Manchester, England - Academy 2 (w/ Jon Spencer)
October 29, 2018 - Brighton, People's Republic of Brighton - Concorde 2 (w/ Jon Spencer)
October 30, 2018 - London, England - Koko (w/ Jon Spencer)
Poster art by Scott Buoncristiano
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Today (4/20) marks the official release date for Pinkus Abortion Technician, the new Melvins album featuring both Steven McDonald and Jeff Pinkus on bass! The Melvins bandcamp page has the new album available for streaming/digital download and I've embedded it below. You can pick up the CD/T-shirt bundle the band is offering at their official Revolve merch site. Amphetamine Reptile Records will be announcing details of the vinyl release within the next week or so, check out the album art below by HAZE XXL and be sure to follow them on facebook to stay on top of those details as the release will be limited.
The band also released a new music video directed by Ava Hazelmyer for "Don't Forget to Breathe" track 3 off the album. “We’re very excited to have a video for our song ‘Don’t Forget To Breathe,” directed by the hyper-talented Ava Hazelmyer. Hopefully there will be more collaborations with her in the future,” said Buzz Osborne.
“I like to make scenes devoid of context or overt meaning, explained Hazelmyer (www.avahazelmyer.com). “I like taking everyday things and dropping them into an absurd setting. I like the idea of something being experienced without any preconceived notions or connections.”
Pinkus Abortion Technician linocut cover art by HAZE XXL
Revolver asked Buzz to share his "10 Albums That Made Me" and he also talked a little bit about Pinkus Abortion Technician, he had this to say about working with both Steven and Jeff - "These guys are world-class players. They're as good as anybody out there. They're better, because they have better sensibilities. All the stuff that I can get from Jeff's involvement in the Butthole Surfers and Steven's involvement in Redd Kross, I want that in my band. I want all that weirdness and all that sickness and all that insanity."
Steven was recently interviewed by the Vinyl Guide, "Steven Shane McDonald has been in punk rock bands since age 10, opening for Black Flag before he was old enough to drive. Today he shares those early stories, the formation and evolution of Redd Kross, his virtual collaboration with the White Stripes, playing w Melvins, their new LP & what's next for his other bands."
The band hits the road in the U.S. on 4/26, check the tour dates page to see when they'll be near you!
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Today the band released a new video directed by Mackie Osborne for the 2nd track from the forthcoming (4/20) album Pinkus Abortion Technician! “’Embrace The Rub’ is a Steven McDonald penned, punker tune throwback to his days as a young Hawthorne, CA punk hanging out with Black Flag,” Dale Crover explained in a press release. “For some reason, I decided that this tune really needed a piano part.”
Buzz worked with Hilbish Design to create a new guitar effects pedal, The Pessimiser! "This collaboration pedal was developed and designed with the Melvin’s King Buzzo, to capture his unique distortion tones spanning his entire career. The Pessimiser features a wide range 3-band active EQ, with the ability to boost and cut. The Boost control goes from light overdrive to over the top fuzz. The Mix control lets you go from completely clean tones to full on distortion, and everything in between. The Blast control controls your volume, dipshit. Use it on guitar, bass, synth, or as a studio effect."
This first edition of 150 pedals are hand built in Lynchburg, Virginia by Hilbish Design. Orders will ship in May 2018 or pick one up from the band's merch table this spring while they're on tour!
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Today the Melvins announced Pinkus Abortion Technician their next album, which will feature both Steven McDonald and Jeff Pinkus on bass simultaneously! The album is scheduled to be released on April 20th via Ipecac Recordings. In addition to that, they've also released the dates for their U.S. tour which begins in late April, check out the tour dates below.
"With our upcoming release, we double your bass player with Steven McDonald and Jeff Pinkus holding down the bottom," explains Dale Crover. "It's an experiment in the low end of the aural spectrum where we asked ourselves, 'Would it work?' 'Could it work??' 'Should it work???' The answers were yes, yes and YES!"
"We've never had two bass players," adds Buzz Osborne. "We've had two drummers and two guitar players, so it makes total sense to now have two bass players. We'll be taking this two-prong bass attack on the road as well which should prove to be interesting. 'Pinkus Abortion Technician' is a radically great record and was a stone groove to record. We drank a lot of coffee and enjoyed each other's company. I like Steven and Jeff a great deal. I admire their bass playing and singing and both of them can grill a mean steak."
"Pinkus Abortion Technician" track listing:
- Stop Moving To Florida
- Embrace The Rub
- Don't Forget To Breathe
- Flamboyant Duck
- Break Bread
- I Want To Hold Your Hand
- Prenup Butter
"Stop Moving To Florida" is a medley of the James Gang's "Stop" and BUTTHOLE SURFERS' "Moving To Florida", the band also covers THE BEATLES' "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and BUTTHOLE SURFERS' "Graveyard" on the eight-song release. Pre-orders will be announced soon.
2018 U.S. Tour Dates
April 26 San Diego, CA Casbah
April 27 Tucson, AZ The Rock
April 29 Dallas, TX Tree’s
April 30 Austin, TX Mohawk
May 1 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall
May 3 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon
May 4 Birmingham, AL Zydeco
May 6 Charlotte, NC Visulite Theater
May 7 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
May 9 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
May 10 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
May 11 Brooklyn, NY Warsaw
May 12 Hamden, CT Space Ballroom
May 13 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
May 14 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre
May 18 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
May 19 Pittsburgh, PA Rex Theater
May 20 Louisville, KY Headliner’s Music Hall
May 22 Nashville, TN 3rd & Lindsley
May 23 Memphis, TN Hi-Tone
May 24 St. Louis, MO The Ready Room
May 25 Kansas City, MO Record Bar
May 26 Tulsa, OK Cain's Ballroom
May 27 Norman, OK Opolis
May 29 Santa Fe, NM Meow Wolf
May 30 Flagstaff, AZ The Green Room
May 31 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
July 12 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
July 13 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
July 14 Fresno, CA Strummer’s
July 16 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
July 17 Sacramento, CA Holy Diver
July 19 Seattle, WA Neumo’s
July 20 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
July 21 Vancouver, BC Venue Nightclub
July 24 Edmonton, AB Union Hall
July 25 Calgary, AB Marquee Room
July 27 Winnipeg, MB Pyramid Cabaret
July 28 Fargo, ND The Aquarium (Dempsey’s Upstairs)
July 29 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
July 30 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
July 31 Chicago, IL Park West
August 2 Grand Rapids, MI The Pyramid Scheme
August 3 Detroit, MI El Club
August 4 Columbus, OH A&R Music Bar
August 5 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue Theatre
August 6 Rock Island, IL Rock Island Brewing Company
August 7 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s
August 8 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
August 10 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
August 11 Ft. Collins, CO Aggie Theatre
August 13 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
August 14 Las Vegas, NV The Bunkhouse Saloon
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Today marks the official release date of Dale's new solo effort "The Fickle Finger of Fate" via Joyful Noise Recordings. Check out the stream of the album below from their bandcamp, you can order the album directly from the label at their store. Hopefully Dale can perform some of this material live at some point but of course he's pretty busy for the next handful of months with all the Melvins touring going on at the moment. Speaking of which, he'll be pulling double duty on the European and Australian dates while he drums for Redd Kross as well. Dale also did a really fun music video that you need to check out for the track "Bad Move" which is a parody of Paul McCartney's video for "Coming Up".
What would you say fuels your more melodic sensibilities? "Oh, gosh, I don't know. Cheap Trick? Beatles? Any of that stuff. Beatles, I suppose. That was probably one of the first bands I was ever into, as cliché as that sounds. I grew up on the Beatles and the Monkees. Obviously, Neil Young has always been a big influence. I think one of the songs came out sounding more like Neil Young than I had planned [laughs]. I dunno, I've always liked melodic music. I don't just listen to Venom and Slayer [laughs]. Though those are influences, too." - Dale via Rolling Stone