After a year and change of no live shows, every single band on the planet has got to adapt themselves into the world of live streaming. The few live stream concerts I’ve seen have portrayed each band’s unique style and vision, but none as bizarre as The Melvins’ Volume 3: Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! which aired last Saturday, May 1st. The complete show is exactly what you would expect from this legendary band. The live stream started with acoustic versions of ‘Dark Brown Teeth’, a King Buzzo cover, and ‘Up The Dumper’. The most interesting and funny aspect of this particular live stream is that it felt like you were hanging out with the band in between songs. Each transition from song to song had a small interview that started with the whole band, then with Buzz Osborne, followed by Steven McDonald, and finishing with Dale Crover. Each interview featured hilarious stories of the band and their lives that covered the usage of masks to, of course, weed. The overall performance of the band was superb with a sound the sound quality you would expect from a band like The Melvins and the visuals were in the more psychedelic side that went along well with each of the played tracks. Overall this was a fun and refreshing way of conducting a live stream event and one that only sets up for the upcoming return of live shows.Continue reading
A Melvins Valentine’s Day Special……. Yeah…….. let that sink in for a moment. If you were anything like me you started with a puzzled look that slowly turned into a grin as the gears began turning trying to imagine what this could entail. With Covid changing the game everyone has had to dig into their bag of tricks and hustle like never before. It’s like touring (thanx to social media) has turned into who can be more creative and really tap into what they think their fans are going to want. So, a lot of bands have been going the route of the “Live Stream ”, but how the hell do you get ppl to pay to watch a band play in front of nobody? I mean it’s like sitting in on a rehearsal, it’s cool but you’re not getting the feels or the energy of the crowd and artist interaction.
The Melvins have announced a New Year’s Eve livestream event: “Melvins Tv: Volume 1, New Year’s Evil” and tickets and exclusive merch are available now. The band will perform a 5-song live streaming event also featuring interviews and extras, on Dec. 31 at 12-noon pacific/3 pm eastern/8 pm gmt/7 am AEDT. Watch the teaser now! The first in a series of streams, the outing features the core Melvins lineup of Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover, and Steven McDonald. The band recently announced the Feb. 26 release of Working With God, a second full-length album featuring the Melvins 1983 line-up of Osborne, Crover, and original Melvins’ drummer Mike Dillard, via Ipecac Records. Album pre-orders are available now at the link below.
‘Twas a mere fifteen months ago that Baton Rouge, Louisiana trio Woorms released debut album Slake (Sludgelord Records), its grooves twisted into nasty bites of hostile Sludge Metal. Follow-up Twitching, As Prey (Sludgelord Records), stays hot on the heels of that initial full-length, both chronologically and in temperament, but shows a maturity and an inventiveness far beyond its predecessor.Continue reading
Los Angeles-based act Æges is a genre-defying group of guys that are turning heads in multiple music scenes. This budding band has flourished in the last few years because they have a remarkable ability to avoid being pigeonholed. Now, this ear-catching gang is ready to independently release their fourth full-length album, Drømmen (Self-Released). The animation and spirit presented on their last release, Weightless (Another Century), which came out in 2016, is taken to a deeper level on this new record. They are showcasing their exploration of new energy by making some real, heartfelt pieces. Continue reading
Mr. Bungle is gearing up for their reunion shows in February in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City. The band will perform their 1986 demo, The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny in its entirety. It will mark the first time Mr. Bungle has performed in close to 20 years and the first time these songs have been played live in over 30 years. The band comprised of original Mr. Bungle members Trevor Dunn, Mike Patton, and Trey Spruance will be joined by Scott Ian (Anthrax, S.O.D.) and Dave Lombardo (Dead Cross, Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies) for the dates. Opening acts for the six shows will include Cattle Decapitation, Possessed, Hirax, the Melvins, Ho99o9, C*nts, and Spotlights,.The band posted to social media that they are working on cover songs for the show, and hopefully some other Mr. Bungle tracks will be played, since their final album, California, turned twenty years old in 2019. Once again, no further cities are being added to this mini-tour according to the bands’ spokesperson.Continue reading
Mr. Bungle set the music world on its ear by announcing a mini-comeback tour with six shows in total in 2020 in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. The hand-picked openers includes Cattle Decapitation, Possessed, Hirax, the Melvins, Ho99o9, C*nts and Spotlights, reflecting a mix of artists that both influenced the Eureka-born outfit’s 1986 demo, The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny, as well as current bands that the musicians are both fans of and feel are carrying on the spirit of that era, both musically and in attitude.Continue reading
The always busy and ever-evolving Melvins will reissue some of their classic early 1990s albums such as Houdini, Stoner Witch, and Stag via the always awesome MusicOnVinyl label. All three will arrive on silver vinyl on July 5th, and be limited editions each. Houdini is limited to 1,500 copies Stoner Witch is limited to 1,000 copies, and Stag will be limited to 1,000 copies on silver vinyl. Pre-orders are live now. Continue reading
From its outset – a hypnotic, ponderous bass line infused with the buzz and intermittent snarl of low-fi synthesiser – Sâver’s They Came With Sunlight (Pelagic Records) promises something pretty distinctive. What follows is an, at turns, aggressive, dark and uncertain trip set to driving rhythms and some extremely muscular stoner riffs and Ole Christian Helstad’s potent, fuzz-infused bass lines, undercut by Markus Støle’s extremely competent drumming.Continue reading
Southern stoner sludge metallers ASG have shared their stellar cover of Pink Floyd’s ‘Mother’ from their classic album The Wall. The track comes from the upcoming Magnetic Eye Records‘ The Wall [REDUX]. The cover-to-cover re-imagining of Pink Floyd’s ambitious concept album by up-and-coming and seminal artists from across the heavy music landscape, with single releases of songs from Pallbearer and Mark Lanegan already streaming. Check out ‘Mother’ now! Continue reading