Melvins News: New Album & Amazing Cover Of Butthole Surfers SongToday we have for you not one but two pieces of Melvins news; the comparatively mundane news about their next album (due out in Nov) & the freakishly surreal news of their latest live performance. Read on to quite possibly have your minds blown.

Firstly the new album. Due to drop on Nov 4th in the UK / EU via Ipecac Recordings it’s titled Tres Cabrones & features 12 songs that find Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover reuniting with original drummer Mike Dillard.

Following some amazing shows earlier in the year in the UK of both the ‘Melvins Lite’ & ‘Melvins’ incarnations of the band, as well as their having recently released a fab covers album Everybody Loves Sausages, the band are currently on a tour of the US celebrating their 30th (count them) anniversary. Ergo, they are quite possibly the hardest working bands around.

The press release about the album said:

“Tres Cabrones is as close as we’re willing to get to the Melvins 1983 line-up,” explained Osborne. “The best part is it’s all new songs. I specifically wrote tunes that would be good for these guys to play and it worked out great. We had no interest in rehashing tunes we wrote 30 years ago and chose instead to simply create NEW songs. It worked out perfectly.”
“Making the Tres Cabrones record was a real treat indeed. It’s a trip down memory lane complete with debauchery and ultra violence, ” said Dillard, who left the band in 1984 only to be replaced by Crover.
“After 30 years we release a record with the (almost) original line-up of the band,” added Crover. “I’ve always felt that drummer Mike Dillard was one of us. It’s great that he’s still a piece of the puzzle! Plus, I get to see what it’s like being the bass player in the Melvins! Tres Cabrones indeed!”

While on their latest tour the band stopped off in Chicago’s sunny Humboldt Park to record a song for the A.V. Club’s “Undercover” series. They took with them an ice cream van & a bunch of kids & in one of the least appropriate renditions of a cover version ever played Butthole Surfers apocalyptic Graveyard, off, of course, said bands magnus opus Locust Abortion Technician*. They were joined on bass by Buttholes bassist Jeff Pinkus. The sight of Buzz Osborne shouting “Freeeeeeeeeee Icecreeeeeeam” & causing a stampede to the van before launching into Graveyard is truly a sight to behold – and one you should do immediately if you haven’t already.

As it says on the Youtube page: “Beautiful, innocent mayhem.”


*arguably

All words Guy Manchester. More words by Guy can be read here. He tweets as @guid0man & uses Tumblr.

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Guy is a former full time member of the Louder Than War editorial team, who's since moved on to pastures new. Music's been a large part of his life since he first stumbled across Peel on his tranny as a fifteen year old. His whole approach to music was learnt from Peel in fact, which includes having as inclusive a taste in music as possible. Guy devotes most of his time looking for new music & although he's been known to say "the only good music is new music" he pretty much accepts this is bollocks. Favourite band The Minutemen.

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