"Past, future, present collide": Former Cows/Melvins/Tomahawk bassist Kevin Rutmanis’ new band Hepa/Titus cover the Cows’ “Chow” with the Melvins’ King Buzzo on vocals.
—Up The Dumper
Melvins - Brass Cupcake
Tireless alt-metal upstream swimmers the Melvins are releasing their 24th studio album, Hold It In, this October — a wildly diverse, heavily crunching project that recalls the freewheeling experimentalism of their mid-Nineties Atlantic Records run. As the Big Business bros (bassist Jared Warren and co-drummer Coady Willis) are sitting this one out, King Buzzo and Dale Crover have teamed up with two members of legendary provoco-punk noisemakers the Butthole Surfers. Joined by Buttholes guitarist Paul Leary and bassist JD Pinkus, the Melvins explores everything from psych-noise, to broken glam, to lots of classic sludge-metal, to a song reminiscent of Neil Young’s polarizing vocoder experiment Trans.
The Melvins/Buttholes love affair has been long and plentiful: The Melvins released a song called “GGIIBBYY” in 1996 (presumably after frontman Gibby Haynes), the Surfers played the Melvins co-curated ATP in 2008, the two bands shared a split 12-inch in 2011, and the Melvs spent their last tour covering the B-Holes’ “Graveyard.”
Today they releasedHold It In's opening track “Bride of Crankenstein” to iTunes, but we have a stream of “Brass Cupcake,” a track that sounds like the Cars and Devo plugging into Blue Cheer's amp stacks. Hear it now and pre-order Hold It In this Monday.
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Just to whet your appetite for Hold It In a bit more here’s the Melvins playing an old Butthole Surfers song (from Melvins vs Minneapolis).
The Melvins’ Buzz Osborne plays Loudwire’s Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction.