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MELVINS LITE

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You know the MELVINS; Washington state sludge rock kings going way back to the 80s. Love them, or leave them their dedication to their particular aesthetic is admirable. For the last bunch of years and batch of albums Buzz Osbourne and Dale Crover have teamed with the band BIG BUSINESS to deliver their brand of heavy and weird, but on their latest album, FREAK PUKE, they are down to a 3 piece, the duo they’ve been playing with replaced by upright bass player Trevor Dunn(of MR. BUNGLE and FANTOMAS). And the results are engaging. They call it MELVINS LITE, and surely it is different and mostly less thunderous than what they are most known for, but it’s also really strange and really good. Dunn’s bass playing in general, and especially when using his bow sets a serious mood, adding a wonderful factor of creep to what the MELVINS have long done so well. “Mr. Rip Off” which you can hear below is a prime example of the queasy alchemy this trio finds in playing together. Definitely comes off as some kind of proto-metal, full of grooves and melody and that great sounding bowed bass. I had not been paying much attention to the MELVINS as of late. Whoops. This is great stuff. Out on IPECAC. Catch the MELVINS as the MELVINS LITE as they blow through New England next week attempting to enter the Guinness Book of World Records as the first band to play all 50 states and D.C. in 51 days. I must also admire their dedication to craziness.

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