"...When forming the Melvins in Washington State at Montesano High School in 1983, with drummer Mike Dillard and future Mudhoney bassist Matt Lukin, guitarist/vocalist/mainstay Buzz “King Buzzo” Osborne admits that lasting three decades wasn’t even a fantasy. Tonight’s 30th anniversary show at the Mohawk is no less surprising to the 49-year-old...."
"...The death of Eyehategod drummer Joey LaCaze cast a shadow over metal this year, and many expected the New Orleans legacy to pull out of its Housecore Horror set next month. Instead, Dale Crover – sticksman with the fest’s newly added Melvins – will be filling his seat in a tribute set...."
"...In the wake of Tia Carrera's new self-titled disc on Australian Cattle God, seven jams recorded at Cacophony Recorders and the Launch Pad over the past two years, and the group's return from the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City, the Chronicle engaged Morales in an e-mail dialogue about an album that influenced the band's sessions. His choice? The Melvins' copyright-infringing, 1991 classic, Lysol, subsequently re-released as The Melvins..."
"...Last year at the inaugural Housecore Horror festival, New Orleans sludge rippers Eyehategod overcame the sudden death of drummer Joey LaCaze by guesting Melvins mainstay Dale Cover at their Emo’s performance. Back with a permanent percussive anchor and first studio in 14 years, Mike Williams’ gritty crew returns for year two and possibly many more...."
"...Buzz Osborne takes a sonic sidestep on Sunday at Red 7, leaving his trusty EGC axe and Sunn Beta amp head at home in favor of a Chinese Blueridge acoustic guitar. We sparred with the ever immodest Melvins mainstay about his solo tour and new LP, This Machine Kills Artists...."
"...Ginn, Reyes, and Vallely were all sighted at the Legendary White Swan last Saturday watching Deadly Reign. While nothing's on the books yet, Vallely says touring starts April, right here in Texas. Melvins Go Pinkus..."
"...It’s not about some texture of sound that you can mosh to, not that there’s anything wrong with that, but that’s just not us. I’ll tell you what I just absolutely detest: I went to go see the Melvins recently at Emo’s and I was just standing there trying to enjoy this amazing band that I grew up listening to, in this ultimate moment of sorts for me – seeing the Melvins with Big Business setup with two drummers – and this dude just starts slam dancing in front of me, elbowing my girlfriend and shit..."
"...The music business was like a governmental cabinet changing ministers and parties; younger people started getting better jobs in it in A & R and management. Good bands -- like Ministry and the Butthole Surfers and Soundgarden -- could suddenly be heard on radio and MTV; unusual bands, like Rocket, Shonen Knife, and the Melvins, were being treated with respect...."
"...› Jeff Pinkus continues pulling double duty, playing in both the Melvins and Honky as they tour nationwide. Considering his ongoing tenure in Butthole Surfers, Pinkus now has the coolest rock & roll résumé in town, playing in two of the most esteemed underground rock bands of the last 30 years..."
"...Had I been able to conduct this interview after finally experiencing Black: Implication Flooding, their collaboration with Keiji Haino, or been able to ask follow-up questions, this would have taken on a different life. Still, via e-mail and a translator, drummer Atsuo unpacks the band’s bountiful and boundless avant-garde metal. Into the Void: Boris takes their name from a Melvins song..."
"...Kicking off tonight, Thursday, at the Dirty Dog Bar and continuing all weekend at Emo's and Antone's, Housecore boasts Italian prog veterans Goblin scoring Dario Argento's art-splatter classic Susperia on the reunited band's first trip to America. Look also for heavy mainstays Gwar, the Melvins, Pig Destroyer, and up-and-comers including Pallbearer and Bloody Hammers..."
"..."We would have killed to open for the Melvins," nods guitarist/vocalist Jon Kelly of the Flood. "They were the first group that showed me that there was more power in playing slow." The local trio channels the Melvins' lethargic grime in a live setting, unleashing a beastly barrage of drone metal warped with its own jaded world-views..."
"...MelvinsNude With Boots (Ipecac)..."
"...Taking its name from the Melvins' Bullhead, Boris formed at Tokyo's Musashino Art University in 1992 and self-released its debut, the hourlong drone sequence Absolutego, four years later through its own label and graphic-design company, Fangs Anal Satan. Since then, the trio has issued more than 20 releases in various formats, each a complex reaction to that which preceded it..."
"...AC: Dave, you tour-managed the Melvins. A Melvins/Unsane tour, surely you’ve done that before...."
"..."It's what pours out of me when I write songs," he demurs, before conceding the point. "Even Buzz [Osborne] and Dale [Crover] from the Melvins told me that when I worked with them [on 2004/2005 hard-rock gems Never Breathe What You Can't See and Sieg Howdy]..."
"...Dale Crover jamming with Eyehategod was unbelievable. Without the Melvins, the entire New Orleans thing as far as slowcore goes – I don’t know what the fuck else to call it, most media call it sludge, but we’re kind of against that around here – that slow and deliberate playing in a Black Sabbath type fashion, the Melvins were the biggest influence..."
"...Thirty bands on five stages take the hip East Austin haunt back to 1994, when Sonic Youth ruled and Oasis was more than just a band of brothers who bickered over trivial shit. Exact lineups remain a mystery, but we’re hearing American Sharks will cover Nirvana, Tia Carrera shakes walls as the Melvins, and Flesh Lights guitar wiz Max Vandever recreates Teenage Fanclub...."
"...His veins a-poppin’ yell obliterates any attempt at dynamics that might make the band more than just a distortion-spewing blur. It didn’t help Whitechapel’s case that it preceded a stunning set by the Melvins...."
"...Metal will be roosting like bats at the former during the day, before stampeding into the latter come sundown of all three festival days. Plus there’s a bonus over at the Buzz Mill, with the Melvins-approved Honky headlining the coffee joint on Saturday...."