Melvins are a rock band that formed in Montesano, Washington, United States in 1983. The band currently consists of Buzz Osborne (vocals, guitar), Jared Warren (bass), Dale Crover (drums) and Coady Willis (drums). Osborne is the only remaining original member, although Crover has been a member since early in the band's career.
In the early days of their career their dark, heavy, oppressively slow sound made them innovators of genres like sludge, grunge, and doom metal. Melvins' music is influenced by Flipper, Black Flag's My War-era hardcore punk and Black Sabbath-style heavy metal, but their idiosyncratic approach, bizarre sense of humor, and experimentation make neat categorization difficult. Singer/guitarist Buzz Osborne (aka "King Buzzo") and drummer Dale Crover are constant members while several bass guitarists have cycled through the group. Melvins usually performed as a trio until 2006 when two members of Big Business became permanent members of the band.
The band was named after a grocery clerk at the Thriftway in Montesano, Washington where Osborne was employed. Melvin was the most-hated fellow employee and the band felt it to be an appropriate name. Like SF noisenik predecessors Flipper, their love of slow tempos and sludgy sound were a strong influence on grunge music, especially Nirvana and many other bands from Seattle. Their protegés, however, tended to use more conventional musical structures with this sound.
Though the group has received mostly positive critical notice, Crover's drumming has been especially praised; Patrick Kennedy describes his work as "astonishing, powerful, and daring."
While never finding and most likely never even seeking great mainstream success, Melvins maintain an impressive schedule of new albums and tours, including a collaboration with Fantômas in The Fantômas Melvins Big Band, two releases with former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra, and in 2004 Melvins collaborated with ambient artist Lustmord for Pigs of the Roman Empire. In appreciation of their devoted fans, Melvins have released various collectables through the years that have included two-headed dolls, an eight-track tape, and a plastic fetus in a jar.
Fellow Aberdeen resident Kurt Cobain (a good friend of Crover) was a huge Melvins fan and helped them transport their equipment to a few shows. Cobain also auditioned to join the band on bass, but he didn't make it, reportedly because he was so nervous that he forgot all the songs. Cobain maintained his relation with the band. Later he produced and played on some songs (guitar on "Sky Pup", percussion on "Spread Eagle Beagle") on the band's major label debut, Houdini. Dale Crover is also attributed as playing on the Nirvana debut album, Bleach, and on "Incesticide". In addition, Dave Grohl (ex-drummer for Nirvana) co-wrote and played drums for Isabella on Buzzo's Melvins solo album, King Buzzo.
Melvins are currently performing with bass player Jared Warren from Big Business, who participated on their albums (a) Senile Animal and Nude with Boots along with Osborne and Crover. Coady Willis, the drummer from Big Business, has also been inducted into the band - he and Crover both take up the position of drummer simultaneously, contributing extremely heavy-hitting, explosive rhythms in synchronization with each other.
Currently, Melvins are on a US tour, that will be followed by a European tour late this fall. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.
|Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 9:00PM||Melvins @ 40 Watt Club in Athens, GA||Athens, GA|
|Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 7:00PM||Melvins @ Masquerade - Hell Stage in Atlanta, GA||Atlanta, GA|
|Friday, September 22, 2017 at 7:00PM||Melvins @ 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville, TN||Nashville, TN|
|Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 7:00PM||Melvins @ Hi-Tone in Memphis, TN||Memphis, TN|
|Monday, September 25, 2017 at 7:00PM||Melvins @ High Noon Saloon in Madison, WI||Madison, WI|
|Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 7:00PM||Melvins @ Rock Island Brewing Co in Rock Island, IL||Rock Island, IL|
|Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 7:00PM||Melvins @ Wooly's in Des Moines, IA||Des Moines, IA|
|Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 7:00PM||Melvins @ The Waiting Room in Omaha, NE||Omaha, NE|
|Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 7:00PM||Melvins @ Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins, CO||Fort Collins, CO|
|Monday, October 2, 2017 at 7:00PM||Melvins @ Launchpad in Albuquerque, NM||Albuquerque, NM|
|Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 7:00PM||Melvins @ The Green Room in Flagstaff, AZ||Flagstaff, AZ|
|Monday, October 9, 2017 at 7:30PM||Melvins @ Exchange in Bristol, United Kingdom||Bristol, United Kingdom|
|Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 7:30PM||Melvins @ Brudenell Social Club in Leeds, United Kingdom||Leeds, United Kingdom|
|Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 7:00PM||Melvins @ SWG3 TV Studio in Glasgow, United Kingdom||Glasgow, United Kingdom|
|Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 7:00PM||Melvins @ Gorilla in Manchester, United Kingdom||Manchester, United Kingdom|
|Friday, October 13, 2017 at 6:00PM||Melvins @ O2 Institute2 Birmingham in Birmingham, United Kingdom||Birmingham, United Kingdom|
|Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 7:00PM||Melvins @ Desertfest in Antwerp, Belgium||Antwerp, Belgium|
|Monday, October 16, 2017 at 7:00PM||Melvins @ LOGO in Hamburg, Germany||Hamburg, Germany|
|Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 8:00PM||Melvins @ Jazzhouse in Copenhagen, Denmark||Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 7:00PM||Melvins @ Pustervik in Göteborg, Sweden||Göteborg, Sweden|
|Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 8:00PM||Melvins @ Bla in Oslo, Norway||Oslo, Norway|
|Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7:00PM||Melvins @ Babel in Malmö, Sweden||Malmö, Sweden|
|Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 7:00PM||Melvins @ Festsaal in Berlin, Germany||Berlin, Germany|
|Monday, October 23, 2017 at 7:00PM||Melvins @ Ut Connewitz in Leipzig, Germany||Leipzig, Germany|
|Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 7:00PM||Melvins @ Arena Wien in Steinbach Im Burgenland, Austria||Steinbach Im Burgenland, Austria|
|Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 9:00PM||Melvins @ Live Club in Trezzo Sull'adda, Italy||Trezzo Sull'adda, Italy|
|Friday, October 27, 2017 at 7:00PM||Melvins @ Rote fabrik in Zurich, Switzerland||Zurich, Switzerland|
|Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 8:30PM||Melvins @ Club Manufaktur in Schorndorf, Germany||Schorndorf, Germany|
|Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 7:00PM||Melvins @ Gebaude 9 in Cologne, Germany||Cologne, Germany|
|Monday, October 30, 2017 at 8:00PM||Melvins @ Paradiso Noord, Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam, Netherlands||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 7:00PM||Melvins @ Electric Brixton in London, United Kingdom||London, United Kingdom|
|Friday, November 3, 2017 at 7:30PM||Melvins @ Amplifier Capitol in Perth, Australia||Perth, Australia|
|Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 7:30PM||Melvins @ The Gov in Adelaide, Australia||Adelaide, Australia|
|Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 8:00PM||Melvins @ Max Watts Melbourne in Melbourne, Australia||Melbourne, Australia|
|Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 7:30PM||Melvins @ The Factory Theatre in Sydney, Australia||Sydney, Australia|
|Friday, November 10, 2017 at 8:00PM||Melvins @ Crowbar in Fortitude Valley, Australia||Fortitude Valley, Australia|