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Montesano, Washington, United States (1983 – present)

Melvins are a 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 , , and . Melvins’ music is influenced by Flipper, Black Flag’s My War-era and Black Sabbath-style , 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 music, especially Nirvana and many other bands from Seattle. Their protegés, however, tended to use more conventional musical structures with this sound.

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  • zkl2wwa

    Dale Crover fuckin' a man.

    Yesterday 1:09pm Reply
  • Mborestein

    Fuckin' Dale Crover man.

    19 Aug 3:25pm Reply
  • sabrage

    Yeah man... Dale Crover.

    16 Aug 11:21am Reply
  • flaccidpancake

    Dale fuckin' Crover.

    14 Aug 3:09am Reply
  • -Moshjosh-

    I've always liked these guys but apparently I've listened to them 600 times in the past week... I may be developing a problem.

    11 Aug 5:19pm Reply
  • sglangdon

    I think Kevin's got a Hepa-Titus 7" coming out on AmRep with Buzzo on vocals... There's a 7" from Dale coming out too, which I'm looking forward to hearing... And those last two clowns... And some kind of Night Goat single reissue...

    5 Aug 3:27am Reply
  • andover

    Something with Kevin would be interesting, if it's anything along the lines of HAT and the trilogy. I have been listening to the Endless Residency mp3's lately, always nice listening to Stoner Witch with the Big Biz guys.

    5 Aug 1:27am Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    Can't wait!

    31 Jul 7:13pm Reply
  • sglangdon

    Also, I really hope a studio version of Cherub makes it onto Hold It In, but if anything it's probably gonna be Graveyard...

    31 Jul 11:13am Reply
  • sglangdon

    I'm guessing the Jeff Pinkus thing is more of an 'official' thing now (rather than just a stand-in bassist for that one tour). So they have four different lineups right now. I wouldn't be surprised if they got back with Kevin for a whole record or something sometime, either...

    31 Jul 11:12am Reply
  • rorberyllium

    New album is gonna be a collab with Butthole Surfers. Wish they were coming to the East Coast.

    31 Jul 3:57am Reply
  • andover

    New stuff coming...

    31 Jul 2:35am Reply
  • fuzzyburrito

    Just saw they are announced on the culture room site. Excited:)

    29 Jul 7:05pm Reply
  • Treats4TheSOUL

    Foaming

    11 Jul 7:43am Reply
  • sabrage

    I wish I could dress as poorly as Buzzo and get away with it.

    8 Jul 12:02pm Reply
  • andover

    Bride Screamed IS pretty weird, that is true.

    1 Jul 2:48am Reply
  • antiperiodic

    @LizzyCageRain, I'm pretty sure there are multiple versions of the album since the Lysol corporation threatened legal action against them. Pretty sure one is self titled.

    28 Jun 7:31am Reply
  • sglangdon

    Drunken Baby is definitely my favourite.

    17 Jun 4:10pm Reply
  • Fureon

    Buzzo's solo album kicks some serious ass. I can't deny that some songs do sound like Melvins unplugged, but there is a fair share of songs that work especially well in the acoustic setting. Like Drunken Baby, Useless King Of The Punks, and others. SO GOOD. As for the other tracks... BUZZ MADE THE ACOUSTIC METAL. I don't know, works for me. Seriously, I think Buzz put that "grandpa's guitars" to a good use.

    15 Jun 12:44pm Reply
  • RunGodRun

    "A History of Bad Men" one love

    14 Jun 10:20pm Reply
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