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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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  • levitate85

    Hold It In is featured in our Top 10 Albums of 2014 -

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  • MilitaryTwoStep


    15 Dec 3:16pm Reply
  • shakedatthang

    One of my favorite bands for well over 10 years. There's no excuse for me not to have scrobbled them yet.

    13 Dec 12:14pm Reply
  • MilitaryTwoStep

    buzz could have made $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ if he wrote pop music. source for this: catchiness of new album.

    12 Dec 7:49pm Reply
  • omaCore

    The early Nirvana is dope but Nevermind destroyed everything about them. And Melvins are love, guys. I wanna sleep with Buzzos hair.

    10 Dec 3:52pm Reply
  • suntzutang

    stop licking

    9 Dec 7:59pm Reply
  • juliacfonseca

    This guys are FUCKING AWESOME!!! ♥ This is all I have to say...

    5 Dec 6:19am Reply
  • Walenta

    Heavypop Review:

    7 Nov 6:19pm Reply
  • MilitaryTwoStep

    Who carried your amps.

    4 Nov 7:24am Reply
  • verbcake

    Yeah, your friend who died 20 years ago.

    2 Nov 5:48am Reply
  • rorberyllium

    Imagine you're 50 years old and people are still asking you about that one friend you had in high school that you kinda kept in touch with. That's gotta be weird.

    1 Nov 10:43pm Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    Stop talking about Nirvanal!

    1 Nov 10:12pm Reply
  • Taki90

    new album is tits,and yeah as much as i like them;nirvana is the most overrated thing since hitler !

    31 Oct 2:48pm Reply
  • In_bloom_

    new album is great!

    30 Oct 1:31pm Reply
  • Treats4TheSOUL

    v it is unfair. So sick of hearing Hag Me on the radio, once really late at night I heard Come As You Are by Nirvana and just shit myself w joy. Those rare little underdog moments you live for.

    29 Oct 8:08am Reply
  • MilitaryTwoStep

    don't get me wrong, melvins are good - but i hate how everything they did overshadowed nirvana. i bet most melvin fans have never even heard of nirvana! i mean every time i turn on the radio, it's just hung bunny or boris, on TV it's king buzzo, king buzzo, king buzzo. when are we going to hear something by the unsung legends of the grunge era? when are we going to hear about the tragically forgotten musical genius kurt cobain?????

    29 Oct 2:17am Reply
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  • Etothe3

    Oh man, the last track House of Gasoline is like a Hostile Ambient Takeover flashback! Thank you melvins! I hope you play this on Sunday!

    17 Oct 4:14am Reply
  • Etothe3

    I love the Butthole Surfers' sound on this new CD. Its like mixing Nude With Boots with Independent Worm Saloon!

    17 Oct 4:07am Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    All their albums that start with an H are amazing.. Honky, Houdini, Hostel Ambient Takeover and now Hold it in!

    13 Oct 4:23pm Reply
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