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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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    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
  • omaCore

    Hold it in is great.

    13 Oct 9:14am Reply
  • SeasonInTheSky

    only three tracks into the new album, but it sounds pretty sweet so far.

    12 Oct 6:23pm Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    Loving Hold it in..

    10 Oct 6:02pm Reply
  • midwestfaggot

    new album is dope,i hope you all will die!

    9 Oct 9:36am Reply
  • TinPanValley

    Joan of Arc!!!!

    7 Oct 4:15pm Reply
  • verbcake

    Man everything I've heard from Hold It In so far has just been the tits.

    28 Sep 9:28pm Reply
  • Aki_Kato

    Hello, everyone! listen my new albums and download! atmospheric, experimental metal

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