Legendary trio The Melvins to perform at 123
Published: Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 07:09
Punk and grunge fans can breathe easy – the Melvins are coming to 123 Pleasant Street Wednesday, Sept. 26.
The Melvins are currently touring in support of their album "Freak Puke," released this summer. It was released under the moniker "The Melvins Lite" and is more experimental than previous albums.
The band was originally formed as a three-piece but has played with four members in recent years by adding a second drummer. Since forming in Montesano, Wash., in 1983, The Melvins have stayed true to their sludgy punk rock sound – at least until "Freak Puke."
"While ‘Freak Puke’ likely is an ‘experiment,’ the term doesn’t quite do justice to the recordings. Rather, ‘Freak Puke’ is an experiment that works so well, it’s no longer an experiment but an advancement," said Punknews.org, in a review for "Freak Puke."
The Melvins experienced the height of their fame during the early ‘90s after Nirvana’s "Nevermind" became a worldwide success and ultimately caused the grunge explosion.
The origin of their name came from a grocery store clerk, Melvin, who worked with The Melvins’ singer/guitarist Buzz Osbourne. Melvin was largely despised by his co-workers, and Osborne, with his penchant for the ridiculous, found "The Melvins" to be an appropriate band name.
Major influences of the band include The Sex Pistols, Black Flag and The Stooges, although many critics have described them as sounding similar to Black Sabbath.
The band has performed with some of the greatest in rock history, including Gene Simmons of KISS. Primus and singer/guitar player Buzz Osborne introduced Nirvana’s drummer, Dave Grohl, to Curt Cobain and Krist Novoselic. Their former bass player, Matt Lukin, attributed to the grunge scene in 1988 by leaving the band to help form Mudhoney in Seattle.
It is a great opportunity for fans to get to see a band with such a great amount of influence and history in an intimate location.
Cost of attendance is $17 online at 123pleasantstreet.com, and music fans must be 18 years or older to enter.