What makes these proto-grunge mainstays stand out from the crowd? Is it their low-and-slow sludge musicianship? Their glory days as the elder statesmen of the Northwest music scene? Lead singer/guitarist Buzz Osborne's irrepressible Robin Lopez hairdo? Naw. It's their dang Protestant work ethic. In the two-plus decades since their debut long-play, Gluey Porch Treatments, dropped in 1987, the Melvins have cut 17 studio albums, not to mention a massive supplement of live and compilation discs. That's some serious productivity, yo. In fact, hard work is such a valued principle in Melvinland that Osborne once jettisoned bassist and sometime girlfriend Lori Black (the real-life daughter of Shirley Temple) because "we tended to wanna work a little harder than she was willing to do." Loud, experimental, and subversively funny, the Melvins are often sited as inspiration for the likes of Nirvana and Tool and survive as a living link between modern punk and the genre's Black Flag/Circle Jerks golden era. Supporting their just-released disc, The Bride Screamed Murder, the band is coming through town on their way to Bonnaroo later this month.
Wed., June 2, 8 p.m., 2010
Get the Events Newsletter
What's happening in town? From underground club nights to the biggest outdoor festivals, our top picks for the week's best events will always keep you in on the action.