Since 1983, the Melvins have influenced countless bands and carved out a path that is all their own. They constantly explore unexpected paths, even relative to their own work -- with every album they wind up even further away from what people have finally pegged as a their "sound."
Over the past three decades, the Melvins have sifted through all sorts of music, including Beefheart-induced sludge, dark ambient noise, moody jazz-rock, avant-garde electro-acoustic, and punk country. And that's just a handful of the band's 25-plus albums in their 25+ catalog. Now in 2013 to mark their 30th anniversary, The Melvins are embarking on an extensive summer tour to celebrate, kicking it off in Phoenix this Friday at Crescent Ballroom.
Up on the Sun talked with frontman Buzz Osborne about the band's biggest accomplishments, his five favorite albums, why he doesn't care about legacy, and the new guitar that is his current obsession.