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MUSIC: Melvins Sludge It Up at The Met

Wednesday, October 03, 2012


Infectiously deviated sounds from The Melvins graced The Met's stage Tuesday night. Photo: David McMahon/wiki.

On a Tuesday night pelted with rain (which always manages to happen at a kickass show in Rhode Island nowadays), The Melvins made a stop at The Met in Pawtucket as part of their record-breaking 50 states + D.C. in 51 dates tour. Now I know you're asking, 50 states + D.C. in 51 days? How is this possible? The Melvins have been playing in every U.S. state including Washington, D.C. since September 5th at The Bear Tooth Theatre & Pub in Anchorage, AK and they will be concluding the epic expedition at The Republik in Honolulu, HI on October 25th in order to become record holders for the "Fastest Tour of The United States". With the lineup consisting of "King Buzzo" Buzz Osbourne on guitar and vocals, Dale Crover on drums and former Mr. Bungle bassist Trevor Dunn The Melvins were going under the name Melvins Lite for the tour, but it didn't make any difference.

Tweak Bird

First up were a loud and emphatic two piece band based out of Los Angeles that call themselves Tweak Bird. Consisting of brothers Ashton and Caleb Bird on drums and guitar, the powerful duo had people up front headbanging with insane reckless abandon. Sounding as if the noise band Lightning Bolt were a lot more sludgy and used guitars instead of bass to go along with the drums, the pair were accented by Caleb's voice that's faintly similar to that of Dead Confederate's Hardy Morris. Listening to these guys was like getting an audial massage and they definitely kicked the night off right with their brand of no holds barred, intense rock & roll.

The Melvins

The Melvins graced a near packed house with their amazing presence and infectiously deviated sounds that you could do nothing but bop your head and rock out to. Starting off with Buzz's guitar sounding like breaking glass bottles, Crover's drumming nearly caving the stage in and Dunn bass resonating as if it was the soundtrack to a serial killer's death ritual, the trio then went into "Eye Flys" and everyone went absolutely nuts. A near two hour set highlighted by "National Hamster", "Worm Farm Waltz", "Leon vs. The Revolution", "Lizzy", "Hooch" and "A History of Drunks" rocked The Met to its core.

Near the end, Dunn had a killer bass solo using a bow that reminded me of Jimmy Page's epic performance during Led Zeppelin's "Dazed & Confused" at Madison Square Garden (check that out on The Song Remains The Same concert film they did back in the 70's). Concluding the solo with a crazy version of The Wizard of Oz's "Somewhere Over The Rainbow", Dunn, Buzz and Crover then went into a spectacular finale with "Shevil" to end a dynamic performance. The Melvins currently have a new album out called Freak Puke that was released this past June that you have to get as well. Wanna check out when the next awesome show going on at one of the best live music venues in New England? log on to www.themetri.com for everything you need to know.

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