The Melvins recently made a trek across the US celebrating their 30th anniversary as a driving force in the music world. Blow The Scene’s Dante Torrieri was on hand to cover the Philly stop at Underground Arts to deliver a fresh batch of exclusive photos. Melvins are currently gearing up to release Tres Cabrones, a 12-song full-length that finds Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover reuniting with original drummer Mike Dillard. This new effort will hit streets on Nov. 5 via Ipecac Recordings.
“Tres Cabrones is as close as we’re willing to get to the Melvins 1983 line-up,” explained Osborne. “The best part is it’s all new songs. I specifically wrote tunes that would be good for these guys to play and it worked out great. We had no interest in rehashing tunes we wrote 30 years ago and chose instead to simply create NEW songs. It worked out perfectly.”
The Melvins annexed Big Business band members Coady Willis and Jared Warren in 2006 for (A) Senile Animal and the quartet has remained in this incarnation for four additional releases including Everybody Loves Sausages, a covers album released this spring. Not ones to relax, the Melvins introduced Melvins Lite, a version of the band that teams Osborne and Crover with Trevor Dunn (Tomahawk, Mr. Bungle). Melvins Lite released their debut album, Freak Puke, in 2012 and subsequently embarked on a 51 date/51 State (including DC) tour of the United States.
The Melvins just wrapped up their 30th Anniversary Tour with their ongoing four-piece iteration (father-to-be Jared Warren was on paternity leave with Butthole Surfers’ bass player Jeff Pinkus filling in).
Enjoy an exclusive batch of photos by BTS’s Senior Photographer, Dante Torrieri (Useless Rebel Imaging)