The Melvins recently completed an extensive, 12-week North American tour with labelmates Spotlights opening all dates including a standout performance at Philadelphia’s Electric Factory venue. Our own Dante Torrieri was on hand to capture the show in photos. The Melvins are currently supporting a new double album A Walk With Love & Death that hit streets in July via Ipecac Recordings.
With A Walk With Love & Death, the trio of Osborne, Dale Crover and McDonald showcase two distinct sides of the band’s music: Death, a proper Melvins’ release and Love, the score to the Jesse Nieminen directed, self-produced short also titled A Walk With Love & Death. View the trailer here.
The albums, which include guests Joey Santiago (The Pixies), Teri Gender Bender (Le Butcherettes/Crystal Fairy) and Anna Waronker (That Dog), were co-produced with Toshi Kosai.
Spotlights spent the summer on the road with the Melvins, joining the venerable band for their 12-week North American tour. The LA Record said of the Spotlight’s kick off performance: “The husband-wife duo of Mario and Sarah Quintero (guitar and bass, respectively) dabble in a mix of electronic dream-pop and heavier-than-hell sludge metal, putting them alongside Jesu or Hum as extremists of both beauty and brutality.”
Spotlights’ previous release, Tidals, earned the band a wide sweep of accolades, with reviewers describing the band’s unique sound as “ultra-dense dream-rock” (Clrvynt) and “having the heft of an anvil and the hazy atmosphere of a half-forgotten dream” (Culture Creature). Word-of-mouth about the intoxicating album led to the band being handpicked to join Deftones and Refused for their Summer 2016 tour.
Stream Spotlights‘ Ipecac Recordings debut, Seismic.
All photos by BTS Senior Photographer, Dante Torrieri