Sunday, July 21, 2013
Melvins w/ Mudhoney and Honky
Melvins’ massive, sluggish metal was a prime influence on Seattle’s late-’80s grunge scene, and Nirvana in particular, so when Kurt Cobain’s band broke, he returned the favor. With his endorsement, Melvins landed a deal with Atlantic Records. Ultimately their stint did little to expand their audience beyond a dedicated cult, and the band was dropped in 1997, but they’ve recorded at a brisk pace ever since. Last year’s Freak Puke was recorded with a slightly different lineup than the band usually tours with, a three-piece the group has deemed “Melvins Lite,” but this year’s spirited covers album Everybody Loves Sausage was a full-band affair. For this tour marking their 30th anniversary, they’ll share the stage with another group of grunge elder statesmen, Mudhoney, who this spring released a solid new album on Sub Pop, Vanishing Point.