Sludge super-group incoming!

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We all know Ty Segall likes a good ol’ knees up ’round the old Joanna, dipping his psychedelic toes into side projects and collaborations under the guise of Fuzz, The Traditional Fools, Sic Alps, White Fence and many more, not to mention eight studio albums under his own name.

Today, we discover Segall’s involvement in a new band called Broken Bat, and it’s quite possibly the most exciting super group you’ll hear about this year. Featuring Segall himself, the Melvins’ Dale Crover on drums, and OFF!/Redd Kross bassist Steven McDonald, the trio have just revealed a teaser song snippet on BandCamp titled ‘Take My Medicine’.

Stream this sludge nugget below and stay tuned for more.

Buzz Osborne calls out Montage Of Heck

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The recently released Kurt Cobain documentary Montage Of Heck had Nirvana fans the world over riddled with excitement. Finally, a film to set the record straight, comprised of nothing but video clips, home movies, journals and demo-recordings plucked from a never-before-seen archive of the man’s own personal belongings. Surely no truer tale of events could be, especially with Kurt’s daughter Frances Bean at the controls as executive producer.

Not so fast, said Melvins-main-man Buzz Osborne this weekend in an essay published with The Talkhouse. “First off, people need to understand that 90% of Montage of Heck is bullshit. Total bullshit. That’s the one thing no one gets about Cobain — he was a master of jerking your chain.

Osborne and his band have been rocking since pre and post Nirvana, and it’s hard to deny that both bands weren’t running arm in arm together throughout their respective careers too. “My band played with Nirvana at their last show. I was there for the beginning and I was there for the end, for the very good and the very bad,” he adds.

This said, Osborne’s recent claims do rip the entire film to smithereens, “the whole “I tried to fuck a fat retard” story is complete bullshit. Not even an inkling of truth.

…the trying-to-kill-himself-on-the-train-tracks story is bullshit as well. It never happened either.” Buzz continues to highlight points of the film that he claims are untrue throughout the essay before opening fire on Courtney Love too, “a lot of what she says in this documentary doesn’t exactly jibe with things Kurt told me himself, but I suppose that’s not surprising when you consider history becomes elastic every time Courtney Love opens her mouth.

Get the full story at The Talkhouse and leave a comment below. Is Buzz on track here or completely off his trolley?

Melvins reveal new track

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Legendary riff monsters, Melvins, have announced a summer tour across the US with Le Butcherettes, with whom they’ve also paired with for a split 10″ EP titled Chaos as Usual.

Sadly for UK fans, the EP is only available at the upcoming shows. But the first cut alone is enough to satisfy. Hear ‘Captain Comedown’s stomping sludge below, featuring gnarly bass work provided by Jeff Pinkus of Butthole Surfers.

"Captain Comedown" track from our tour 10". This one features Pinkus (Butthole Surfers/TeamHonky) slinging bass. Enjoy….this is NOT an "Empty Box" contest video.

Posted by (the) Melvins on Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Melvins to play classic albums over 2 nights in London

The Melvins have announced that they will be visiting London in May to play two nights at Brixton Electric. The first night on Sunday 19th May will see the band perform ‘Lysol’ and ‘Houdini’ albums in their entirety followed by a night of ‘Bullhead’ and ‘Stoner Witch’ the following night on Monday 20 May.

Tickets go on-sale 9am on Friday 1st March and are available from livenation or ticketmaster.

The band are set to release a covers album on April 29th titled ‘Everybody Loves Sausages’ via Ipecac Recordings with sludge versions of Queen’s ‘Best Friend’, The Kinks’ ‘Attitude’ and Roxy Music’s ‘In Every Dream Home’.

Visit www.themelvins.net for more info.

Slayer live at ATP

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London May 25th, 2012

Too many folks out there seem to associate ATP events with satchels and hairslides, when in fact they’ve often boasted more than a smattering of quality heavier acts. This year, they’ve even been kind enough to book a whole afternoon of such acts, with Yob, The Melvins and Wolves In The Throne Room impressing the early birds. The ace up their collective sleeve, however, is getting legendary doom-mongers Sleep to slow things down to funereal pace, before giving us a rude-reawakening with the almighty SLAYER!

In case you didn’t know, all is not well in the Slayer camp, with guitarist Jeff Hanneman still on a forced hiatus due to a bout of necrotizing fasciitis (that’s inspiration for their next album in the bag, then). But just as a tiger will attack if cornered, Slayer have decided that attack is the best form of defence against life’s adversities, and the opening brace of ‘World Painted Blood’ and ‘Psychopathy Red’ sound utterly fucking venomous.

The real reason why we’re all here, though, is because Tom Araya and his not-so-merry men have promised us a run-through of their classic ‘Reign In Blood’ in its entirety. Even in the cavernous confines of the Alexandra Palace, ‘Angel Of Death’ still sounds as crisp as on record, and twice as brutal, igniting a warzone of a pit. Even a restarted ‘Reborn’ can’t derail this thrash metal bullet train, and by the time that immortal title track arrives, we initially struggle to hear guitarist Kerry King over the voices of the crowd singing along to THAT riff.

As they bid us goodnight with a suitably brutal ‘War Ensemble’, you can’t help but wonder how many other bands sound this good, past their 30th anniversary and minus a key founding member. If ever Slayer regain their full strength….then Satan help us all.

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Watch footage from the show from James Sherry’s man cam hands and note that this week he thought an RT meant the Radio Times!

Fantômas to release live DVD

Fantômas will release their live DVD on September 6th.

The group, which features Mike Patton, Buzz Osbourne, Trevor Dunn and Melvins’ Dale Crover, posted a trailer for the DVD, which is called The Director’s Cut Live: A New Year’s Revolution. The film covers the band’s 2008 New Year’s Eve performance of the album Director’s Cut in San Francisco.

Check it out below: