Melvins to release album with two bassists, tour in support of it

Posted by on February 12, 2018

If there’s one thing Melvins have done continually, it’s release albums. If there’s another thing they’ve done continually, it’s experimenting with their sound. For a while last decade, two-man band Big Business joined their lineup, giving the band two drummers. Now they appear to have taken a page out of that, and have announced a new album, Pinkus Abortion Technician, to be released on April 20th on Ipecac. Taking it’s title from Butthole Surfers’ Locust Abortion Technician, it’s called that because Jeff Pinkus, who played bass for the Buttholes, will be holding down the low end on the new album, joining Steven McDonald of Redd Kross and Off!, also on bass. Here’s what the band has to say about that:

“With our upcoming release, we double your bass player with Steven McDonald AND Jeff Pinkus holding down the bottom,” explains Dale Crover. “It’s an experiment in the low end of the aural spectrum where we asked ourselves, ‘would it work?’ ‘could it work??’ ‘should it work???’ The answers were yes, yes and YES!”
“We’ve never had two bass players. We’ve had two drummers and two guitar players so it makes total sense to now have two bass players”, adds Buzz Osborne. “We’ll be taking this two-prong bass attack on the road as well which should prove to be interesting. Pinkus Abortion Technician is a radically great record and was a stone groove to record. We drank a lot of coffee and enjoyed each other’s company. I like Steven and Jeff a great deal. I admire their bass playing and singing and both of them can grill a mean steak.”
Of the eight songs on the album, two of them are covers. “Stop Moving to Florida” is a medley of the James Gang’s “Stop” and Butthole Surfers’ “Moving to Florida,” while the awesome version of The Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand” that they did on tour last year will also be included. In addition, they’ll be touring a whole lot, with a ten-week tour announced. Tour dates below the track listing: 
1. Stop Moving To Florida
2. Embrace The Rub
3. Don’t Forget To Breathe
4. Flamboyant Duck
5. Break Bread
6. I Want To Hold Your Hand
7. Prenup Butter
8. Graveyard
4/26 San Diego, CA @ Casbah
4/29 Dallas, TX @ Tree’s
4/30 Austin, TX @ Mohawk
5/01 Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
5/03 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
5/04 Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
5/06 Charlottee, NC @ Visulite Theater
5/07 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
5/09 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
5/10 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
5/11 Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
5/12 Hamden, CT @ Space Ballroom
5/13 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
5/14 Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
5/18 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
5/19 Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
5/20 Louisville, KY @ Headliner’s Music Hall
5/22 Nashville, TN @ 3rd & Lindsley
5/23 Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone 
5/24 St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
5/25 Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
5/31 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
7/12 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
7/13 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
7/14 Fresno, CA @ Strummer’s
7/16 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
7/17 Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver
7/19 Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
7/20 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
7/21 Vancouver, BC @ Venue Nightclub
7/24 Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
7/25 Calgary, AB @ Marquee Room
7/27 Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret
7/28 Fargo, ND  @The Aquarium (Dempsey’s Upstairs)
7/29 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
7/30 Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
7/31 Chicago, IL @ Park West
8/02 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme
8/03 Detroit, MI @ El Club
8/04 Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar
8/05 Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue Theatre
8/06 Rock Island, IL @ Rock Island Brewing Company
8/07 Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
8/08 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
8/10 Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
8/11 Ft. Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
8/13 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
8/14 Las Vegas, NV @ The Bunkhouse Saloon


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