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The Folk/Metal Gods Have Smiled: NEW The Melvins Album ‘Hold it In’


Few non-balls-the-wall metal bands have held my attention over the last 20 years. At the head of the pack is The Melvins. Fronted by Buzz Osborne and his iconic Sideshow Bob hair, this band has given a solid, consistent FUCK YOU to every metal/hard rock trend imaginable. For that, they hold my undying respect. I saw Buzzo a couple of months back in Louisville, one of the most fantastic, intimate shows in my storied concert career. You can read about that here. In the meantime, here’s the glorious press release from my fine friends at Speakeasy PR & Marketing. Even their PR people are amazing. Unless you share news with the world en masse like I do, you have no idea how terrible PR people can be. I’ve lost a layer of teeth enamel dealing with PR folks. I digress, let’s get some Melvins on!

The Melvins return with Hold It In, their first studio album as a quartetsince 2010’s The Bride Screams Murder, on Oct. 14.

Joining Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover for the 12-song outing are Butthole Surfers’ guitar player Paul Leary and bass player JD Pinkus.  Hold It In was recorded in both Los Angeles and Austin earlier this year.

Hold It In is a refreshing piece of fiction in a boring world of fact and bullsh*t,” said Osborne.  “Paul is one of the best guitar players I have ever heard and Pinkus has an outside the box type of approach to both guitar and bass that you just have to let it ride.  I can’t believe this actually happened.  I’m thrilled.”

“It’s very rare you get a chance to work with three folks from the ‘Break A Wish’ foundation, all at the same time,” said Pinkus.  “I believe they’ll remember their experience with me forever (or until they finally all lose their fight with S.I.D.S).”

The Melvins kick off a round of U.S. tour dates on Oct. 15 in Sacramento at Assembly, which also includes a performance at this year’s Voodoo Experience in New Orleans. Osborne, Crover and Pinkus will be the touring roster for this run of dates.

Tour dates:

October 15     Sacramento, CA     Assembly

October 17     Bellingham, WA     Wild Buffalo House of Music

October 18     Seattle, WA     The Showbox

October 19     Portland, OR     Roseland Theater

October 21     San Francisco, CA     Great American Music Hall

October 22     San Luis Obispo, CA     SLO Brewing

October 23     Los Angeles, CA     The Troubadour

October 24     San Diego, CA     The Casbah

October 25     Phoenix, AZ     The Crescent Ballroom

October 26     Albuquerque, NM     The Launchpad

October 28     Dallas, TX     Trees

October 29     Austin, TX     Mohawk

October 30     Houston, TX     Warehouse Live – Studio

October 31     New Orleans, LA     Voodoo Fest

November 1     Pensacola, FL     Vinyl Music Hall

November 2     Gainesville, FL     The Wooly

November 3     Jacksonville, FL     Jack Rabbit’s

November 4     Orlando, FL     The Social

November 5     Ft. Lauderdale, FL     The Culture Room

November 6     Tampa, FL     Orpheum Theater

November 8     Atlanta, GA     The Loft at Center Stage

November 9     Birmingham, AL     Zydeco

Titickets are on sale this Friday, Aug. 1 at 10 am local time.

Osborne is currently touring in support of his debut acoustic album, This Machine Kills Artists, performing shows this week in Tucson (July 30 at Club Congress) and Palm Springs (July 31 at Pappy & Harriet’s) before heading to Australia and Europe for an additional six weeks of dates.  Crover temporarily joins OFF! for the band’s August tour.

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