The MElvinsThe Melvins, who have a history of imaginative line-up changes, feature not one, but six different bass players on their appropriately titled new album, Basses Loaded.

The collection features Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover joined by Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic, Redd Kross’ Steve McDonald, Butthole Surfers’ J.D. Pinkus, Big Business’ Jared Warren,  Mr. Bungle/Fantomas’ Trevor Dunn (aka Melvins Lite) and Crover swapping the drum kit for bass in the Melvins 1983 iteration. The album’s nod to baseball, and the inclusion of the band’s own version of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” is a natural one, with Buzz and Dale often spotted at games across the country.

Osborne discusses the new album, as well as the band’s forthcoming Mike & The Melvins’ release, Three Men and a Baby (April 1, Sub Pop), in an interview with Rolling Stone saying:

It just did nothing, nothing. Maybe a year and a half ago, Kunka got a hold of Crover! And he’s like, “Oh, I took all those tapes and digitized them. … I really was wondering if you guys would be interested in maybe finishing this thing.” And we’re like, “Yeah! Fuck yeah we want to finish it!” … So he drove down from Seattle.

The Melvins (Buzz, Dale and Steve McDonald) launch a North American tour, followed by a European outing, later this month (North American co-headlining dates with Napalm Death, and Melt Banana opening, begin March 26). Dates are:

March 12 Las Vegas, NV Neon Reverb Music Festival
March 19 San Jose, CA The Ritz
March 20 Sacramento, CA The Boardwalk
March 22 Pioneertown Pappy & Harriet’s
March 23 Fullerton, CA The Continental Room
March 24 San Diego, CA The Casbah
March 26 Tempe, AZ The Marquee
March 28 Albuqerque, NM Sunshine Theater
March 30 Dallas, TX Tree’s
March 31 Austin, TX Mohawk
April 1 Houston, TX Numbers
April 2 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jack’s
April 3 Birmingham, AL Iron City
April 4 Pensacola, FL Vinyl Music Hall
April 5 Tallahassee, FL Sidebar Theatre
April 7 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
April 8 Orlando, FL The Plaza Live
April 9 Tampa, FL The Orpheum
April 10 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
April 12 Washington, DC 930 Club
April 13 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
April 14 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg SOLD OUT
April 15 New York, NY Webster Hall
April 16 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
April 17 Montreal, QC Club Soda
April 19 Toronto, ON The Opera House
April 20 Detroit, MI Majestic Theatre
April 21 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
April 22 Chicago, IL The Metro
April 23 Milwaukee, WI The Rave II (Downstairs)
April 24 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
April 25 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
April 27 Denver, Co Ogden Theatre
April 29 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
May 1 Seattle, WA The Showbox
May 2 Vancouver, BC Venue
May 3 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
May 5 San Francisco, CA Slim’s
May 6 San Francisco, CA Slim’s
May 7 Los Angeles, CA The Troubadour SOLD OUT
May 8 Los Angeles, CA The Troubadour SOLD OUT
May 9 Los Angeles, CA The Troubadour (Dead Cross play instead of Melt Banana)

June 3 -5 Bristol, UK Temples Festival
June 17 Clisson, France Hellfest




Christian Hamilton

Christian Hamilton

Christian is the founder and Editor of Rock Paper Rock as well as a freelance concert and event photographer serving the Pacific Northwest and Beyond. He is a certified member of the PPA and Gold Level member of the CPS. He has recently began working with Mental Itch Records and has launched his own Photography website.

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