The Melvins

The Melvins – September 16th – The Orpheum, Tampa, FL

The Melvins
King Buzzo of The Melvins

I realize I am little late here… But the sheer awesomeness of the Melvins made me do it…

I finally got to see the Melvins live… Yup…. I did it… and it was glorious… And… it was in the intimate setting of The Orpheum in Ybor City, Tampa, which has quickly become one of my favorite venues around town.

You know what…. That doesn’t matter, because The Melvins were playing, and The Melvins are one of my favorite bands of forever…. They fucking rock, and have done so for the past 35 years, and have influenced some of my other favorite bands in the process,

and they fucking rock, and put on a show that bands ½ their age couldn’t do…. with an immense catalog of truly original music that is not easily categorized.

Did I mention that they fucking rock?


I must preface this by saying the opening act of the evening, Brooklyn’s Spotlights, were amazing in their own right. The husband and wife duo were guitar and bass, but sounded like glacial melt on stage. I am still unsure where the drum machine was and how they were playing it, but they were flawless with a bludgeoning yet eerily beautiful sound and well worth the early trek downtown. I am officially a fan.

The Melvins… The trio from The Pacific Northwest took their sludge brand of punk rock and slowed it way down and became early torch bearers of the doom metal genre. The band has put out some bizarre, and glorious, music over the course of their career, but the show itself was a rock n roll jamboree. King Buzzo, Dale Crover, and new bassist Shane MacDonald strutted around stage like the rock stars they are. Buzzo wore his trademark wizard robe and circled the stage like a lion on stalking prey. Crover mangled the drums harder than I’ve ever seen anyone before. Newcomer, and ex-Redd Kross bassist, Shane MacDonald danced around like he played for an LA glam-rock band complete with high leg kicks and pouty lips. It was amazing.

The Melvins
Shane MacDonald of The Melvins

They played songs from their new record A Walk With Love and Death, but angled the set to their fans tastes with the classic Stoner Witch era “The Queen”, the Stag standout “The Bit”, and deep cuts from early releases Bullhead, and Ozma. Never a band to shy away from surprises, they brought out metalized covers of The Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, and the David Bowie – The Man Who Sold the World classic “Saviour Machine” sung with gusto by Shane MacDonald.

For an encore, of sorts as the band never left the stage, they brought Spotlights back up to assist in performing two swampy, Lysol tracks including “Hung Bunny”, and “Roman Dog Bird”. The wall of feedback and noise was intense, and cradled the audience to the end of the show.

The band sounded great, looked great, and was spot on. All things that you may expect from a band that has been together for three decades. And that is all I can say about that.

Stay tuned for an interview with King Buzzo himself coming soon to RARAsfarm.

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Brian Furman

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