By Jamila Pomeroy
July 21st 2018
Deep in the center depths of the pit, floats an icky, sticky, and overly humid hue; perhaps the physical embodiment of the bands Butthole Surfer cover, “Stop Moving To Florida”- or maybe just a display of the aftermath of a summer’s day. While fans performed some sort of sweat-driven bayou charade, casting crowd surfers into the air, Melvins played an absolutely incredible set that rumbled the soul of The Venue.
Frontman Buzz Osborne, graced the stage in a very typical wizard-esque space dress, with a silver curly hair stretching out as if her were struck by lightning; very fitting as he is, really, the mad scientist and forefather of sludge metal, and experimental rock, and grunge.
The band released their latest album, Pinkus Abortion Technician, through Ipecac Recordings earlier this spring. The album features not one, but two Butthole Surfer covers, as well as Beatles cover “I Want To Hold Your Hand”. “Don’t Forget To Breathe” appeared to be a new fan favourite, possibly carrying the anthem capacity of beloved songs like “Goin’ Blind”, and “Honey Bucket”.
There is just something about seeing a Melvins show; an implanted feeling of nostalgia that is hard to attach to any other band, regardless of if you have been a fan since the 80’s, or you are in the early stages of discovery. Whatever you do, don’t forget to breathe when you see the gods of the bass driven, atmospheric music underworld.The Melvins, Venue Nightclub