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The Melvins to double the bass players, double the sludge on their new album

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The Melvins have never been “easy listening,” and that’s why we like them. But for their upcoming album Pinkus Abortion Technician, the pioneering sludge-rockers will make audiences even queasier than usual by doubling their low end. Longtime Butthole Surfers bassist Jeff Pinkus (thus the title) will join existing Melvins bassist Steven McDonald, making the Melvins a foursome for the time being. “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,” bandleader Buzz Osborne says in a statement, adding, “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.”

And indeed, adding Pinkus to the Melvins makes a lot of sense. More sense, you might say, than the pair of covers included on the eight-song album: The Beatles’ “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” and the Butthole Surfers’ “Graveyard.” Along with the announcement of Pinkus Abortion Technician—due out on April 20, naturally—today The Melvins announced a slew of North American tour dates so you, too, can go and get your guts rumbled by the wall of joyous noise. Those are listed below.


The Melvins Tour 2018

April 26 San Diego, CA Casbah
April 29 Dallas, TX Tree’s
April 30 Austin, TX Mohawk
May 1 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall
May 3 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon
May 4 Birmingham, AL Zydeco
May 6 Charlottee, NC Visulite Theater
May 7 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
May 9 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
May 10 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
May 11 Brooklyn, NY Warsaw
May 12 Hamden, CT Space Ballroom
May 13 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
May 14 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre
May 18 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
May 19 Pittsburgh, PA Rex Theater
May 20 Louisville, KY Headliner’s Music Hall
May 22 Nashville, TN 3rd & Lindsley
May 23 Memphis, TN Hi-Tone
May 24 St. Louis, MO The Ready Room
May 25 Kansas City, MO Record Bar
May 31 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
July 12 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
July 13 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
July 14 Fresno, CA Strummer’s
July 16 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
July 17 Sacramento, CA Holy Diver
July 19 Seattle, WA Neumo’s
July 20 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
July 21 Vancouver, BC Venue Nightclub
July 24 Edmonton, AB Union Hall
July 25 Calgary, AB Marquee Room
July 27 Winnipeg, MB Pyramid Cabaret
July 28 Fargo, ND The Aquarium (Dempsey’s Upstairs)
July 29 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
July 30 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
July 31 Chicago, IL Park West
August 2 Grand Rapids, MI The Pyramid Scheme
August 3 Detroit, MI El Club
August 4 Columbus, OH A&R Music Bar
August 5 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue Theatre
August 6 Rock Island, IL Rock Island Brewing Company
August 7 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s
August 8 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
August 10 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
August 11 Ft. Collins, CO Aggie Theatre
August 13 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
August 14 Las Vegas, NV The Bunkhouse Saloon

[via Spin]

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