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Heavy music legends, Melvins, celebrate 40 years of pile driving riffs and fuzzed out rhythms at a colossal show on 4 June.
Massively influential and highly prolific, the Melvins have provided an eccentric non conformist soundtrack both live and on record for four decades. With founding member King Buzzo and Dale Crover, in the band since 1984, the Melvins have seen numerous iterations and have forged a legacy of music that has left an indelible mark on the face of music as we know it. They've remained consistently relevant through countless trends and personnel changes and continue to perform on a level that only gets better and better as time moves on.
Forty years is a long time to do anything, let alone keep a band together.
Forty years of Melvins is just remarkable. If you could have seen us when we started the band, you wouldn't have thought it would last 40 days!
—Mike Dillard, original Melvins drummer
I can’t believe it’s been 40 years. It really only seems like 39 to me.
They have influenced the influencers:
Arguably one of the most influential artists of the past 40 years, The Melvins have still never relented from being the heaviest band of all time. From the day I dropped the needle on their 1987 debut album “Gluey Porch Treatments”, I’ve been inspired by their signature, staggered feel, much like countless other bands who look up to them as the kings of the Northwest music scene.
Oh, and thank you for giving me Nirvana’s phone number.
– Dave Grohl
Fearless and cheerless outsider art from some beautiful, dutiful, cynical hearts… That just happen to be the sweetest folk in the world… here’s to the next 40 years of Melvins!
—Jeff P!nkus, Butthole Surfers, Melvins bass
The Melvins continue to be an inspiration to their fans and to fellow musicians like myself. Congratulations guys on 40 years of supreme rocking!!
— Matt Cameron, Soundgarden
The Melvins changed music forever. They're the true originators of grunge. They're unstoppable.
— Adam Jones, Tool
Knowing that (the) Melvins have been twisting rock music into new frontiers for 40 years makes one realize just how forward-thinking and fearless they've been since the get-go. There's still nothing like Gluey Porch Treatments or Ozma, hard as some may try, not to mention the rest of their 30+ albums. They are true veterans in the lineage of heavy music and they know what they're talking about.
- Trevor Dunn, Mr. Bungle, Melvins, Trevor Dunn Trio Convulsant
I woke up this morning with an unusual beautiful feeling. I was initially unnerved that I couldn’t pinpoint why I felt so good. Then it dawned on me that the Melvins have provided a substantial part of my soundtrack for 40 years.
— Mark Arm
Melvins have always been a band I’ve respected and learned from. Combining tender and brutal riffs Un compromised dynamic songwriting, creating art no other way but their own, on their terms. true sonic innovators of my generation.
— Bill Kelliher, Mastodon
Relentless, uncompromising heavy, dynamic and not scared to experiment. One step ahead of everyone and thinking outside of the box since day one.
— Roy Mayorga, Ministry
With well over thirty albums and an uncountable library of EPs and singles the Melvins have never stopped working.
Signed to Atlantic Records during the 90s Grunge explosion, the Melvins recorded three albums on the same label as Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and Aretha Franklin. Over the years they've had long running relationships with the exceptional Indie Labels, Boner Records, Amphetamine Reptile Records, and Ipecac Recordings.
As musicians the Melvins are extremely talented, uncompromising, and grandly influential, as human beings I consider myself fortunate to have been able to work with them and count them as my friends for so many years. Punk, metal, grunge, categorize them however you like. Forty years and counting, they are the very definition of rock and roll done correctly.
—Greg Werkman, owner Ipecac Recordings
Melvins? Nicest complete bastards you’ll ever know, and I’ve known ‘em for 37 or 38 of their 40 of their magnificent bastard years.
—Tom Hazelmyer, owner Amphetamine Reptile Records
I’ve been working with the Melvins more than 20 years, I still can’t predict what they will want next. They are masterful at creating new material and extremely hardworking.
—Toshi Kasai, Recording Engineer
I've been working on designs for the Melvins since 1994, it's been almost thirty years now. Their unique sense of humor and tongue in cheek aesthetic has spawned some of my most favorite packaging solutions of all time.
—Mackie Osborne, designer
The Melvins have a lot of touring planned for 2023. America, Europe, America again, and other places yet to be determined.
I've always felt like I had to keep moving forward like a shark, or I would die.
I’m looking forward to a front row seat to celebrate Buzz and Dales 40 year accomplishment.
40 years marks the “ruby anniversary” for the creative marriage of Buzz and Dale. I got myself a red bass to honor them!
—Steven McDonald, Redd Kross, Melvins
I’m looking forward to touring Europe for our 40th anniversary! It’s been far too long since we’ve gorged ourselves with bread and cheese. We have big, never done before plans for our shows!
In conclusion, the Melvins can change your life, if you let them.