This Little Underground: Melvins & Honky at the Social

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The Melvins at the Social (photo by GRB Creative)
  • The Melvins at the Social (photo by GRB Creative)

The Melvins at the Social (photo by GRB Creative)

All the cross-pollination lately between the kooks from the Melvins and the Butthole Surfers has had a defining influence on the Melvins’ latest tour leg (Nov. 4, The Social).

On the positive, Honky – the project led by Butthole Surfers bassist Jeff Pinkus – came along with the Melvin’s Dale Crover on drums to kick shit with the kind of roughneck boogie rock that can only come from true heavy rockers with a freak streak.

Honky at the Social (photo by GRB Creative)
  • Honky at the Social (photo by GRB Creative)

Honky at the Social (photo by GRB Creative)

The Butthole Surfers’ fingerprints on the Melvins latest album make Hold It In a strange, unpredictable and intriguing trip. But coming off their mammoth dual-drummer Big Business lineup, this fresh new conceptual leaf has a hard time fully shining in the shadow of that monster. No diss to this latest adventure but anything would because it was visually and sonically perhaps the most monumental thing the Melvins ever did.

The Melvins at the Social (photo by GRB Creative)
  • The Melvins at the Social (photo by GRB Creative)

The Melvins at the Social (photo by GRB Creative)

But they’re still some of the hardest, weirdest rockers alive, and credit’s due to their daring commitment to being a moving target. Unlike most of their original Seattle class, these cult heroes have kept it real and maintained a steadfast career track of keeping the idea of heavy music elastic and expansive, even at the cost of sometimes upsetting it. It’s what’s kept them interesting, relevant and original. It’s what’ll keep them forever underground but forever legends.

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