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reviews

Melvins Gluey Porch Treatments

THE MELVINS: THE KNTTING FACTORY • NEW YORK, NEW YORK

For over fifteen years, the Melvins have put out records that have had tremendous influence on various listeners, inspiring the grunge movement as well as many a rebellious teenager. Their records are loud and obnoxious, with vocals that can be described as an acquired taste. Their songwriting and musicianship never ceases to amaze me in its complexity and clarity. Throughout the years, they have been through a slew of bass players, but the two key ingredients have remained consistent, Buzz, the guitarist and vocalist, and Dale, the drummer. These two are so connected in their writing that their interaction is quite beautiful. As powerful a combination as has ever existed these two have managed to perfect the slow and low metal drone that is the Melvins. Find their records, and buy them.
Now the show. Their opening song, "eye flys", off an old record named Gluey Porch Treatments, sent serious chills down my spine. Being the first time I have ever seen them play, I couldn’t have been happier. They were very tight and loud and the extended feedback introduction really set the stage for the power of their songs. Some new songs throughout fell short of some of my expectations, in a frequent complaint of novice viewers, "I wish they would have played more old stuff." Nonetheless, this band remains one of the best ever in rock n’ roll history and they will always hold my utmost respect.

Paul Steketee
New York, New York
1999