(the) MELVINS To Release ‘Pinkus Abortion Technician’ In April; Set N. American Tour


(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

4/20 is the date for a new album release from legends (the) Melvins.  That date sees the offering from Ipecac Recordings, “Pinkus Abortion Technician“.   

The name is a reference derived from releases featuring both ongoing Melvins’ bass players, Steven McDonald (Redd Kross, OFF!) and Butthole Surfers’, and occasional Melvins’, bottom ender Jeff Pinkus on bass.

The eight-song album features some interesting tracks, ones like “Stop Moving To Florida” is a medley of the James Gang’s “Stop” and Butthole Surfers’ “Moving To Florida“.  The band also covers the Beatles’ “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and Butthole Surfers’ “Graveyard” on the release.  Pre-orders will be announced soon.

Drummer Dale Crover commented on the upcoming release, saying:

With our upcoming release, we double your bass player with Steven McDonald AND Jeff Pinkus holding down the bottom.  It’s an experiment in the low-end of the aural spectrum where we asked ourselves, ‘would it work?’ ‘could it work??’ ‘should it work???’  The answers were yes, yes and YES!

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,” adds Buzz Osborne. “We’ll be taking this two-prong bass attack on the road, as well, which should prove to be interesting.  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.  I like Steven and Jeff a great deal.  I admire their bass playing and singing and both of them can grill a mean steak.

The Melvins have also simultaneously announced a 10-week North American tour, kicking off on April 26 at the Casbah in San Diego.  The tour will feature the Melvins as a four-piece, with both Pinkus and McDonald joining Osborne and Crover.  The dates are shared below.

Track listing:
01. Stop Moving To Florida
02. Embrace The Rub
03. Don’t Forget To Breathe
04. Flamboyant Duck
05. Break Bread
06. I Want To Hold Your Hand
07. Prenup Butter
08. Graveyard

Melvins Tour Dates:

Apr 26 San Diego, CA @ Casbah
Apr 29 Dallas, TX @ Tree’s
Apr 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
Jul 12 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
Jul 13 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
Jul 14 Fresno, CA @ Strummer’s
Jul 16 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
Jul 17 Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver
Jul 19 Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
Jul 20 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Jul 21 Vancouver, BC @ Venue Nightclub
Jul 24 Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
Jul 25 Calgary, AB @ Marquee Room
Jul 27 Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret
Jul 28 Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium (Dempsey’s Upstairs)
Jul 29 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Jul 30 Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
Jul 31 Chicago, IL @ Park West
Aug 2 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme
Aug 3 Detroit, MI @ El Club
Aug 4 Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar
Aug 5 Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue Theatre
Aug 6 Rock Island, IL @ Rock Island Brewing Company
Aug 7 Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
Aug 8 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
Aug 10 Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
Aug 11 Ft. Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
Aug 13 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Aug 14 Las Vegas, NV @ The Bunkhouse Saloon
Tickets for all shows are on-sale this Friday at 10 AM local time.

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