The Melvins began their set with Eye Flys, a song with perhaps the longest, most drawn out buildup ever, slowly plugging along and mired in sludge. The drums sounded like bones hitting rocks. Then without warning the cymbals crashed, the vocal kicked in and they were off. Definitely different from the speed of thrash metal, but enjoyable just the same.
Drummer Dale Crover did most of the talking between songs, and all three band members sang lead at various points during the show. Bassist Steve McDonald sang lead on a cover of Janus, Jeanie and George Harrison, a song by his band Redd Kross.
Frontman Buzz Osborne, a.k.a. King Buzzo, wore his customary black robe covered in a design of huge metallic eyeballs. A fan at his feet blew his silver afro skyward.
The Melvins are touring behind their latest album Basses Loaded.
Helms Alee are touring behind their latest album Stillicide.
Melvins – Basses Loaded Tour 2016
09/07/16 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm
09/08/16 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits
09/10/16 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
09/11/16 - Jackson, MS - During Hall
09/12/16 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone
09/13/16 - Little Rock, AR - Metroplex
09/14/16 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom
09/15/16 - Oklahoma City, OK - The ACM
09/16/16 - Norman, OK - Opolis
09/17/16 - Austin, TX - The Sidewinder
09/18/16 - San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger
09/20/16 - El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace
09/21/16 - Tuscon, AZ - Club Congress
09/24/16 - Music Tastes Good Festival
12/27/16 - Santa Ana, CA - Observatory OC
12/31/16 - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy and Harriet's
Melvins at 40 Watt Club, Athens (05 Sep 2016)