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CD REVIEW THE MELVINS TRES CARBONES

THE MELVINS

TRES CARBONES

2013

 

 

THE ONE AND ONLY

 

 

You get some interesting reactions when you play opening track ‘Dr. Mule’ to someone without revealing it’s from The Melvins’ new album. I don’t know what it is about the band, but most people have an image of what they do without even hearing a note they’ve played.

 


As one of the most prolific bands in the Universe (this is their 19th steaming platter) The Melvins are frighteningly consistent and despite their vintage, like Peter Pan they just never really seem to have grasped that concept of ‘growing up’. Tres Carbones is an album that sees founding drummer Mike Dillard return to the fold and as a result there’s a delightful ‘back to the beginning’ feel to the grooves.

 


‘Dr. Mule’ as we said rocks considerably in a Black Flag type way and is the best reminder of how good these guys still are. But there’s plenty here to slaver over and also plenty of variety. From the Sludge of ‘American Cow’; or the psychedelia of ‘Psychodelic Haze’ and the weirdness of the unnerving ‘Stump Farmer’ The Melvins are on fire. Just to underline it the demented ‘Tie My Pecker to a Tree’ is pure Ren and Stimpy territory, a crazed ditty that was made to infiltrate the Mickey Mouse Club Saturday mornings in another Universe…

 


On the down side some of the material here won’t be altogether unfamiliar with a lot of it appearing (albeit in other forms) on various releases over the years. But don’t let that deter you at all, this is great stuff.

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD REVIEW THE MELVINS TRES CARBONES 2013