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Melvins To Tour Australia In November With Redd Kross In Tow

Monday 10 July 2017

Melvins To Tour Australia In November With Redd Kross In Tow

American rock band Melvins are set to hit Australian roads this November, off the back of their first ever double album 'A Walk With Love and Death'. They will first be rocking Perth's Amplifier Capitol before heading to The Gov in Adelaide for a surefire mind-blowing performance. They will then hit Melbourne's Max Watt's and Sydney's The Factory Theatre. Crowbar in Brisbane will host the final show.

"On death, Melvins' signature amalgam of sticky, bludgeoning riffage underpins spacey forays into prog, classic rock and ball-tripping psychedelia…a sumptuous feast of pure, uncut head candy." - Metal Hammer

"(Redd Kross) are definitely one of the most important bands in America." - Thurston Moore

Formed in Montessano, Washington in 1983, Buzz Osborne (vocals, guitar), Dale Crover (drums) and Steve McDonald (bass) have upped the ante with their latest offering. Death is a proper Melvins’ album, whilst Love is the score to director Jesse Nieminen’s self-produced short film, also titled A Walk With Love and Death.

“This was a huge undertaking,” explains Osborne of the discs. “All three things: the album, the soundtrack and the film are benchmarks for us.”

“A Walk With Love and Death is one giant, dark, moody, psychotic head trip!” adds Crover. “Not for the faint of heart. You'll sleep with the lights on after listening.”

'Christ Hammer' and 'What's Wrong With You?' are just two of the singles from Melvins' new album, the latter featuring McDonald on vocals along with Anna Waronker (That Dog) on backing vocals. Two other special guests appear on A Walk—Joey Santiago (Pixies) and Teri Gender Bender (Le Butcherettes/Crystal Fairy).

Influential Los Angeles popsters Redd Kross—who are making their first visit after four years—will be joining the bill as special guests. Not many can lay claim to influencing the likes of Nirvana, Sonic Youth, or Pavement, but brothers Steve and Jeff McDonald did just that—forming Redd Kross while still teenagers. They even supported an early incarnation of Black Flag at a middle school graduation party.

They've had six records so far including Neurotica (1987), Third Eye (1990), Phaseshifter (1993) and, following a hiatus from 1997 until 2006, a 15-year wait for their most recent album Researching The Blues (2012). The band’s gift for harmonies, punk attitudes, lush production and raucous riffs on tracks such as 'Annie’s Gone', 'Jimmy’s Fantasy', '1976' and 'Yesterday Once More' helped spawn grunge and define the times. As Dale Crover says of the brothers, “Those guys are both weirdos, and I love them for it and wouldn’t want it [any other] way.”

Grab your tickets and catch Melvins and Redd Kross live, this November!