Vinyl Vlog 396

Vinyl Vlog 396

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Friday, 20 September 2019
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The Melvins
Pinkus Abortion Technician

It’s mind-boggling how such a prolific band can be so under-appreciated. Krist Novoselic of Nirvana fame has said that the Melvins are the only band left standing from the grunge-rock cacophony of the Nineties (take that, Pearl Jam), and even the new kids like Mastodon have gone on the record as saying they’re one of the greatest bands on earth. Of course, the Melvins don’t care what people say about them – they’re too busy putting out records.

You have to be in the right mindset to appreciate and properly experience a Melvins record because, in all honesty, you have to be ready for chaos. Yes, every Melvins record sounds heavy, shreddy, raw and sleazy, but what you’re also going to get is a band trying to throw you a curve ball. With Pinkus Abortion Technician, you’re in for that same old Melvins style you know and love. That’s something that makes me appreciate the band more as the years go on, which is that they always manage to sound like an interesting band even though they don’t deviate too much from their style. The album is perfectly embodied in opener Stop Moving to Florida: it’s sludgy, rocking, and makes you wonder “what the fuck, man?”. The Melvins have proven themselves time after time, and at this point it’s a joy to simply leave them to their own devices and enjoy the show.

Pinkus Abortion Technician comes in a beautiful double 10” set now that the initial super limited press has come and gone. I don’t know why bands do this, since the album would fit perfectly on a 12”, but I’ll take it. On beautiful colored vinyl, this record is simple and sweet looking.

Here’s the deal, Pinkus Abortion Technician is loaded with the Melvins ooze that both raises eyebrows and makes us smile. It’s cool as fuck, and it feels good.

Get it here.

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