The ever prolific Melvins have done it again — only a few months after their free EP release in conjunction with Scion, the band are set to release Freak Puke with a brand new lineup, now including Trevor Dunn on bass. You can listen to the album in full over at AOL, of all places, ahead of it’s June 5th release date and hear highlights including the southern fried big riffs of ‘Let Me Roll It‘, the intentionally abrasive ‘Inner Ear Rupture‘ and the future classic ‘Leon Vs. The Revolution‘. It’s distinctly a Melvins release, but the effect that Dunn has had on the band is definitely noticeable with his upright bass switching between delicate background plodding and full-frontal brazen activity. So if you haven’t already got your daily dose of ‘strange’, Melvins have got you covered.
Any new Melvins material is a good thing, but when it’s free? Well that’s just the start of a great day really. After their collaboration last year with a video for ‘Electric Flower‘, Scion has once again backed the Melvins and released their brand new EP The Bulls & The Bees free to download.
I’d love to hate Scion, I really would — I mean companies with large amounts of money putting their brand name on metal releases!? That’s like the complete antithesis of what metal should be about. But when it’s done like this; with free releases from some pretty revered bands, great shows and minimal advertising surrounding it all — it’s looking like a really great prospect. The Bulls & The Bees is testament to that and whilst there’s no such thing as a ‘bad’ Melvins release, this is certainly in line with the winning streak that the band have been on for the last few years. In tandem with the release comes a video for the leading track from the EP, ‘The War On Wisdom‘, and it’s cheesey premise works pretty well for what is essentially a more ‘upbeat’ Melvins track. With this and their upcoming full length Freak Puke, 2012 looks set to be a good year.
I’ve always enjoyed album artwork, whether it be the depraved and cold nightmares of Vincent Locke or the rounded and colourful lucid dreams of John Dyer Baizley. But sometimes you get artwork that’s just perfectly simplistic and striking —- that’s exactly how Freak Puke feels. The human figure built up of veins is the perfect analogy for The Melvins trade marked brand of experimental sludgey rock, something off and different but still entirely human and tangible.
Freak Puke is set to be released via Ipecac Records on the 5th of June and will feature the revamp line up of King Buzzo, Dale Crover and Trevor Dunn, who is probably most notable for his work with Mr. Bungle, John Zorn and Secret Chiefs 3. It would seem the guys in Big Business weren’t available for this outing but Dunn has a Midas touch, so it’ll be surprising if Freak Puke is anything less than mind boggling. If you’re not familiar with The Melvins, I’ve included the bands latest music video for ‘The Talking Horse‘ after the jump for your listening pleasure. You owe it to yourself to witness this truly strange, strange video.
[- via The PRP]