The Melvins announce new album ‘Basses Loaded’ + release new song

The Melvins

The Melvins, who have a history of imaginative line-up changes, feature not only one, but six different bass players on their perfectly titled new album, ‘Basses Loaded’ (June 3, Ipecac Recordings).

The collection features Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover joined by Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic, Redd Kross’ Steve McDonald, Butthole Surfers’ J.D. Pinkus, Big Business’ Jared Warren,  Mr. Bungle/Fantomas’ Trevor Dunn and Crover swapping the drum kit for bass in the Melvins 1983 iteration.

The Melvins Basses Loaded coverTrack listing (bass player in parentheses):
1. The Decay of Lying (Steve McDonald)
2. Choco Plumbing (Jared Warren)
3. Beer Hippie (Dale Crover, aka Melvins 1983 line-up)
4. I Want To Tell You (Steve McDonald)
5. Captain Come Down (JD Pinkus)
6. Hideous Woman (Steve McDonald)
7. Shaving Cream (Dale Crover, aka Melvins 1983 line-up)
8. Planet Distructo (Trevor Dunn, aka Melvins Lite line-up)
9. War Pussy (Steve McDonald)
10. Maybe I Am Amused (Krist Novoselic)
11. Phyllis Dillard (Dale Crover, aka Melvins 1983 line-up)
12. Take Me Out To The Ballgame (Dale Crover, aka Melvins 1983 line-up)

You can listen to their new song Hideous Woman, which is lifted from the album via YouTube below.

Osborne discusses the new album, as well as the band’s forthcoming Mike & The Melvins’ release, ‘Three Men and a Baby’ (April 1, Sub Pop), in an interview with Rolling Stone (

The Melvins (Buzz, Dale and Steve McDonald) launch a North American tour, followed by a European tour later this month (North American co-headlining dates with Napalm Death, and Melt Banana opening, begin March 26).

Tour dates:
March 12  Las Vegas, NV  Neon Reverb Music Festival
March 19  San Jose, CA  The Ritz
March 20  Sacramento, CA  The Boardwalk
March 22  Pioneertown  Pappy & Harriet’s
March 23  Fullerton, CA  The Continental Room
March 24  San Diego, CA  The Casbah
March 26  Tempe, AZ  The Marquee
March 28  Albuqerque, NM  Sunshine Theater
March 30  Dallas, TX  Tree’s
March 31  Austin, TX  Mohawk
April 1  Houston, TX  Numbers
April 2  New Orleans, LA  One Eyed Jack’s
April 3  Birmingham, AL  Iron City
April 4  Pensacola, FL  Vinyl Music Hall
April 5  Tallahassee, FL  Sidebar Theatre
April 7  Ft. Lauderdale, FL  Culture Room
April 8  Orlando, FL  The Plaza Live
April 9  Tampa, FL  The Orpheum
April 10  Atlanta, GA  The Masquerade
April 12  Washington, DC  930 Club
April 13  Philadelphia, PA  Underground Arts
April 14  Brooklyn, NY  Music Hall of Williamsburg SOLD OUT
April 15  New York, NY  Webster Hall
April 16  Boston, MA  Paradise Rock Club
April 17  Montreal, QC  Club Soda
April 19  Toronto, ON  The Opera House
April 20  Detroit, MI  Majestic Theatre
April 21  Cleveland, OH  Agora Ballroom
April 22  Chicago, IL  The Metro
April 23  Milwaukee, WI  The Rave II (Downstairs)
April 24  Minneapolis, MN  First Avenue
April 25  Omaha, NE  The Waiting Room
April 27  Denver, Co  Ogden Theatre
April 29  Salt Lake City, UT  Urban Lounge
May 1  Seattle, WA  The Showbox
May 2  Vancouver, BC  Venue
May 3  Portland, OR  Roseland Theater
May 5  San Francisco, CA  Slim’s
May 6  San Francisco, CA  Slim’s
May 7  Los Angeles, CA  The Troubadour  SOLD OUT
May 8  Los Angeles, CA  The Troubadour  SOLD OUT
May 9  Los Angeles, CA  The Troubadour (Dead Cross play instead of Melt Banana)

June 3 – 5  Bristol, UK  Temples Festival
June 17  Clisson, France  Hellfest