Last year, the Melvins celebrated the release of their first-ever double album, A Walk with Love and Death. The band is now following that up with a new full-length named Pinkus Abortion Technician.
Due out April 20th through Mike Patton’s Ipecac Recordings, it spans eight tracks with titles such as “Break Bread”, “Embrace the Rub”, and “Prenup Butter”. There’s also a cover of The Beatles classic “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, as well as a medley of Butthole Surfers’ “Moving to Florida” and James Gang’s “Stop” aptly called “Stop Moving to Florida”.
Pinkus features the work of both ongoing Melvins bass players Steven McDonald (OFF!) and Jeff Pinkus (Butthole Surfers), a setup the band has never before used on record. “It’s an experiment in the low end of the aural spectrum where we asked ourselves, ‘would it work?’ ‘could it work??’ ‘should it work???’ The answers were yes, yes and YES!” explains Dale Crover in a statement.
“We’ve never had two bass players,” Buzz Osborne adds. “We’ve had two drummers and two guitar players so it makes total sense to now have two bass players. We’ll be taking this two-prong bass attack on the road as well which should prove to be interesting. Pinkus Abortion Technician is a radically great record and was a stone groove to record. We drank a lot of coffee and enjoyed each other’s company. I like Steven and Jeff a great deal. I admire their bass playing and singing and both of them can grill a mean steak.”