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Nothing ever stays entirely in one place very long around the Melvins, and the constantly evolving underground hard rock geniuses have undergone a temporary lineup and name change for the recording of 'Freak Puke'.
While their last three albums featured a two-drummer, four-piece roster augmented by Big Business members Jared Warren and Coady Willis, the new record finds the group in a more familiar three-piece setting.
Founding guitarist / singer Buzz Osbourne and his longtime drumming partner Dale Crover will be joined by bassist Trevor Dunn for this record, and the trio will operate under the name Melvins Lite.
The Melvins Lite lineup is in addition to, not replacing, the four-piece version of the band
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Freak Puke does have a pretty big difference from Melvins albums that have come out in recent years. Second drummer Coady Willis and bassist Jared Warren are not on this album. Instead we have Trevor Dunn playing stand up bass (to my knowledge there is no Cello or Violin or the album. Everything you think is done on those instruments are actually sounds produced on the stand up bass. Check out live videos for proof). He's no stranger to The Melvins though. He played bass on their "Houdini Live 2005" album and has also played with Buzz and Dale in Fantomas.
Needless to say this album sounds a lot different than their recent efforts (not that their recent efforts sound the same). If it sounded like any previous Melvins I would probably compare it to Honky or Stag, maybe even the Bootlicker although I think the album is much heavier than The Bootlicker. Like their other albums it really is it's own unique entry in their discography.
Honestly, this is one of the hardest albums in their discography to review. Sometimes it reminds me of their more 70's rock inspired songs (Leon vs the Revolution), sometimes it reminds me of their heavier sludge work (A Growing Disgust), sometimes it reminds me of an odd hybrid of Trevor's jazz influences combined with Buzz's indistinguishable guitar work (Baby, Won't You Weird Me Out), and that's barely the tip of the iceberg. There's a lot of depth to these songs and it's impossible to notice everything going on after a few listens.Read more ›
Anyway, "Freak Puke" is a great Melvins album. This time out, they bill themselves as "Melvins Lite" because Jared and Coady aren't on this album, and Trevor Dunn is manning a stand up bass (playing with no amp of any kind) to cover the low end. Don't be fooled by the "Lite" part of the title, though, this is not a sequel to "The Bootlicker" and fans will have plenty of loud guitars, heavy drums and snarling vocals to enjoy. Mr. Dunn does an excellent job on bass, you'll hear jazz influnced plucking as well as some cool sounding bow work, with it all being very up in the mix, so again, the sonic weight is definitely there and just because its an upright bass with no amp hardly means its a "Lite" sound.
While this approach with an upright bass may sound like just a neat gimmick, it really works well and blends with Buzz and Dale just as good as any other instrumental line up they've done over the years. Its also worth noting that the emphasis on this album is on songs. There is very little noise mongering on display (though a Melvins album will always have some) and what is here doesn't stay too long. In a lot of respects you could compare "Freak Puke" to "Nude With Boots" given the surplus of 70's rock riffage on display and the tight focused songs.
Also worth noting is the cover of Wings "Let Me Roll It." Its a pretty faithful cover and its pretty awesome.Read more ›
Buzzo's guitar playing is great! Dale's drumming is grand (feels good to not hear two drummers pummeling my ears). Trevor's bass playing is superb as he makes sweet, smooth love to your ear canal.
This just may be my summer lay out/beach/hang around the house album!
MELVINS fans definitely pick this up.
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Freak Puke may claim Melvins Lite on the cover but the distortion and heavy beats that define the Melvins are there along with rich cellos.Published 17 months ago by Julianlobato
Great album by the Melvins, stripped down to gitar drums and cello instead of basplayer. It sounds really good, the cello gives a deeper and darker edge to the album. Great stuff!Published on June 1, 2013 by Wouter Uten
... buy this immediately!
Here's ANOTHER great CD from a band with plenty of great CDs!
Heavy, tight, great songs and a sense of humor - just how I like my... Read more
Decent album that sounds like something from the 70's. Not you're average sounding Melvin's record. It's a little different but in a good way.Published on November 14, 2012 by Paul
I havent seen Then Melvins as a 3 piece since 2005, I really hope this marks the end of the Big Business era!!! Read morePublished on October 21, 2012 by K. Balles
There are good songs in the bunch but there are a lot of tough to listen to songs on this album. It's Melvins Lite not the Melvins so don't expect the same fist in the face. Read morePublished on September 23, 2012 by Big Muff
This is a great band. This album has 10 tracks but 5 tracks are a little weird. Check them out if you get the chance. They rocked the Beartooth pub in Anchorage. Read morePublished on September 7, 2012 by tybud
How, how, how does a band that's been around for nearly 30 years stay this fresh? Its just unnatural. "Freak puke" is yet another amazing album in a long line of amazing albums. Read morePublished on August 17, 2012 by C.C. Arty (whoa-oa-oa)