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(the) Melvins | LIVE @ The Cat’s Cradle

1980s Rock N’ Roll wasn’t just cheesy hair bands. (the) Melvins, a band that formed in 1983, and has put out 27 albums since, are a timeless representation of the part of the 80s that paved the way for many musicians today. I’m trying to say that (the) Melvins are truly legendary, a must see.

I’ve lived in the triangle for about 5 years now and I’ve seen (the) Melvins come through a handful of times. For some reason, I’ve always been busy doing something else. But September 1st was my chance. I’ve been waiting to see this band for almost a decade, since I was an angsty teen and my parents didn’t allow me to go to concerts. This show was a real treat! The best part of the experience was that you can tell these band members know how to have a good time on stage. Even metal doesn’t have to be taken seriously. Bassist Steven Mcdonald’s moves were especially cracking me up. Just look at that tongue. Not sure if I was more impressed with this seemingly freakish part or his body, his dance moves, or the way he shredded that bass.

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Drummer Dale Crover of course didn’t leave home without his trusty Sylvester stuffed toy to stick on his drum set! I don’t know how long he’s been doing this, but it’s almost as iconic an image for (the) Melvins as Buzz Osborne’s hair.

Buzz was decked out in a third-eye-ish costume. I’m not positive if he was trying to be funny, but I found it quite hilarious being that they are a sludge metal/experimental rock kind of band. The costume almost seemed better suited for a pseudo-hippie/spiritual indie pop group, but who am I to judge? I think it was glamorous either way. Not to mention, it fit him like a glove.

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(the) Melvins ended their show with a classic cover of “Take me out to the Ball Game.” They brought out the opening band, Helms Alee, to really fill out the sound. I couldn’t make out which teams were being rooted for, but I heard the Dodgers in there, so fuck yeah Melvins for reppin’ LA!

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Aside: Either my hearing has gone really poor on account of NEVER wearing ear plus to concerts, or this sludge metal show was honestly pretty quiet. I could hear the shutter of my camera. I appreciate the courtesy of the sound guy at The Cat’s Cradle.

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