The Melvins, a seminal punk/sludge metal band named after a much-despised Safeway supervisor in the band's hometown of Montesano, Wash., take the stage at Little Rock's Clear Channel Metroplex Tuesday, Sept. 13 in support of their 24th studio album since they began making waves in 1983. In advance of that show, Christopher Terry – known to some as C.T., lead singer of Rwake and Iron Tongue, documentarian for "Slow Southern Steel" and"Black Oak Arkansas: 40 Years of Heaven, Hell n' High Water" – talked with Dale Crover, longtime Melvins drummer who, along with lead singer and guitarist Buzz Osborne (known to some as "King Buzzo"), has remained a constant despite the group's ever-evolving lineup.
First off, the new record ["Basses Loaded"] is really good. It flows awesomely. I'm particularly fond to "I Want To Tell" and "War Pussy." What are a few of your favorite tunes on the new record, and what's your favorite Melvins tune of all time?
I like "Choco Plumbing" quite a bit. It's the closest we'll get to a Melvins pop song. I don't really have a favorite, but "Sesame Street Meat" is really fun to play live!
It sounds like everything is working out great with Steven [of Off!, Redd Kross]. Do you guys naturally progress with new bass players, or is it planned at all? Is there a wish list of bass players you guys have and cross off?
Steve is a great player! We've been big Redd Kross fans for a long time so Steve is our wish list bass player. Him and Bootsy!
Many musicians respect you guys. You do things on your own terms, and you've stayed true to your music and yourselves. Is there a secret to this, and what advice would you give young people starting their own bands?
The secret is to believe in what you're doing and don't worry what other people think. Be unique and original. Practice your ass off, because there's always going to be someone better than you!
I was just listening to the solo record ["Dale Crover"] the other day. It's heavier today than it's ever been before. "Hurter" may be one of my favorite songs of all time. Any chance of another solo album?
Thanks! I just released a crazy record on the label Joyful Noise. It's a 12 sided 10" record with six different spindle holes. The holes correspond with where you place the needle. Each record is hand made on a cutting lathe from the 1949s and it's very limited. In fact, it's already sold out. It's the most impractical record ever made! I plan on expanding it and making it a full length sometime next year.
Tickets to see the Melvins at the Metroplex Tues., Sept. 13 with fellow Washingtonians Helms Alee are available here, 8 p.m., $20.