Melvins, Totimoshi | Double Door | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Melvins, Totimoshi Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended Critics' Picks

When: Fri., June 25, 9 p.m. 2010

Almost 30 years into their career, the Melvins show no sign of winding down—quite the opposite. In 2006 guitarist Buzz Osborne and drummer Dale Crover, having lost the latest in a long series of bass players, recruited an entire new rhythm section, bassist Jared Warren and drummer Coady Willis, both of Big Business. Since then they've released three albums with this octopus-armed double-drummer setup, as well as their long-awaited disc of remixes, Chicken Switch (really more a snack between entrees). The new The Bride Screamed Murder (Ipecac) is, like any Melvins record, heavy as shit, but it's also unusually playful, hooky, and infectious. The band's approach to the less brutal elements of the album—the deconstructed drum line and football-game chant of "The Water Glass," the trippy sci-fi metal of "I'll Finish You Off" and "Electric Flower," the kitschy stadium rock of the first half of "Evil New War God"—is roughly analogous to a big slobbery dog's approach to a chintz-covered sofa that it's chewing to rags. The Melvins have dialed back the slow and sludgy, and the side of the band on display here is less heavy like a T. rex and more nimble like a velociraptor—all the same, though, somebody's face is gonna get eaten off. Totimoshi opens. Fifty ticketholders will be admitted at 6:30 PM to watch the Melvins play Wiffle ball against Double Door staff. —Monica Kendrick

Price: $25.

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