Having played with two drummers in the recent past Melvins now go down the Ned’s Atomic Dustbin route of having two bass players on Pinkus Abortion Technician (a nod of course to Locust Abortion Technician seeing as it’s the Butthole Surfers Jeff Pinkus doing duty on the second of those basses).
In the course of its 37 minutes the album features a mash-up cover of The James Gang’s ‘Stop’ and the Butthole Surfers’ ‘Moving To Florida’ & versions of the Butthole Surfers’ ‘Graveyard’ and The Beatles ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ along with five new compositions.
The best of these is probably track three, the near-eight minute ‘Don’t Forget To Breathe’ - a mildly spacey, psychy groover which never overstays its welcome. Overall the album’s a cuddlier beast than you’d probably expect from the band so the adapted line-up has obviously caused quite a shift in musical terms. Either that or everyone was just more chilled out than usual.
Some oaf in The Guardian recently described Melvins as “tedious” but, whilst I do recall returning one of their ‘90s albums due to their cheek of having a period of silence on it noted as a song (and clearly noted too), that’s definitely not a description which can be levelled at them. They’ve been around a while, some albums are better than others & they have to keep themselves interested. Sometimes that pays off far and wide & other times they end up being more niche.
Needless to say the Beatles cover is nothing very exceptional (they could have done as well with anything by them or a similar act) but they’ll probably have fun with it on the road. Aside from that though Pinkus Abortion Technician is definitely in the positive column when it comes to tabling up Melvins albums.
Pinkus Abortion Technician is available from bandcamp.