(the) MELVINS | 26.10.2018 | Leeds Stylus | REVIEW and PHOTOS

(the) MELVINS | 26.10.2018 | Leeds Stylus | REVIEW and PHOTOS

(the) Melvins – 26th October 2018 – Leeds Stylus – Review and photos

Feature by Graeme J Baty

Melvins – 26th October 2018 – Leeds Stylus

What a bill! I’ve managed to miss the Melvins on their recent tours due to gig clashes, remarkably I’ve never seen them before. So when this one was announced with thee Jon Spencer as support nothing was going to stop me from getting to this one! Looking at the calibre of the musicians here tonight it’s a who’s who of 90s alternative music!

The Melvins have been a bucket list band of mine for many years. From the opening riff of Sesame Street Meat I knew it’d be worth the patience and 200-mile drive to see them! That first blast of pure guitar tone and sheer volume was intoxicating! I think to myself; holy shit they’re loud, holy shit this is awesome!

Melvins – 26th October 2018 – Leeds Stylus

Dual bass guitars is a thing of pure joy for me. The Melvins lineup seems very solidified now and it works tremendously well. With two very charismatic players; Jeff Pinkus (Butthole Surfers) and Steven Shane McDonald (Redd Kross) whose playing complements each other without muddying or stepping on each other’s toes. It’s a great sound. One of the things I love about the Stylus is its sheer capacity for volume, it’s lighting rig may suck but damn that sound is fantastic and I suppose you can’t have everything!

Melvins – 26th October 2018 – Leeds Stylus

Honey Bucket (their closest thing to a smash hit from their early 90s classic period) makes a welcome appearance midway through the set and it sounds better live than I’d ever imagined.

A stack of covers are in the setlist tonight, the highlight for me being the rather ridiculous Butthole Surfers cover; Stop Moving to Florida which they absolutely nail. I’m not normally one for covers but when the Melvins do them they make them entirely their own. A few others, as featured on their latest release Pinkus Abortion Technician include a Stones and Bowie covers and of course Redd Kross which seems only appropriate as they have RK bassist Steven Shane McDonald decked in a red animal print suit and looking like he’s having the time of his life! Sadly I didn’t get a decent colour shot of it 🙁

Melvins – 26th October 2018 – Leeds Stylus


This is from setlist.fm and sounds about right, I didn’t manage to get a snap of the setlist this time.

  • Sesame Street Meat
  • At a Crawl
  • The Kicking Machine
  • Saviour Machine
  • What They Say
  • Anaconda
  • Stop Moving to Florida
  • Edgar the Elephant
  • Sway
  • Let It All Be
  • Honey Bucket
  • The Bit
  • Don’t Forget to Breathe
  • Onions Make the Milk Taste Bad
  • The Talking Horse
  • Evil New War God
  • Eye Flys
Melvins – 26th October 2018 – Leeds Stylus

King Buzzo stalks the stage with furious energy proving why he’s one of the greatest frontmen of all time. The Melvins are one of the most unique acts going and are easily one of the best bands I’ve seen in my 20 years of gigging. This would make my top ten gigs of the year alone but with the added bonus of Jon Spencer (head here for that review) it’ll prove to be one of my favourite shows of 2018!


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