Melvins & Redd Kross with Tosha Kasai

Event Date/Doors Open: 
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 8:00pm
Event Time: 
$20 Advance, $25 Day of Show

On Tuesday, September 10, the Community Center for the Performing Arts and University of Oregon Campus Radio 88.1 FM KWVA proudly welcome the Melvins back to the WOW Hall along with special guests Redd Kross and Toshi Kaisi.  Dale Crover and Steven McDonald will be doing double duty with both Melvins and Redd Kross, so this tour will be two times the fun! 

Amphetatmine Reptile Records recently posted a test press of the upcoming split release they're putting out with the Melvins and Flipper. Buzz Osborne talked about that and other things in an interesting interview with Coachella Valley Weekly

“We always have records. We’re recording all kinds of things. We have a split-EP with the Flipper guys coming out. We have an EP with a band from Sweden called ShitKid coming out soon. We have a Melvins project with me, Dale and the original drummer that we’re working on. I also have a solo acoustic album I’m finishing. We have another album that I can’t really let the cat out of the bag on that one yet that we’re working on. It’s a ton of stuff. I think in the last two months we’ve recorded 35 songs.” 

No other band to emerge from the punk/alternative underground would mine Black Sabbath’s slow, monolithic roar with greater effect than the Melvins, and they proved to be wildly influential despite barely breaking out of cult status.  Kurt Cobain often sang their praises, helping them land their first major-label recording deal in 1993. They became a bridge between the edges of the punk and metal communities, who would find greater common ground from the '90s onward. (Their debut EP, 1986's 6 Songs, found them wavering between speedier punk-oriented numbers and full-on heaviness, but by 1991's Bullhead, the Melvins trademark gargantuan sound was firmly in place.) 

While the Melvins were as recognizable as any band of their day, they also proved to be more creatively flexible than nearly all their peers, which helped the band remain productive and prolific more than three decades after it launched.

The band formed in Aberdeen, Washington, the same town that produced Nirvana’s Cobain and Krist Novoseic.  The Melvins sludge was inspirational.  Younger bands took their heaviness, adding a pop song structure, and became famous.  Melvins did earn a major-label contract with Atlantic, but after releasing three records for the label, they were dropped in late 1996 and the group returned to indie status.  The late '90s and early 2000s saw a flurry of releases by the band: most were issued on Mike Patton’s Ipecac label.  (Buzz and Patton released several albums together with the band Fantomas.)

One of the few things the Melvins hadn't done was release a double album, but finally they were able to cross that off their list in 2017 with the 23-track A Walk with Love and Death.  In 2018 they used a lineup featuring two bassists on the album Pinkus Abortion Technician (with J.D. Pinkus returning from his to the bottom end along with Steve McDonald as Buzzo and Crover took their usual places on guitar and drums).



Redd Kross is Steven McDonald (bass/vocals), Jeff McDonald (vocals/guitars,) Dale Crover (drums) and Jason Shapiro (guitars/vocals).

Like fellow legendary Great American John Waters, Redd Kross have devoted their career to making subversive entertainment in a high pop celebrity style, reintroducing in their especially golden late ’80s/early-’90s period such forbidden classic-rock tropes as melodies, harmonies, ripping musicianship and primary colors -- stuff that had (largely) been ditched in the underground rock’s post-punk, No Wave, hardcore, and sensitive-egghead scenes.  Their self-aware pre-spandex Glam bubblegum garage psychedelic Cheap Trick/Kiss/Revolver post-Kim Fowley rock and roll is known for degenerate, sweet, tongues in cheek, song-long winks.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show.  Doors open at 8:00 pm and showtime is 9:00.