Melvins Release New Album Friday, Launch Tour April 26 in San Diego

The Melvins are set to drop a new album on Friday and have lined up dates for their 10-week tour, which kicks off at The Casbah in San Diego on April 26.

The new record, called Pinkus Abortion Technician (Ipecac Recordings) features both ongoing Melvins’ bass player Steven McDonald (Redd Kross, OFF!) and Jeff Pinkus, bassist from the Butthole Surfers.

“With our upcoming release, we double your bass player with Steven McDonald and Jeff Pinkus holding down the bottom,” Dale Crover said. “It’s an experiment in the low end of the aural spectrum where we asked ourselves, ‘Would it work?’ ‘Could it work??’ ‘Should it work???’ The answers were yes, yes and YES!”


“We’ve never had two bass players,” said Buzz Osborne.”We’ve had two drummers and two guitar players so it makes total sense to now have two bass players. I like Steven and Jeff a great deal. I admire their bass playing and singing and both of them can grill a mean steak.”

‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’

On the record, which will appeal to Melvins lovers for its powerful guitar and huge bass, there are some notable tunes. “Stop Moving To Florida” is a medley of the James Gang’s “Stop” and Butthole Surfers’ “Moving To Florida.” Also on the album, the band covers the Beatles’ “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and Butthole Surfers’ “Graveyard.”

The Melvins embark on a 10-week North American tour, launching April 26 at the Casbah in San Diego. The tour will feature the Melvins as a four-piece with both Pinkus and McDonald joining Osborne and Crover.

Melvins Tour Dates

April 26  San Diego, CA  Casbah
April 27  Tucson, AZ  The Rock
April 29  Dallas, TX  Tree’s
April 30  Austin, TX  Mohawk
May 1  Houston, TX  White Oak Music Hall
May 3  Baton Rouge, LA  Spanish Moon
May 4  Birmingham, AL  Zydeco
May 5  Atlanta, GA  Masquerade
May 6  Charlotte, NC  Visulite Theater
May 7  Carrboro, NC  Cat’s Cradle
May 9  Baltimore, MD  Ottobar
May 10  Philadelphia, PA  Underground Arts
May 11  Brooklyn, NY  Warsaw
May 12  Hamden, CT  Space Ballroom
May 13  Boston, MA  Paradise Rock Club
May 14  Montreal, QC  Corona Theatre
May 16  Toronto, ON  Velvet Underground
May 18  Cleveland, OH  Grog Shop
May 19  Pittsburgh, PA  Rex Theater
May 20  Louisville, KY  Headliner’s Music Hall
May 22  Nashville, TN  3rd & Lindsley
May 23  Memphis, TN  Hi-Tone
May 24  St. Louis, MO  The Ready Room
May 25  Kansas City, MO  Record Bar
May 26  Tulsa, OK  Cain’s Ballroom
May 27  Norman, OK  Opolis
May 29  Santa Fe, NM  Meow Wolf
May 30  Flagstaff, AZ  The Green Room
May 31  Phoenix, AZ  Crescent Ballroom
July 12  Santa Ana, CA  The Observatory
July 13  Los Angeles, CA  Troubadour
July 14  Fresno, CA  Strummer’s
July 16  San Francisco, CA  Great American Music Hall
July 17  Sacramento, CA  Holy Diver
July 19  Seattle, WA  Neumo’s
July 20  Portland, OR  Wonder Ballroom
July 21  Vancouver, BC  Venue Nightclub
July 24  Edmonton, AB  Union Hall
July 25  Calgary, AB  Marquee Room
July 27  Winnipeg, MB  Pyramid Cabaret
July 28  Fargo, ND  The Aquarium (Dempsey’s Upstairs)
July 29  Minneapolis, MN  First Avenue
July 30  Madison, WI  High Noon Saloon
July 31  Chicago, IL  Park West
August 2  Grand Rapids, MI  The Pyramid Scheme
August 3  Detroit, MI  El Club
August 4  Columbus, OH  A&R Music Bar
August 5  Indianapolis, IN  The Vogue Theatre
August 6  Rock Island, IL  Rock Island Brewing Company
August 7  Des Moines, IA  Wooly’s
August 8  Omaha, NE  The Waiting Room
August 10  Englewood, CO  Gothic Theatre
August 11  Ft. Collins, CO  Aggie Theatre
August 13  Salt Lake City, UT  Urban Lounge
August 14  Las Vegas, NV  The Bunkhouse Saloon
August 16  Los Angeles, CA  The Echo