Photos: Two nights with the Melvins


The Melvins perform at Rock Island Brewing Company. Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. — photo by Zak Neumann

Even if you’re unfamiliar with the Melvins, their influence is sure to have graced your eardrums, especially if you’ve listened to metal or any of it’s multiple sub-genres the last 20 years.

Although the Melvins were formed in 1983, guitarist Buzz “King Buzzo” Osborne and drummer Dale Crover have been the driving force behind the band since 1984, with Osborne being the sole original member. The band has employed ten or more different bass players to date, including a stint with Crover on bass.

Steven Shane McDonald of Redd Kross and Off! fame is the latest to take up the role and was first featured on Melvin’s 2016 release, Basses Loaded.  The trio is on a huge tour promoting their latest release, A Walk With Love and Death. 

The tail end of that tour brought them to Rock Island and Des Moines for shows at Rock Island Brewing Company and Wooly’s. Supporting on the United States leg of the tour was New York doom-y shoegaze outfit Spotlights, who joined the Melvins on stage to play a couple droning tracks from the band’s 1992 release Lysol to end the show. The following photos were shot during soundchecks and performances at both of those shows.[/vc_column_text][hcode_image_gallery image_gallery_type=”lightbox-gallery” simple_image_type=”feet” lightbox_type=”masonry” column=”6″ image_gallery=”124195,124203,124193,124196,124194,124198,124197,124201,124200,124199,124202,124204,124205,124219,124206,124207,124208,124209,124210,124212,124213,124215,124216,124214,124218,124217″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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