The Melvins walk us through Love and Death at a sold out show in SF!

The Melvins have hit the road in celebration for the release of their first ever (in twenty-five releases and thirty years!) double-feature album, A Walk With Love And Death. This week, they played a sold out show at San Francisco’s own Great American Music Hall with support from Spotlights for a sludge-filled bad ass evening. 

The 23-track release (which dropped July 7th via Ipecac) finds Buzz Osborne, Steve McDonald and Dale Crover stitching together two very distinct sides to the band’s music, i.e. Love and Death. As expected from a Melvin’s release, Death is at it sounds, the slow, heavy metal fans crave. The Love side is a score to the Jesse Nieminen directed self-produced short feature by the same name: A Walk With Love and Death. The band has described their project as one “giant, dark, moody, psychotic head trip” to which their show definitely lived up to! 

This sold out night began with high expectations: the walls of the Great American Music Hall were lined with custom Melvins poster, each unique and just grotesque and worthy enough to commemorate the evening. Spotlights warmed up the crowd — this trio a perfect companion with their own slow-tempo metal music with a twist: lead singer/guitarist and bass players Mario and Sarah Quintero founded the band amidst their marriage! Joined on stage by Chris Enriquez on the drums, these New York natives were a treat all the way on the California coast. 

The Melvins took the stage with no tricks, no gimmicks, no flashy lights. In fact, they performed the entire night with the same vibrant red-lighting, leaving us to believe it was a statement towards love and death. The band opened with Flipper’s Sacrifice played at a medium tempo, leading into several of their tracks throughout the years and an unexpected cover in the form of The Beatles’ “I Wanna Hold Your Hand.”

It only took about three songs for the crowd to erupt to life, paying no mind to the small stage, fans were moshing/crowd surfing and coming in close proximity to kicking The Melvins themselves right in the cranium…and from the looks of it, The Melvins loved it, who fed off the energy to provide one epic show. All the while dressed impeccably for the occasion: Buzz in a be-dazzled mumu and Steve in a sleeveless fuzzy top with his accented golden, glitter guitar strap. Dale looked casual — but don’t let that fool you. He had Slyvester from the Looney Tunes helping him keep the beat on his drum kit. 

Check out our photo gallery from the evening! 

 

THE MELVIN’S SETLIST 

Sacrifice (Flipper Cover)
Oven
Anaconda
Queen
Kicking Machine
Savior Machine (David Bowie Cover)
It’s Shoved
I Wanna Hold Your Hand (Beatles cover)
Euthanasia 

Edgar the Elephant
Sober Delic (Acid Only) 

The Bit
Onions Make The Milk Taste Bad
Amazon
Lyson 

You can check out the trailer to A Walk With Love and Death (the feature) below. The album is available everywhere – check out Spotify and Apple Music to stream it! And don’t forget to catch The Melvins on the remaining tour dates! 

 

Melvins + Spotlights remaining tour dates:

07/10/2017 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall

07/12/2017 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre

07/14/2017 – Vancouver, BC @ Venue Nightclub

 

07/17/2017 – Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall

07/18/2017 – Calgary, AB @ The Marquee

07/20/2017 – Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret

07/21/2017 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium

07/22/2017 – Minneapolis, MN @ Grumpy’s Bash

07/24/2017 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom

07/25/2017 – Chicago, IL @ The Metro

07/26/2017 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme

07/27/2017 – Detroit, MI @ El Club

07/28/2017 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop

07/29/2017 – Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar

07/31/2017 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater

08/01/2017 – Syracuse, NY @ The Westcott Theater

08/02/2017 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club

08/03/2017 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

08/04/2017 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

08/05/2017 – Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony

08/06/2017 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar

08/08/2017 – Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry

08/09/2017 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle

08/10/2017 – Knoxville, TN @ The Concourse

08/11/2017 – Louisville, KY @ Headliner’s Music Hall

08/12/2017 – St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room

08/13/2017 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck

08/15/2017 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre

08/17/2017 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge

08/18/2017 – Las Vegas, NV @ Psycho Fest

08/20/2017 – San Jose, CA @ The Ritz

08/21/2017 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst

08/22/2017 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo

09/05/2017 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom

09/06/2017 – Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole

09/08/2017 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk

09/09/2017 – Dallas, TX @ Tree’s

09/10/2017 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger

09/11/2017 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live (Studio)

09/13/2017 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack’s

09/14/2017 – Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall

09/15/2017 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbit’s

09/16/2017 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum

09/17/2017 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ The Culture Room

09/18/2017 – Orlando, FL @ The Social

09/20/2017 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club

09/21/2017 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Hell Stage)

09/22/2017 – Nashville, TN @ 3rd & Lindsley

09/23/2017 – Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone

09/25/2017 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon

09/26/2017 – Rock Island, IL @ Rock Island Brewing Co.

09/27/2017 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s

09/28/2017 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room

09/30/2017 – Ft. Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre

10/02/2017 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad

10/03/2017 – Flagstaff, AZ @ The Green Room