Listening to a band for the first time is quite an experience, and it’s certainly one that is incredibly hard to forget. I may have been living under the heaviest rock since I had never experienced The Melvins’ music, but after getting to listen their newest and upcoming album, ‘Pinkus Abortion Technician’, I can positively and confidently state that no other first-listening has left me so flabbergasted and eager to heat more.
With a lineup containing two bass players (both of whom are also in other iconic bands such as Off! and Butthole Surfers), The Melvins truly have a vision to be unique that has been successfully achieved. Since their formation in the 80s, it seems as if they simply won’t let themselves fade away, and with their upcoming release of ‘Pinkus Abortion Technician’ they appear to be drilling this specific point right into our minds as the collection of songs in this album contains elements from their
previous projects, as well as their usual new and quirky touch.
To start off the wild ride that follows through the entirety of the album, the first track collects inspiration from the Butthole Surfers’ song Moving to Florida and James Gang’s song Stop in order to meld them into a medley known as Stop Moving to Florida. This first track is rightly a testament to The Melvin’s ability to showcase their own sound even when borrowing tunes.
The rest of the album contains an entire array of memorable tracks, switching up between the faster pace of Embrace the Rub to slower songs such as Don’t Forget to Breathe and Flamboyant Duck, the sound quality and fantastic instrumental arrangement never cease to please the listener. Even in tracks where the tempo seems to have a mind of its own, the listening experience actually doubles in notability, as can be seen in the Melvin’s own take on The Beatles’ I Want to Hold Your Hand. The entire cover is completely separated from The Beatles’ sound, and once again the Melvins’ show how true to their own identity they can remain, even when borrowing another artist’s songs.
Other outstanding aspects that make the album as iconic as I can describe it include the guitar riffs present in every song, but that deserve an exceptional shout out specifically for the final tracks of the album, Prenup Butter and Grave Yard, which both manage to incorporate the heaviness of the riffs amongst the choruses of otherwise slow songs. And to not leave any songs undiscussed, of course Break Bread deserves to be mentioned. Sitting right in the middle of the entire album, it also matches its own position in terms of tempo and heaviness ranking. Not too heavy and not so slow, this track is a perfect intermission point and divider of the album. All in all, all of ‘Pinkus Abortion Technician’ deserves to be listened to with both headphones in, and no distractions. And of course, I will highly recommend this album to any first-time Melvins listeners such as myself.