It’s nearly impossible to describe modern rock without mentioning Melvins and the band’s affect on the genre’s evolution. The Montesano, WA rock pioneers formed in 1983 and were key in the development of both grunge and sludge metal influencing bands such as Nirvana, Soundgarden Green River and many other Seattle bands. They even helped establish the foundation for Nirvana by introducing Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic to Dave Grohl in 1988. The Melvins’ notorious sludgy sound and experimental tendencies have taken many shapes over the past 34 years from dark, ambient rock to avant-garde electroacoustic and even punk country. In July 2017, the band released their first ever double album, A Walk with Love & Death. The album is split into two parts; “Death, a proper Melvins’ release and Love, the score to the Jesse Nieminen directed, self-produced short also titled A Walk With Love & Death.” Melvins are currently touring the US in support of the new album and brought their sludgy rock to a packed Mohawk in Austin last Friday. Check out some of the show highlights below.

 

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Photos by: Paul Adams @runtDMC