The Melvins in Nashville, Tennessee on Friday, September 22, 2017
The Melvins performed at one of Nashville’s cooler venues, 3rd & Lindsley, to a maximum capacity crowd on Friday, September 22, 2017.
The Melvins, originally hailing from Washington, is a trio recognizable for their grungy/sludgy music. Their fans credit them with being the godfathers of grunge and early pioneers of doom metal. Having not been too familiar with their work, I quickly and sadly realized that I had been missing some truly amazing music. I could hear a very clear Black Sabbath influence, and could easily hear the influence The Melvins provided for bands such as Nirvana and Soundgarden.
King Buzzo is definitely a showman, and grabs your attention from the start and holds it until the finish (which comes all too soon), but for me, Steven Shane McDonald, on bass, is the ultimate show stealer with his phenomenal bass riffs, and is just as entertaining to watch. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed watching a bass player more. This isn’t just a band I’ll see again; this is a band I will travel to see again.
The Melvins have quite the variety of sounds, so if you like punk, metal, sludge, grunge, or just something slow and heavy, do yourself a favor and listen to this band!
Show review by Christy Carrigg.
Photos courtesy of Sidney Tyler Lofton in Nashville, Tennessee. ©2017.