The Melvins shaken by New Zealand earthquake

The hardcore band were in Christchurch when the recent quake hit

The Melvins shaken by New Zealand earthquake

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Hardcore band the Melvins have spoken out about being caught up in the earthquake which recently hit the New Zealand city of Christchurch.

The Los Angeles based band were touring the country, playing Al's Bar in the city on February 21.

They were at Christchurch airport the next day when they felt the quake.

"We were at the airport just seconds away from checking our bags when the first big rolling quake hit,” revealed frontman Buzz Osborne.

“If the building would have came down at that point we would have been crushed like dumb chickens. As soon as that one was over, we grabbed all of our bags and passports and ran for the door."

The band were unscathed by the disaster and were able to finish their New Zealand tour after postponing their remaining two shows by a day and taking a ferry to their gig in Wellington and then flying to their show in Auckland.

“Now we are doing a festival tour of Australia with lots of bands I've never heard of," Osborne told Spinner.

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