Melvins – ‘Hold It In’

Melvins - 'Hold It In'


The ageing rock band hit a few bullseyes on their latest attempt

It can be a little hard to reconcile one’s admiration for the Melvins – three decades old as a band – with the fact that they haven’t made a consistently great album since 2006’s ‘(A) Senile Animal’. They normally strike a few bullseyes per record though, and so it is with ‘Hold It In’, which finds stalwart Melvins Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover joined by Butthole Surfers members Paul Leary and JD Pinkus. Sometimes it’s poppier than textbook Melvins (‘I Get Along (Hollow Moon)’), sometimes noisier and more freeform (‘Barcelonian Horseshoe Pit’), but there’s ample helpings of the Pacific Northwestern weirdo-sludge that their fans adore them for, ‘Piss Pisstopherson’ and ‘Sesame Street Meat’ two finely-titled examples.

Noel Gardner


Record label: Ipecac
Release date: 13 Oct, 2014