AA-side single ‘Dead’ / Enough Nothing’, due November 25th via Ra-Ra Rok Records.
When we heard ‘Dead’, the latest release from Brighton fuzz/sludge trio GANG, we developed a bit of an inkling that they just might have a bit of a penchant for the early stirrings of what become known as grunge once it lumbered out of the Pacific Northwest.
Then, we saw the picture of them above, which bears a striking resemblance to this photograph taken by Charles Peterson of grunge stalwarts Mudhoney and we were certain our inkling was true.
With all that rollicking around Overblown’s brain, we decided the only thing to do was to ask the guys what their essential grunge albums are. Their rather focused list is below. Enjoy it while you listen to ‘Dead’, and some choice cuts from their selections.
5. Melvins – Gluey Porch Treatments (1987)
Their first album. 17 songs in 38 minutes. The sludge bible. The inspiration for the entire NOLA scene (Eyehategod, Crowbar, Down etc.) as well as a huge influence on the Seattle scene.
4. Melvins – Ozma (1989)
16 songs in 39 minutes. Very playful, very dark. What an interesting dichotomy. There’s also a cover of Kiss’ “Love Thing” on the album.
3. Melvins – Bullhead (1991)
The ace Japanese alternative metal band ‘Boris’ took their name from the opening track. Really pretty artwork of a fruit basket too.
2. Melvins – Dale Crover (1992)
Each Melvin did a solo record in 1991, just like Kiss did in 1978. This one is Melvins’ drummer Dale Crover’s. It’s eerie.
1. Melvins – Lysol (1992)
The heaviest album ever recorded, before Sleep recorded Dopesmoker. ‘Hung Bunny’ is nauseating.
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