The Melvins were formed in Montessano, Washington in 1983 by Buzz Osborne, Matt Lukin and Mike Dillard. Lukin and Dillard left the band and drummer Dale Crover stepped in shortly thereafter. Osborne and Crover have been the Melvins’ mainstays throughout their 30+ year metamorphosis. To date the band has released 29 original albums, numerous live full-lengths and far too many to count singles and rarities. They’ve partnered with Jello Biafra, Lustmord and Fantomas for individual releases and toured the world many times over. In fact, the band had the misfortune to be in both Christchurch and Tokyo for their 2011 earthquakes.
The Melvins’ are a continually shifting entity, whether in their current incarnation of Osborne, Crover, Steven McDonald (Redd Kross/OFF!) and Jeff Pinkus (Butthole Surfers). Recently they’ve primarily played as a trio with Osborne, Crover and McDonald. Previous line-ups include a four-piece with annexed Big Business band members Jared Warren and Coady Willis, as well as Melvins Lite, which pairs Osborne and Crover with Mr. Bungle alum Trevor Dunn. Sometimes, if you’re extra lucky, one incarnation of the Melvins open for the Melvins. 2016 saw the release of The Colossus of Destiny: A Melvins Tale, the first documentary to explore the band’s history. Both Osborne and Crover have recently released their first solo albums. The band’s latest album is Pinkus Abortion Technician (April 2018).