Melvins: Working The Ditch

The Melvins are making a comeback with their new album, Tarantula Heart, set to be released on April 19th, 2024, through Ipecac Recordings. The new full length is anticipated to showcase the band's unparalleled creativity, adding another chapter to their renowned body of work known for its unconventionality. The first glimpse of what's to come is Working The Ditch, a hard hitting track accompanied by a visually intense video created by Jesse Nieminen.

The way we approached Tarantula Heart was different than any other Melvins’ album,” explains Buzz Osborne. “I had Dale and Roy Mayorga come in and play along with Steven and I to some riffs, then I took those sessions and figured out what parts would work and wrote new music to fit. This isn’t a studio approach we’ve ever taken. Usually we have the songs written BEFORE we start recording!

The majority of Tarantula Heart has dual drum parts,” adds long-time Melvins drummer Dale Crover. “Roy is an amazing drummer. We would discuss what we would do pattern wise, then we’d just go for it. Improvising riffs and trading off on drum fills.

When the rest of the band heard these songs I’d created from the sessions, they were blown away,” Buzz comments. “These were fully developed new songs that they’d never heard before that had seemingly appeared out of thin air. Presto!

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