Melvins – Pinkus Abortion Technician album review

Washington’s celebrated absurdists Melvins form a new alliance

Melvins Pinkus Abortion Technician album cover
Pinkus Abortion Technician

1. Stop Moving To Florida
2. Embrace The Rub
3. Don’t Forget To Breathe
4. Flamboyant Duck
5. Break Bread
6. I Want To Hold Your Hand
7. Prenup Butter
8. Graveyard

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A good number of musical history’s experiments have the Melvins’ name stamped on them and the latest entry into the irreverent legends’ extensive discography has them employing two bassists: Jeff Pinkus and Steven McDonald. Despite this, Pinkus Abortion Technician – a take on the classic Locust Abortion Technician album by Pinkus’s other band, Butthole Surfers – won’t blow out speakers or bowels; it’s surprisingly quirky and light-hearted. The I Wanna Hold Your Hand cover is thick, but not oppressive, Flamboyant Duck mostly twangs acoustically and tar-paced rocker Prenup Butter uses a wah pedal in a way Cliff Burton fans will appreciate. It’s really only the scuzzy blues of Don’t Forget To Breathe and Break Bread’s stadium-sized rock where bass-driven thunder is felt and, as with most Melvins releases, highlights and lowlights are based on whether listeners prefer to rock out or let outsider-art waves wash over them.