Scraping Genius Off The Wheel


  • Gary Suarez


This Friday, the one-and-only Melvins kick off a 25th anniversary celebration at New York’s Webster Hall, where (as I’ve mentioned before) the group will perform the classic Houdini LP in its entirety, followed by a set of tracks from the founding 1983 incarnation featuring original drummer Mike Dillard. The talented Trevor Dunn, who played some shows with his new band MadLove a couple weeks ago, will fill in on bass duties as the Big Business boys are currently touring in support of the just-released Mind The Drift album. Yet incidentally there’s another former Melvin who just happens to be in the Big Apple this weekend: Joe Preston.

Yes, you read right. Preston, the band’s bassist in the early 1990s period prior to Houdini, will perform as Thrones during the annual No Fun Fest, a hipster-centric noise music event that happens to have an unusually un-sucky lineup this year. His set is scheduled for Friday at Music Hall Of Williamsburg, which isn’t exactly next door to Webster Hall, but isn’t all that far from it. Melvins fans know that Preston and the guys didn’t end their working relationship on particularly good terms, but if there was ever an opportunity for reconciliation then this would be it.

The full list of Melvins silver jubilee shows–which include two Seattle appearances with a reunited Green River— can be found here. No word whether or not Mark Deutrom, the bassist that actually performed on Houdini, will be at any of the dates, skulking in a dark corner or otherwise. (In fact, if any of you know Mr. Deutrom, please get him in touch with me! I’m concerned!)


[Gary Suarez has to pee. He also writes for Brainwashed and usually manages the consistently off-topic No Yoko No. Say, why don’t you follow him on Twitter?]

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