Wednesday, February 9, 2011
[theaureview.com] AU: My first question is, are you looking forward to Soundwave and do you like coming down to Australia?
B: No, I hate everything about Soundwave and I hate everything about Australia.
AU: That’s good. Glad to hear someone who’s honest. Most bands just suck up.
B: No I’m kidding. I’m looking forward to it of course. I’m looking forward to coming down and playing down there and hopefully doing a headlining tour on our own maybe towards the end of the year.
AU: That would be awesome. How do you put together the set lists for your shows, considering you have over twenty studio albums and so much material to choose from?
B: Two thirds new stuff, one third old. That’s how we do it, you know and we are and always have been very heavily influenced about what we’re doing now. We’re also not afraid of our old material.
I mean as a matter of fact I still like playing those songs. That’s how we lay it out essentially. With the new guys (bassist Jared Warren and second drummer Coady Willis), we did three albums with those guys. Two thirds of our show will probably include those records, because we think they are some of our best records and we want to make sure we focus on them.
AU: So you are bringing the full Big Business infused line up down to Australia.
B: Yes we are. First time ever. I’m very exited about it.
AU: You’ve play some of your records in their entirety before. Are you planning to do anything like that on this tour?
B: No. We’re going to do a regular Melvins sets. Soundwave we get about 40, 45 minutes. With Primus we probably get something similar. It’s not really a headlining show. I don’t think it’s fair for us to go down there and just do a set of just one record.
AU: A couple of years back you did the Ipecac Geeks tour with Fantomas and Tomahawk and I’m still kicking myself I missed it because I was out of town. Is there any chance of something like that ever happening again?
B: Well I thought that was a rousing success. I felt we had a really good time on that tour. I would have happily done it again, but I’m not in charge and it never happened since. I can’t explain it.
AU: What about the Fatomas/Melvins Big Band? Any plans to bring that to Australia?
B: No plans whatsoever. Doesn’t mean it won’t happen, you know, but right now I have absolutely no reason to believe something like that will happen, but if it did happen I would be interested in it. Certainly.
AU: The Melvins are currently signed to Mike Patton’s label Ipecac how does the experience compare to when you we signed to a major label like Atlantic back in the mid-nineties?
B: Well we get a lot less money upfront on Ipecac, as you can imagine. It’s funny, I mean some people have this idea that we were somehow manipulated by a major label or told what to do. I think the records we did on the major label stand on their own and should prove to anyone that’s certainly not the case. We did the kind of records that we wanted and I thought we did very strange records on Atlantic and we had a great time doing them. In fact if we had the same contract under the exact same circumstances that we had when we were on Atlantic I would do it again absolutely.
We didn’t have a bad experience, we had a good experience there. Made three records we’re very proud of and took it form there. As far as Ipecac goes, Ipecac is a very tight knit organization that I’m very happy to be involved with for well over a decade now.
READ THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW HERE.
Posted by Dan Goldin at 8:03 PM