Melvins Cover Beatles and James Gang on New Album, 'Pinkus Abortion Technician'

The Melvins‘ have announced a new album, Pinkus Abortion Technician, which will include Beatles and James Gang covers. The album also feature two bass players. Steven McDonald and the Butthole Surfers’ Jeff Pinkus will both play on the LP, which references the Surfers’ classic 1987 album Locust Abortion Technician and is due April 20. The Melvins will then launch a 10-week North American tour.

You can see the full track listing for the album and tour dates below.

The eight-track LP follows 2017’s A Walk With Love and Death, and includes covers of the Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” the Butthole Surfers’ “Graveyard” and “Stop Moving to Florida,” a medley of the Surfers’ “Stop” and the James Gang’s “Moving to Florida.”

You can hear the original versions of both medley songs below.

“It’s an experiment in the low end of the aural spectrum where we asked ourselves, Would it work? Could it work?? Should it work???” drummer Dale Crover said in a press release about the use of two bassists. “The answers were yes, yes and YES!”

“We’ve never had two bass players. We’ve had two drummers and two guitar players, so it makes total sense to now have two bass players,” frontman Buzz Osborne added. “We’ll be taking this two-prong bass attack on the road as well, which should prove to be interesting.”  The Melvins’ (A) Senile Animal, Nude With Boots and The Bride Screamed Murder were all recorded with two drummers, and the Melvins’ lineup from 1993-98, and again from 2000-01, included  the addition of Mark Deutrom on guitar.

Pinkus Abortion Technician is a radically great record and was a stone groove to record,” Osborne said. “We drank a lot of coffee and enjoyed each other’s company. I like Steven and Jeff a great deal. I admire their bass playing and singing, and both of them can grill a mean steak.” The Melvins will kick off their tour on April 26 at the Casbah in San Diego. The tour, like the record, will include both bassists.

The Melvins, ‘Pinkus Abortion Technician’ Track Listing

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

The Melvins North American Tour

April 26 – San Diego, Calif. – Casbah

April 29 – Dallas, Texas – Tree’s

April 30 – Austin, Texas – Mohawk

May 1 – Houston, Texas – White Oak Music Hall

May 3 – Baton Rouge, La. – Spanish Moon

May 4 – Birmingham, Ala. – Zydeco

May 6 – Charlottee, N.C. – Visulite Theater

May 7 – Carrboro, N.C. – Cat’s Cradle

May 9 – Baltimore, Md. – Ottobar

May 10 – Philadelphia, Pa. – Underground Arts

May 11 – Brooklyn, N.Y. – Warsaw

May 12 – Hamden, Conn. – Space Ballroom

May 13 – Boston, Mass. – Paradise Rock Club

May 14 – Montreal, Q.C. – Corona Theatre

May 18 – Cleveland, Ohio – Grog Shop

May 19 – Pittsburgh, Penn. – Rex Theater

May 20 – Louisville, Ky. – Headliner’s Music Hall

May 22 – Nashville, Tenn. – 3rd & Lindsley

May 23 – Memphis, Tenn. – Hi-Tone

May 24 – St. Louis, Mo. – The Ready Room

May 25 – Kansas City, Mo. – Record Bar

May 31 – Phoenix, Ariz. – Crescent Ballroom

July 12 – Santa Ana, Calif. – The Observatory

July 13 – Los Angeles, Calif. – Troubadour

July 14 – Fresno, Calif. – Strummer’s

July 16 – San Francisco, Calif. – Great American Music Hall

July 17 – Sacramento, Calif. – Holy Diver

July 19 – Seattle, Wash. – Neumo’s

July 20 – Portland, Ore. – Wonder Ballroom

July 21 – Vancouver, B.C. – Venue Nightclub

July 24 – Edmonton, AB – Union Hall

July 25 – Calgary, AB – Marquee Room

July 27 – Winnipeg, MB – Pyramid Cabaret

July 28 – Fargo, N.D. – The Aquarium (Dempsey’s Upstairs)

July 29 – Minneapolis, Minn. – First Avenue

July 30 – Madison, Wis. – High Noon Saloon

July 31 – Chicago, Ill. – Park West

Aug. 2 – Grand Rapids, Mich. – The Pyramid Scheme

Aug. 3 – Detroit, Mich. – El Club

Aug. 4 – Columbus, Ohio – A&R Music Bar

Aug. 5 – Indianapolis, Ind. – The Vogue Theatre

Aug. 6 – Rock Island, Ill. – Rock Island Brewing Company

Aug. 7 – Des Moines, Iowa – Wooly’s

Aug. 8 – Omaha, Neb. – The Waiting Room

Aug. 10 – Englewood, Colo. – Gothic Theatre

Aug. 11 – Ft. Collins, Colo. – Aggie Theatre

Aug. 13 – Salt Lake City, Utah – Urban Lounge

Aug. 14 – Las Vegas, Nev. – The Bunkhouse Saloon

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