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Melvins revisit their first 7″ from 1986; »The Devil You Knew, The Devil You Know« out now via Amphetamine Reptile Records!

Melvins 40th anniversary see’s them revisiting their first 7″ from 1986. »The Devil You Knew, The Devil You Know« is the resulting LP with the concept placing the original material on the flip of the 2023 re-recordings. Steven McDonald (Redd Kross, OFF!) helmed the bass duties on these new recordings.

»The Devil You Knew, The Devil You Know« was released on April 9th, 2023 via Amphetamine Reptile Records.

01. Easy As It Was
02. Now A Limo
03. Grinding Process
04. At A Crawl
05. Disinvite
06. Snake Appeal
07. Easy As It Was
08. Now A Limo
09. Grinding Process
10. At A Crawl
11. Disinvite
12. Snake Appeal

Tracks 1-6: recorded in 2023
Tracks 7-12: recorded in 1986

Courtesy of Amphetamine Reptile Records:

Amphetamine Reptile Records has announced a new/old Melvins release! »The Devil You Knew, The Devil You Know« is the bands first 7″ plus a re-recording of it to commemorate their 40th anniversary! The CD is available now via Shoxop with the vinyl soon to follow.

More details from HAZE XXL: “So this year is the Fortieth Anniversary (1983-2023) of the Melvins. We’ve got a bunch of really cool weird assed releases planned for the year in celebration, but this one might be my favorite as for me it’s pretty much perfect. I swear. The Melvins first single DESTROYED when it came out. It was far meaner, more seething, structurally insane and pushed underground boundaries further than any of their Seattle peers of the era. I ain’t arguing with anyone on this point as I was there at the time. I personally remember it as a game changer and it seriously altered how I was personally approaching music at the time. So I asked Buzz about doing a re-issue of that material as part of this years commemorative releases. He didn’t skip a beat and said “Yeah, and we’ll re-record that material too”. Genius. So the 12” is the songs from the 80’s and the flip-side is the same songs circa NOW. It’s a perfect reflection of the then/now of the band. Glorious. For me there’s times as an artist or musician when you KNOW you nailed it, and I gotta say I was pretty jazzed with art results hitting it square in the nuts for this, a high bar, as excited as I am about this release. It’s kinda the perfect culmination of our working relationship that has spanned damn near the full 40 years these creeps have been at it. Yeah yeah it’s rooted in nostalgia neither the band or I usually have a lot of time for, but also showing the creative vitality us dinosaurs can still muster as we continue to indelicately stomp around.”

Here’s a new one for you. It’s also an old one. More on that in a minute. The Melvins have their 40th anniversary this year & we’ve got quite a few projects in the pipeline to celebrate & the first one is ready to go.

So here’s the deal. 1 Album with 2 versions of the same songs. One half of it is the tracks from the sessions recorded in 1986 for the Melvins first 7″ EP record. The other half is those same songs re-recorded in 2023, this time with Steven McDonald on bass.

Cheapy CD for just 5 bucks. Cover art by HAZE XXL.

Melvins with Mr. Bungle & Spotlights:
05/10 Pomona, CA – Fox Theater
05/11 Los Angeles, CA – Palladium
05/13 Las Vegas, NV – Sick New World Festival (no Spotlights)
05/15 Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
05/16 Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom
05/17 Salt Lake City, UT – Union Event Center
05/19 Seattle, WA – Showbox
05/20 Seattle, WA – Showbox
05/21 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
05/23 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
05/24 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater

Melvins UK/EU Tour:
05/30 Bristol, UK – The Exchange
06/01 Glasgow, UK – The Garage
06/02 Newcastle, UK – Boiler Shop
06/03 Leeds, UK – Stylus
06/04 Manchester, UK – Gorilla
06/05 Birmingham, UK – O2 Institute 2
06/06 London, UK – Electric Ballroom
06/08 Paris, FRA – Le Trabendo
06/09 Cologne, GER – Freak Valley Festival
06/10 Hamburg, GER – Knust
06/11 Berlin, GER – Hole 44
06/12 Prague, CZE – Lucerna Music Bar
06/13 Vienna, AUT – Arena
06/14 Zagreb, CRO – The Culture Factory
06/17 Vitoria-Gasteiz, SPA – Azkena
06/18 Clisson, FRA – Hellfest
06/20 Geneva, SWI – PTR
06/21 Zurich, SWI – Rote Fabrik Clubraum
06/22 Strasbourg, FRA – La Laiterie
06/24 Leffinge, BEL – De Zwerver
06/25 Antwerp, BEL – Trix
06/26 Amsterdam, NET – Paradiso Main Hall
06/27 Nijmegen, NET – Doornroosj
06/29 Brighton, UK – Chalk
07/03 Athens, GRE – Technopolis
07/05-06 Tel Aviv, ISR – Barby

Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well

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