King Buzzo goes acoustic!
After a 31-year career in music with the Melvins, which has born over 30 albums of studio and live material, dozens of limited and highly limited 12-inch, 10-inch, and 7-inch records, and north of 2000 live performances why is he going acoustic now?
Because it actually makes sense.
After all, Buzz has written the vast majority of the Melvinsâ€™ songs with a fair amount of them originally written on an acoustic guitar and then simply transferred to electric. â€œI recorded most of This Machine Kills Artistswith my red white and blue Buck Owens American acoustic. Itâ€™s a great guitar and is pretty much irreplaceable so itâ€™s staying home for tours. Itâ€™s too bad really. Maybe I can paint the Chinese one I use live red white and blue! Ha!â€
This Machine Kills Artists is an authentically acoustic album with no electric guitars, amplifiers or direct boxes used during the 17-track releaseâ€™s recording. Buzzâ€™s live performance, previewed in a brief March tour, is equally raw, with the legendary singer/guitar player armed with only his guitar and his quirky-yet-captivating stories.
â€œI have no interest in sounding like a crappy version of James Taylor or a half assed version of Woody Guthrie,â€ explained Buzz. â€œWhich is what happens when almost every rock and roller straps on an acoustic guitar. No thanksâ€¦ This Machine Kills Artists is a different kind of animal.â€ This Machine Kills Artists isnâ€™t merely Melvins Lite (hey, there already is a Melvins Lite!), instead the album offers a surprising new side to the grunge progenitor, songs when offered naked further highlight what a powerful songwriter the Melvinsâ€™ front man is.
Along with the new album Buzz will be hitting the road on a giant tour that will take him all the way around the world! The tour itself will begin in the U.S. with a multi-month outing before winding itâ€™s way throughout the globe. The songs on This Machine Kills Artists were written to be performed live and thatâ€™s exactly what Buzz plans on doing.
Itâ€™s all about digging it out of the dirtâ€¦
The more you work the luckier you getâ€¦