The Melvins are set to release their most ambitious project yet: Five Legged Dog (pre-order: http://lnk.to/MelvinsFLD), a 36-song newly recorded, acoustic collection featuring a career-spanning collection of songs, tomorrow via Ipecac Recordings.
The trio have released a sampling of tracks from the 4LP/2CD release, most recently previewing the offering with a cover of The Rolling Stones’ classic, “Sway” (https://youtu.be/H5GQX2Ovuko). Previously unveiled songs from the collection include “Revolve” (https://youtu.be/OGX4hTAdm_o), “Pitfalls in Serving Warrants” (https://youtu.be/2b1-DyAG18U), and “Night Goat” (https://youtu.be/v61lPiqCr-w).
“I knew I wanted to do something ridiculously big,” explains Buzz Osborne of the band’s first ever acoustic offering. ”36 songs reimagined by us acoustically is certainly ridiculous but it works. The magic of the songs is still there regardless of it being acoustic. Since we weren’t touring we had the time to do something of this size. I’m very excited about this record. Dale and Steven did a fantastic job on this. I think it’s a very special record. I can’t think of anyone else who’s done something like this.”
Dale Crover added: “I think people will be surprised that we can do an acoustic version of a song like ‘Night Goat’ without losing any of the heaviness. We also worked hard on the vocal arrangements. People are going to freak out!”
Five Legged Dog also features acoustic versions of several rarities from the influential band’s overflowing discography including a cover of Redd Kross’ “Charlie” (from the limited-edition “Escape From LA” single), “Outside Chance,” a Turtles’ cover from the “Slithering Slaughter” single and new interpretations of Brainiac’s “Flypaper,” and Fred Neil’s “Everybody’s Talking” (popularized by Harry Nilsson).
The Melvins also recently announced their return to the road, joining Ministry for their upcoming “Industrial Strength Tour,” which kicks off on March 6 at Baltimore Soundstage.