8 Modern Bands That Influence the Melvins

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For thirty years, weirdo-metalers Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover of the Melvins have been laying the groundwork for other bands and influencing countless musicians. Kurt Cobain, an early follower of the band, used Crover on the first Nirvana recordings. Mastodon root their songs in the sludge-metal tone invented by the long running band, and even cover the Melvins’ jam, “The Bit” live. High on Fire, who follow in the Melvins tradition of thick, powerful riffs, recorded a cover of the Melvins track “Oven.” Japanese sludge experimentalists Boris even named themselves after one of the Melvins heaviest drones. Fucked Up’s Damian Abraham said “the Melvins were just a huge inspiration to us in the beginning” and name checked the band in the liner notes of David Comes to Life. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. But, the Melvins are constantly evolving, so the inspiration is not a one-way street. Hive recently asked Osborne and Crover to name eight newer bands that are influencing them.

1. Weedeater

“These Hillbillies from North Carolina have their own brand of stoner rock, leaning more towards Flipper than Sabbath. When they play live, the drummer sets up sideways so he can do kicks and the bass player sips Tussin between vocal howls. We just played with them at the Maryland Death Fest and they absolutely destroyed!”

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