Truth be told, it’s that same kind of influence that has allowed his band to remain culturally relevant nearly 20 years after their highest-profile champion, Kurt Cobain, left this earth; the Nirvana frontman was so enamored with the Melvins’ monstrous, sludgy riffs and don’t-give-a-shit attitude that he briefly worked as a roadie for his fellow Aberdeen, Wash.-bred punks.
Sausages opens with an appropriately menacing take on Venom’s “Warhead,” rendered in a style that’s long been the Melvins’ stock in trade: huge, Sabbath-esque guitar riffage; Osborne’s growled vocals; and drummer Dale Crover’s straightforward pounding.
Then the first curveball: a jaunty, keyboard-laden version of Queen’s “(You’re My) Best Friend,” which just might be the most approachable song the Melvins have ever recordedThe best offering on Sausages — which also includes takes on songs by Roxy Music, Throbbing Gristle, The Jam and David Bowie — comes in the form of a lacerating version of The Kinks’ “Attitude,” which could stand in for the Melvins’ reason for being: “It’s not your makeup or the way that you dress/It’s your attitude!”
MELVINS perform Wednesday, May 29 at Taft Theatre downtown. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.