SUPER FAB GUEST DJ ALERT!
Redd Kross and members of Melvins are coming to chat with DJ Esoterica (including a special live segment from the PRB stacks with Don’t Back the Front’s Dana K and the bands) Sat., Oct. 12 from 1-2 p.m. Eastern. Tune in to WPRB 103.3 or stream at www.wprb.com.
Join us as Esoterica tries on her James Lipton hat and chats with the bands, maybe even asking the epic question, “Is it Angel or The Damned Jeff and Steven McDonald chose (well, really Steve) to see when they could only pick one show (pressure!), why Redd Kross loves the Blake Edward’s film, The Party, and why The Treasure of the Sierra Madre figures prominently in Buzz’s consciousness. Film meets Rock meets vinyl spinning deliciousness.
Both bands are legendary: Melvins’ inception was in 1983, with the band taking their name from a guy who Buzz worked with at a Montesano, WA Thriftway. (the) Melvins’ last album from 2018, Pinkus Abortion Technician, has a hilarity and characteristic musical precision highlighted in songs like “Stop Moving to Florida” (a twisted fusion of the James Gang 1969 song, “Stop” and the Butthole Surfers’ “Moving to Florida”, from the Buttholes’ 1985 Cream Corn from the Socket of Davis EP), which includes the crazy line “I’m gonna potty train the chairman Mao”. On that album, both Jeff Pinkus and Steven McDonald on bass.
The McDonald brothers grew up in Hawthorne, CA (same town the Beach Boys hailed from), where they got their start at ages 14 and 11, getting their first gig at a classmate’s 13th birthday party. They also reached out to Black Flag through the Hermosa Beach address on the back of their Nervous Breakdown ep and got to play for them at an old church where Greg Ginn would start the SST label. The older punk dudes admired these young upstarts and their fuel-injected long-haired punk rock. 40 years and counting, Redd Kross just came out Beyond the Door, a pop-inflected power groove ending with a spirited cover of Sparks’ “When do I Get to Sing ‘My Way’”.
Melvins and Redd Kross are currently on tour together, with Steven and Dale Crover doing double duty for each band, on bass and drums, respectively. Esoterica and the bands are sure to discuss the tour and much more. Get your tix for their Stone Pony (Oct. 11) and Underground Arts shows (Oct. 12) which are guaranteed to sell out. They are playing both shows with Toshi Kasai opening.
Make sure to tune in Saturday! 1-2 p.m. Eastern WPRB 103.3 fm www.wprb.com
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