Everybody Loves Sausages

One of the keys to the Melvins’ longevity has been the band’s penchant for reinvention. While singer/guitarist Buzz Osborne and drummer Dale Crover have always been the band’s core nuclei, they’ve cycled through an endless parade of bassists, expanded the band to include their sludge noise apprentices in Big Business and even reshaped their catalog around an acoustic stand-up bass for Melvins Lite.

Given the band’s knack for messing with convention, the idea of a Melvins covers record never seemed beyond possibility. That probably explains why their first stab, Everyone Loves Sausages, works so well. Over the course of 13 tracks, the record finds the muck rock heroes genre hopping across numerous styles from classic rock and new wave (The Kinks, Roxy Music) to others more in the band’s warped ballpark (Throbbing Gristle, Venom). But despite its sonic reach, the end result feels cohesive when brought under the band’s umbrella of dense guitars and thunderous drums.

Most of the record finds the band shapeshifting songs into its own loud, tar-thick musical concoctions, but the real fun comes when the band steps outside the box, as it does on its surprisingly faithful take on Queen’s “Best Friend.” The band also gets some help from a few old friends throughout the record, including Mudhoney’s Mark Arm and punk rock mouthpiece Jello Biafra among others, which further adds to the record’s playful nature. (Ryan Bray)

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