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It’s not the thunderous twin-drummer assault that the MELVINS have been bringing for the past few years, but MELVINS LITE (Guitarist Buzz Osborne, Drummer Dale Crover, Bassist Trevor Dunn) ‘s FREAK PUKE is still an ample slice of noise from a band who, regardless of configuration, still bring the rock.

In many ways, FREAK PUKE brings carrys a “jam room” sense of space, raw and lo-fi as if you’re in the room with the band. The album kick-off, however, seems to bear a huge influence of FANTOMAS – the experimental, Mike Patton-fronted crew that both Osborne and Dunn have served time. Brooding and spooky with a slow-build into schizophrenia, the first two songs soon give way to the groovalistic and appropriately-titled, “Baby, Won’t You Weird Me Out.”

By the end of the 42-minute set, you might be wondering what just happened amongst some noise, some grooves, and a PAUL McCARTNEY/WINGS cover, but the ride was so compelling, you’ll likely get right back on and spin it again.

If you like the MELVINS.

The Rock Father Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars 

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