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May 17, 2019

Mike Patton and French Composer Jean-Claude Vannier Team for Corpse Flower Album on Sept. 13

Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mondo Cane) and renowned French composer Jean-Claude Vannier, who is perhaps best known for his work with Serge Gainsbourg, release Corpse Flower, a 12-song album featuring the song “On Top Of The World” (http://smarturl.it/CorpseFlower).

“Jean-Claude and I met while working together on a Gainsbourg retrospective at the Hollywood Bowl in 2011,” explains Patton. “We bonded immediately. I could see he had a dedication and attention to detail that was relentless so the respect I had for him in my mind was magnified in person. We spoke loosely about working together in the future… and it took some time, but after a few years I contacted him and we began to ignite some sparks.”

“I would send Mike rough versions of the songs to get his thoughts, then I’d wait impatiently, staring at the clock, until I received his response,” offers Vannier about the process the duo used to create Corpse Flower. “He made my music awaken with his unique perspective and interpretations of my songs. A formidable vocalist, with a sense of humor, Mike and I created a strong, beautiful and sincere collection of music, as well as a friendship.”

A variety of musicians, both in Los Angeles and Paris, took part in the recording of Corpse Flower with the Los Angeles team including Smokey Hormel (Beck, Johnny Cash), Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, Air, Nine Inch Nails) and James Gadson (Beck, Jamie Lidell). The Parisian players are Denys Lable, Bernard Paganotti (Magma), Daniel Ciampolini, Didier Malherbe, Léonard Le Cloarec and the Bécon Palace String Ensemble. The lyrics for “Ballad C.3.3.” are drawn from Oscar Wilde’s “The Ballad of Reading Gaol” poem, which was initially published using the name C.3.3.

Corpse Flower is available now for pre-orders (http://smarturl.it/CorpseFlower), including special embossed versions featuring Kenro Izu’s stunning cover photo. The album will be available on180gram colored vinyl, as well as a CD digipak and digitally.


Corpse Flower cover, Photo by Kenro Izu

Corpse Flower track list:

  1. Ballad C.3.3.
  2. Camion
  3. Chansons D’Amour
  4. Cold Sun, Warm Beer
  5. Browning
  6. Ghost
  7. Corpse Flower
  8. Insolubles
  9. On Top Of The World
  10. A Schoolgirl’s Day
  11. Pink and Bleue
  12. Yard Bull

Mike Patton’s resume is virtually limitless, having kicked off his musical career as a teenager in the band Mr. Bungle, joining Faith No More in 1989 and going on to create a smorgasbord of bands and solo releases including Fantômas, Tomahawk, Mondo Cane, Dead Cross, Lovage and Peeping Tom. Jean-Claude Vannier, born in Paris during World War II, The Guardian dubbed him “the sound sculptor in Serge Gainsbourg’s shadow,” referencing his extensive work with the French musician including Histoire de Melody Nelson. His career has spanned nine solo records, countless contributions to film and TV scores, and his influence has been cited by numerous musicians including Beck, Pulse, Portishead, Massive Attack, Air and Tricky.

Apr. 1, 2019

Ipecac Recordings Celebrates 20th Anniversary

LABEL FOUNDED BY MIKE PATTON & GREG WERCKMAN HAS RELEASED OVER 200 ALBUMS, INCLUDING LANDMARK LPS FROM THE MELVINS, ISIS, AND DAUGHTERS

IPC-1, that’s the catalog number of the release that started it all: Fantômas’ self-titled release. Greg Werckman, former Alternative Tentacles’ Head Honcho and Mike Patton’s manager, along with Mike Patton (Faith No More, Tomahawk) had just come off the heels of the wild ride that was Mr. Bungle’s California and were looking for a label home for two new Patton projects: a “supergroup” featuring Patton, the Melvins’ Buzz Osborne, Slayer’s Dave Lombardo and Mr. Bungle’s Trevor Dunn as well as Maldoror, a release featuring Japanese noise heavyweight Masami Akita (Merzbow) and Patton.

The pair of releases were obviously far outside of mainstream norms but, in 1999, even in more experimental circles, Fantômas and Maldoror were headscratchers. The ensuing label offers, of which Werckman says several less-than-stellar proposals were sent their way, didn’t offer the creative freedom Patton craved.

On April 1, 1999, Ipecac Recordings was officially born, headquartered out of Werckman’s San Francisco home office, the company released Fantômas’ self-titled album on April 26, 1999 and Maldoror’s She later that fall. Initially, the plan was to make this a home for Patton’s non-Faith No More/Mr. Bungle releases, but a year’s long friendship with the Melvins quickly changed that.

“At first Mike and I started Ipecac as simply an outlet for Mike’s music. We did not really consider it a ‘label’ per se but shortly after we decided to do this, the Melvins asked if we were interested in including them. That was the moment it turned into a somewhat proper label,” explains Werckman. “We quickly found out that we knew a lot of musicians that were looking for an artist friendly home. We started with very humble expectations and have been pleasantly surprised. We are grateful for our unique, loyal fanbase that have been willing to take artistic diversions with us and most of all so grateful for the artists that have been willing to join us.”

“When Greg and I started Ipecac,” adds Patton. “We both had seen and experienced examples of what we DIDN’T want to do. As an artist, I only hoped we could configure a model that was independent and sustainable… and that we could develop a contract that I would actually sign myself! Basically, a friendly artist-driven environment where every record was, in essence, ‘licensed’ with the artists having ownership of their own music. We also wanted to offer complete artistic freedom from point A to Z. Seems ridiculously straightforward and simple, right?”

“We told Greg that if they wanted to start a label then the Melvins would love to be involved,” offers Melvins’ singer/guitar player Buzz Osborne. “We asked if he would be interested in doing a trilogy of releases within one year and they said no problem. 20 years later it still works.” That year the Melvins released The Maggot, The Bootlicker and The Crybaby via Ipecac.

Over the ensuing years, Ipecac Recordings has served up over 200 albums, DVDs and singles. The label’s catalog includes 33 various pieces of the Melvins’ discography, four of heavy music’s most critically-lauded and influential albums of the past two decades via ISIS, Eagle of Death Metal’s debut album (Peace, Love, Death Metal), 23 albums from At The Drive-In’s Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, various releases from Ennio Morricone, Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age/Desert Sessions), members of the Jesus Lizard, Jim Thirlwell, Dean Ween, Napalm Death, Einar Orn, Zach Hill, Sleaford Mods, Mark Lanegan, TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe and, of course, Mike Patton’s expansive and ever growing, body of work including Tomahawk, Mondo Cane, Dead Cross and Faith No More.

As Ipecac enters yet another new decade of its existence, the label eyes the future, having recently released perhaps the finest album of 2018: Daughters’ sure-to-be masterpiece You Won’t Get What You Want, and throwing their support fully behind the blissfully heavy outfit, Spotlights, who release their second-full length with the label, Love & Decay, later this month.

Ipecac Recordings… making people sick since 1999.

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Quotes from Ipecac Recording artists:

“In my twenty or so years of being a “professional” musician, Ipecac has been my all-time favorite label to work with. Greg and Mike (and everyone else at the label), wholeheartedly embrace and encourage creativity and artistic freedom - this is no small feat in an industry that usually just strives for the production of salable (i.e. bland) product, even on the “underground" level. Not only that, they also treat their artists fairly - they’re on time, organized and transparent - again, all qualities that are in short supply these days (and maybe all preceding eras as well). It should also be noted they’ve released music by some of the most crucial, relevant, forward-thinking (and personal fave) artists of the last 20-50 years: dälek, Melvins, Merzbow, Bohren & Der Club of Gore, Eyvind Kang, Zu, Fantômas, Justin Broadrick/Kevin Martin, Ennio Morricone, Lustmord, etc. Here’s to twenty more - and thank you Ipecac, I’m deeply grateful for your support!” – Aaron Turner (ISIS, Split Cranium)

“I am so grateful to be surrounded by a musical family consisting of some of the most amazing and bizarre artists. Not only that, but I have somehow managed to get The Locust, Retox, Dead Cross, and Planet B on one of the raddest labels of my generation. Where logical thinking and practicality are not always a consideration when it comes to releasing music, we can only hope that everyone's collective efforts grow further into more innovation and obscurity. Viva Ipecac!” - Justin Pearson (The Locust, Retox, Dead Cross, Planet B)

“Ipecac has been home for me since 2002. Mike and Greg have never put any restrictions on us or our music. They have allowed us to be us and gave us the space and support to grow into the musicians we are today. Being on the same label as, and touring with the Melvins, Tomahawk, Fantomas, Isis, (and so many other incredible musicians) taught us what it is to be a touring musician and uncompromising artist. I am forever grateful for all Ipecac, Mike Patton, Greg Werckman, and the entire staff through the years has done for us. I am more than honored to be an Ipecac Recording artist, a member of their Board of Directors, and Godfather to 6 of Mike Patton’s 7 children. (6 out of 7 ain’t bad) When Patton bailed the Oktopus out of jail.... that’s more than a label b... that’s family. Congratulations on 20 years familia! Here’s to many many more! Salud!” - dälek

“Ipecac Recordings is a constant support for all of my projects and I can’t not slap myself in the face enough because since I can remember have I been a fan of theirs and the inspiring art and music that they put out.” - Teri Gender Bender (Le Butcherettes)

“It’s always been difficult for a label to figure out what the hell to do with me. I don’t do just one thing, I do everything, that’s no exaggeration. If anyone could understand and appreciate that approach it would be Mike Patton who has been “in every band on the planet” and maybe a few from Jupiter. Ipecac doesn’t have a formulaic, cookie cutter approach to releasing their artists material. It’s not a ’one size fits all’ marketing strategy like most labels try to get away with. They really take their time to figure out clever ways to give each artist their stamp of individuality. They basically let you do whatever the fuck you want, granted they like what you are doing. And they ALWAYS ask what your ideas are before offering their own. And they are genuinely friendly fucking people. I don’t get that post ‘label phone call’ slimy feeling of disgust or regret after I talk with them. They are adults, experienced and they are from an era when human beings were still born with souls. I feel an honest sense of ease knowing I can trust this label. And of course, we have history having worked on the Black and White Album, being familiar with them and having worked together in the past helps a lot.” - Imani Coppola

“I have been a part of Ipecac Recordings since the release of their first album. (1999 / Fantômas / Amenaza Al Mundo) When I first started working with Mike and Greg I was gifted not only great friends, but with complete creative encouragement. No labels or limits. Challenging boundaries and making people uncomfortable has been the majority of my life’s work. At Ipecac I was embraced for my intense, often odd, musical taste and encouraged to keep freely expressing myself through any style. I am very proud to be apart of the Ipecac family and hope to continue "making people sick" for many years to come. Mike and Greg, Congratulations on 20 years of insanity and thank you for creating an artistic space where individuality rules and mainstream has been 86’d.” - Dave Lombardo (Dead Cross / Philm / Fantômas)

“Ipecac was initially created as a sort of haven for misfits, specifically Fantômas, at the time. The label continues to be a grassroots family whose business model is transparent. To be able to directly call and chat with the owners of the label about possible releases, licensing, distribution, etc is refreshing. And there are no inflated hopes about hit-making. It’s a very realistic place to launch one’s creativity." Trevor Dunn (Fantômas / Tomahawk / Madlove / Melvins Lite / Qui / Trio Convulsant)

“We love being a part of the ipecac family. Having the privilege of being associated with the iconic label itself has helped us find like minded music lovers in all corners of the world. They’re all pretty weird people too. Believe me.” - Stu Brooks (Dub Trio)

“I speak as a designer, but one thing I have learnt is that you get included in the Ipecac family, you really support each other. I must tell a story about my own entrance into the "family" as a young designer. One thing I never dared to tell Mike or Greg back in 2000 (when I was asked to do sketches for Fantômas “The Director’s Cut”), was that I had only made like one or two CD covers, for friends' bands. That they believed in me (an obviously an inexperienced designer), and let me have the opportunity was unreal. Although the Internet had existed for many years, it was strange to communicate only by email. It is also unreal that this is almost 20 years ago. I have many times thought after countless hours, that the fans should know how much time and effort we put into designing these covers. I want to thank Ipecac for all the fun projects and wish Mike, Greg (and all the others who have worked at Ipecac over the years) a wonderful anniversary! Skål!” - Martin Kvamme - Album cover artist

“Twenty years in and still making people sick and blowing minds! Given that we - the Ipecac staff and artists are just a bunch of hopeless record-collecting jerks, it kicks ass that Ipecac is still here. I’m so very proud and so grateful for being a part of the family.” - John Kaada

“It’s hard to imagine a label more diverse and challenging than Ipecac. From the start they’ve been uncompromising and unaffected by trends. It’s not easy running a label-you have to say "no" on occasion. I’m fortunate to have had a long running relationship with them. Long may they reign.” - Duane Denison (Tomahawk / The Unsemble)

“Ipecac has never ceased to be a pillar of innovative, incredible, powerful , and just downright fucking weird records. I wouldn’t want a label any other way. They take chances. That’s what good art does. It takes chances. Thank you for everything you’ve helped other artist birth into the world.” - Michael Crain (Dead Cross / Retox)

“Being part of the Ipecac family has been one of the highlights of our career. We’ve grown up following and looking up to their bands, as well as their ethics as a label. It’s surreal to us every time we flip over one of our albums and see that logo! Aside from being huge fans of theirs, it’s an honor to work with people that respect music as an art form. I can’t think of another label out there who really does favor the artist’s interests, and operates in such a transparent way. No bullshit. That should be their alternate slogan. We love Ipecac, here’s to another 20!” - Mario Quintero (Spotlights)

“Zu is a weird animal. It’s always been difficult to fit into a festival program or into an agency roster without feeling like fish out of the water. When we first met Mike back in the days in early 2000 and he talked about his new label we thought that it would have been a nice bowl to swim in…but we weren’t ready. In 2009, 1000 concerts and 6 records later we made our first release with Ipecac Recordings and we felt we finally found the right place, surrounded by other weird animals! Happy birthday Ipecac Recordings! Thanks for everything!” - Jacopo Battaglia (Zu)

“I will always be grateful for our time on Ipecac. For me, it was a dream come true. Having grown up in the nineties on a steady diet of freaky underground rock, getting to join such a prestigious roster was and is an enormous point of pride. While our tenure was brief, we had a wonderful time working with Greg, Mike, Shawn and Monica. Congratulations! Here’s to another 20 years!” - Matt Cronk (Qui)

Sep. 27, 2018

SPOTLIGHTS premiere new song “Kiss The Ring (featuring Allen Epley of The Life and Times)” on Kerrang!

Spotlights and The Life And Times have teamed up on a new track “Kiss The Ring” ahead of their co-headline tour together in October. Kerrang is premiering the track now, so check it out at www.kerrang.com and then buy it on the Ipecac Bandcamp store (https://spotlights.bandcamp.com/track/). Kerrang also recently premiered Spotlights full set from their show with Pallbearer at Brooklyn, NY’s Saint Vitus. You can check out the stream of the entire show here (https://www.facebook.com/kerrangmagazine/videos/237089036975589/) and read more about them here (https://www.kerrang.com/features/spotlights-are-the-dreamy-heavy-tidal-wave-crashing-into-your-life-this-week/)

Spotlights and The Life And Times on tour
10.17 CHICAGO IL – The Empty Bottle
10.18 LEXINGTON KY – Cosmic Charlie’s
10.19 DETROIT MI – Small’s
10.20 TORONTO ON – Hard Luck Bar
10.21 PITTSBURGH PA – Cattivo
10.22 WASHINGTON DC – DC9 Nightclub
10.23 PHILADELPHIA PA – Boot and Saddle
10.24 BOSTON MA – Sonia
10.25 BROOKLYN NY – Saint Vitus

July 13, 2018

Daughters Sign to Ipecac Recordings

Daughters, “the art-grind-turned-noise-rock mavens” (Decibel), have signed with Ipecac Recordings, sharing new song “Satan in the Wait” (http://smarturl.it/SatanInTheWait) from an as-of-yet unannounced, but planned, 2018 release.

Coyly commenting, vocalist Alexis Marshall said, "Pleased to bring all you lovely people: ‘Satan in the Wait.’ The first new Daughters song in just more than eight years is an indication, of sorts…”

Along with news of the band’s signing to Ipecac and the release of their first new song since 2010’s self-titled album, Daughters have announced a five-date trek for the fall, with stops in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver and Chicago. Tickets for the shows are on sale now.

“As longtime fans of many of the albums Ipecac has released, we are proud to be a part of their roster,” says guitar player Nick Sadler. “We are looking forward to getting back on road and playing new songs.”

“You don't often get a chance to work with bands that you are already fans of,” added Ipecac Recordings Co-Founder Greg Werckman. “We are thrilled to have Daughters join the Ipecac family. A perfect fit and I guarantee the wait was worth it!”

Daughters tour dates:
November 4 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus
November 9 Los Angeles, CA The Echo
November 10 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
November 15 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge
November 17 Chicago, IL Beat Kitchen

May 15, 2018

Mike Patton’s 1922 Score Available July 20

PATTON DISCUSSES THE EXPANDED SCORE TO THE STEPHEN KING/NETFLIX FILM, SHARES “SWEETHEART BANDITS 2 ‘WE ALL GET CAUGHT’” VIA THE MODERN SCHOOL OF FILM’S MURMUR RADIO PODCAST: http://www.murmurradio.com/archive/2018/5/13/murmur-83-mike-patton-forever-22

Mike Patton’s (Faith No More, Dead Cross) expanded score to the Stephen King sourced Netflix film, 1922, sees a July 20 release via Ipecac Recordings. It is available for pre-orders, with the collection available digitally and physically on both CD and hardwood colored vinyl, via this link: http://smarturl.it/Patton1922. Pre-orders receive an instant download of “Sweetheart Bandits 2 ‘We All Get Caught.’”

The release serves as Patton’s scoring follow-up to his critically-acclaimed composition to The Place Beyond The Pines, a musical outing that Pitchfork said served as “the glue uniting the film’s three disparate sections and many different tones” and Movie Music UK said Patton offered an “intelligent way of arranging his collages of sounds into fascinating musical effects.”

1922 is based on Stephen King’s 131-page story, telling of a man’s confession of his wife’s murder. The tale is told from the perspective of Wilfred James, the story’s unreliable narrator who admits to killing his wife, Arlette, with his son in Nebraska. But after he buries her body, he finds himself terrorized by rats and, as his life begins to unravel, becomes convinced his wife is haunting him.

May 2, 2018

Dead Cross Release Surprise Self-titled EP, “My Perfect Prisoner” Video Debuts

Dead Cross, the SoCal hardcore outfit featuring Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, Misfits), Mike Patton (Faith No More, Tomahawk), Justin Pearson (The Locust, Retox) and Michael Crain (Retox, Festival of Dead Deer), have released a self-titled, four-track EP via Ipecac Recordings.

News of the EP arrives as the band premieres a video for “My Perfect Prisoner”. The clip was produced by Eric Livingston who also created the cover art for both the band’s full-length debut and this EP.

Dead Cross EP track list:

  1. Skin of a Redneck
  2. My Perfect Prisoner
  3. Shillelagh (Panicker Remix)
  4. Church of the Motherfuckers (Planet B Remix)

Dead Cross, which is also the title of the band’s 2017 full-length debut, is available digitally, with a limited 10-inch black/green swirl vinyl version set for a 29th June release date. Pre-orders are available now: http://smarturl.it/DCep

Dead Cross are bringing their frenetic blitz of thrashing hardcore fury to stages across Europe starting on June 2nd, appearing at major festivals including Primavera Sound (ES), Hellfest (FR), Download (UK & FR), Grasspop (BE), DOUR (BE) and Tuksa (FI), as well as headline club shows across the mainland.

DEAD CROSS TOUR DATES 2018

May 2 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
May 4 - Mexico City, Mexico @ Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
June 2 - Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Sound
June 3 - Nimes, France @ This Is Not A Love Song Festival
June 5 - Bologna, Italy @ Estragon
June 6 - Milan, Italy @ Alcatraz
June 7 - Interlaken, Switzerland @ Greenfield Festival
June 10 - Donington, UK @ Download
June 12 - Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg @ Rockhal
June 13 - Munich, Germany @ Backstage Werk
June 14 - Nickelsdorf, Austria @ Novarock
June 16 - Cologne, Germany @ Gloria Theater
June 17 - Paris, France @ Download Paris
June 19 - Lausanne, Switzerland @ Les Docks
June 20 - Cognac, France @ Les Abattoirs
June 22 - Vitoria, Spain @ Azkena Rock Festival
June 23 - Clisson, France @ Hellfest
June 24 - Dessel, Belgium @ Graspop
June 26 - Eindhoven, Netherlands @ Effenaar
June 27 - Hamburg, Germany @ Markthalle
June 29 - Helsinki, Finalnd @ Tuska Metal Festival
July 3 - Berlin, Germany @ SO 36
July 4 - Gydnia, Poland @ Open’er Festival
July 6 - Roskilde, Denmark @ Roskilde
July 8 - Belfort, France @ Eurokeenes Festival
July 10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg
July 12 - Dour, Belgium @ Dour Festival

Tickets are available now: https://www.facebook.com/deadcrossofficial/app/123966167614127/

Apr. 25, 2018

Spotlights announce new Remix EP, Hanging By Faith, in stores June 15th + video for “The Hanging”

Spotlights - Hanging By Faith

Spotlights, the Brooklyn-based trio who released their Ipecac debut, Seismic, late last year, return with Hanging By Faith, a five-song EP featuring remixes from Void Manes and ISIS/Palms’ Aaron Harris.

The “The Hanging (Hang Us All) Kris Dirksen Remix” video, directed NY-based photographer A.F. Cortes, can be seen here: http://smarturl.it/HangingByFaith.

Pre-orders for the EP, which is available digitally and on limited edition white vinyl, are available at the same link and include an instant download of “The Hanging (Hang Us All) Kris Dirksen Remix.” The fifth song on the album, “Faith,” is a cover of The Cure classic.

"We liked the idea of changing the song titles because, while these remixes really harness the core intention of the original songs, they all took on a completely new life, and totally stand on their own, as new compositions,” explained Mario Quintero. “The new titles were chosen by the people doing the remixes too, which we feel gives the songs even more of a personal touch.”

Hanging By Faith EP tracklist:

  1. The Hanging (Hang Us All) Kris Dirksen Remix
  2. Till Darkness Comes (Ghost of a Glowing Forest) Mario Quintero Remix
  3. Sudden Violent Movement (Seismic) Aaron Harris Remix
  4. Ice Giant (The Size of The Planet) Void Manes Remix
  5. Faith

Spotlights are undergoing a 15-date European tour now, including their debut Roadburn performance. The band plays a hometown, record release show at Brooklyn’s St. Vitus on June 30th. Toby Driver (Kayo Dot) and Somnuri open.

Tour Dates

April 20 - Munster, Germany @ Gleis22
April 21 - Liège, Belgium @ Kultura/Insert Name Festival #4
April 22 - Tilburg, The Netherlands @ Roadburn Festival
April 24 - Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow
April 25 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ KB18
April 26 - Dresden, Germany @ Katy’s Garage
April 28 - Graz, Austria @ PPC
April 29 - Wien, Austria @ Arena
April 30 - Cadca, Slovakia @ Acafe
May 1 - Budapest, Hungary @ Robot
May 2 - Cluj-Napoca, Romania @ Form Space
May 3 - Timisoara, Romania @ Reflector
May 4 - Zagreb, Croatia @ Klub Mochvara
May 5 - Luzern, Switzerland @ Neubad-Keller
May 8 - Bern, Switzerland @ Rossli
June 30 - Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus Bar

Apr. 25, 2018

The Melvins Debut New Video, Release New Album, & Embark on a 10-week North American Tour

The Melvins debut “Don’t Forget To Breathe” video + release new album Pinkus Abortion Technician
10-week North American Tour Begins April 26th

Melvins - Pinkus Abortion Technician

“Don’t Forget To Breathe video” video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E33KoJYM7Rk
Buy or stream here: http://smarturl.it/MelvinsPinkus

“We’re very excited to have a video for our song ‘Don’t Forget To Breathe,” directed by the hyper-talented Ava Hazelmyer. Hopefully, there will be more collaborations with her in the future,” said Buzz Osborne. “We can’t wait for people to hear Pinkus Abortion Technician AND for them to see both of these killer bassists on our upcoming tours!”

“I like to make scenes devoid of context or overt meaning, explained Hazelmyer (www.avahazelmyer.com). “I like taking everyday things and dropping them into an absurd setting. I like the idea of something being experienced without any preconceived notions or connections.”

The eight-song album is the band’s first to feature two bass tracks on every song, with the bass players being Steve McDonald (Redd Kross, OFF!) and Jeff Pinkus (Butthole Surfers). The Melvins previously shared the songs “Stop Moving To Florida” (https://youtu.be/zqj1c_DrYBY) and “Embrace The Rub” (https://youtu.be/cnbeRJGygtg) from the forthcoming release.

The outfit embarks on a 10-week North American tour on April 26. The trek will feature the Melvins as a four-piece with both Pinkus and McDonald joining Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover.

Tour Dates

April 26 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah
April 27 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
April 29 - Dallas, TX @ Tree’s
April 30 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk
May 1 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
May 3 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
May 4 - Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
May 5 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
May 6 - Charlotte, NC @ Visulite Theater
May 7 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
May 9 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
May 10 - Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
May 11 - Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
May 12 - Hamden, CT @ Space Ballroom
May 13 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
May 14 - Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
May 16 - Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground
May 18 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
May 19 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
May 20 - Louisville, KY @ Headliner’s Music Hall
May 22 - Nashville, TN @ 3rd & Lindsley
May 23 - Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone
May 24 - St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
May 25 - Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
May 26 - Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
May 27 - Norman, OK @ Opolis
May 29 - Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
May 30 - Flagstaff, AZ @ The Green Room
May 31 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
July 12 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
July 13 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
July 14 - Fresno, CA @ Strummer’s
July 16 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
July 17 - Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver
July 19 - Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
July 20 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
July 21 - Vancouver, BC @ Venue Nightclub
July 24 - Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
July 25 - Calgary, AB @ Marquee Room
July 27 - Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret
July 28 - Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium (Dempsey’s Upstairs)
July 29 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
July 30 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
July 31 - Chicago, IL @ Park West
August 2 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme
August 3 - Detroit, MI @ El Club
August 4 - Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar
August 5 - Indianapolis, IN T@ he Vogue Theatre
August 6 - Rock Island, IL @ Rock Island Brewing Company
August 7 - Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
August 8 - Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
August 10 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
August 11 - Ft. Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
August 13 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
August 14 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Bunkhouse Saloon
August 16 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo

Apr. 25, 2018

Mike Patton is bringing Mondo Cane to South America!

Mondo Cane coming to Argentina and Chile

Mike Patton is doing two special Mondo Cane shows in South America this Fall. Check out the dates below, tickets on sale April 26th at Noon local time

Buenos Aires, Argentina – September 6, 2018 - Teatro Gran Rex
Santiago, Chile – September 8, 2018 - Coliseo Santiago

May 5, 2017

Dead Cross Release Self-titled Debut on August 4th

Dead Cross
Dead Cross, the SoCal band featuring Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, Misfits), Mike Patton (Faith No More, Tomahawk), Justin Pearson (The Locust, Retox) and Michael Crain (Retox, Festival of Dead Deer) release their self-titled debut album on Aug. 4 via Ipecac Recordings.

LISTEN TO THE NEW TRACK 'GRAVE SLAVE': https://deadcross.bandcamp.com

“'Grave Slave' is S&M for your ears,” says Lombardo. “Patton’s vocal range and intensity are on full blast throughout this entire album. This song is a two-minute example of what it's like to travel through the depths of his brain while JP, Crain and myself commandeer the vehicle. It's jarring, aggressive and unsettling. We're coming at you hardcore, but leaving you with a kiss.”

“As the song states, we can blow out the candles on the urinal cake,’” adds Pearson. “A track like this only makes complete sense in this climate... absurdity, pigs, neo-fascist authoritarianism... the American dream is alive and well. Well, when the suits and white hoods screw the planet, you get this slab.”

The band plays Riot Fest (Chicago) with more tour dates to be announced soon.

Dead Cross track list:

  1. Seizure and Desist
  2. Idiopathic
  3. Obedience School
  4. Shillelagh
  5. Bela Lugosi’s Dead
  6. Divine Filth
  7. Grave Slave
  8. The Future Has Been Cancelled
  9. Gag Reflex
  10. Church of the Motherfuckers