The Melvins announce newly recorded, career spanning acoustic collection, Five Legged Dog, out on October 15th via Ipecac Recordings
The Melvins announce their most ambitious project yet, Five Legged Dog, a 36-song newly recorded, acoustic record featuring a career-spanning collection of songs – from 1987’s Gluey Porch Treatments to 2017’s A Walk With Love & Death, the entire gamut of the legendary band’s catalogue is represented. “I knew I wanted to do something ridiculously big,” explains Buzz Osborne of the band’s first ever acoustic offering. “36 songs reimagined by us acoustically is certainly ridiculous but it works. The magic of the songs is still there regardless of it being acoustic. Since we weren’t touring we had the time to do something of this size. I’m very excited about this record. Dale and Steven did a fantastic job on this. I think it’s a very special record. I can’t think of anyone else who’s done something like this.”
The band previews the impressive offering with the release of “Night Goat”, which you can listen to below. Dale Crover notes, “I think people will be surprised that we can do an acoustic version of a song like ‘Night Goat’ without losing any of the heaviness. We also worked hard on the vocal arrangements. People are going to freak out!”. Five Legged Dog also features acoustic versions of several rarities from the influential band’s overflowing discography including a cover of Redd Kross’ “Charlie” (from the limited-edition Escape From LA single) and “Outside Chance”, a Turtles’ cover from the Slithering Slaughter single, as well as new interpretations of The Rolling Stones “Sway”, Brainiac’s “Flypaper” and Fred Neil’s “Everybody’s Talking” (popularised by Harry Nilsson). Butthole Surfer Jeff Pinkus also lends his vocals (and banjo) to “Don’t Forget to Breathe” and “Everybody’s Talking”.
Five Legged Dog is now available for pre-order here. It will arrive on digital formats and double-disc CD on October 15th and on 4LP coloured vinyl on January 28th via Ipecac Recordings.
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