From time to time, there comes a band that goes unmatched in their realm of music. When such a group comes parading into Austin, they’re worth a mention. Heavyweight punk-kings the Melvins return to Austin next weekend to play the Sidewinder stage with Helms Alee, a fellow rock band from the Washington area.
The Melvins formed in 1983, and following their first release in 1987, the band started a strong movement towards post-punk sludge metal influenced by Black Sabbath. Their music, though majorly underrated, later inspired many–including Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain. The band is known to have an integrally dark sound, much heavier than a lot of cheese metal and more serious than pop-punk–their sound is very much something that Austin lacks on its spectrum of live music genres–a huge hole in the spectrum as it is such a genre with massive substance and depth.
While Sidewinder and its preceding brother venue Red Eyed Fly have hosted a number of local acts within Austin’s low count of real metal or punk bands, it’s a lot less common to stumble upon an impressive, local Austin punk band than it is in other neighboring cities such as San Antonio, the punk capital of Texas. However, when we do get lucky enough to host a band like the Melvins, Austin blows up from the inside and the secret underground cult of punk kids and metalheads crawl from under their dark spaces to join the city-wide mosh pit.
You don’t want to miss this show. Believe me.
PHOTO CREDIT: Metal Archives