MELVINS Expand Lineup, Ready Live Album

Greg Prato of is reporting that the MELVINS have been expanded to a quartet after having been joined by Hydra Head recording artists BIG BUSINESS.

"Now we're going to be a four-piece," drummer Dale Crover tells "Two drums — just like the ALLMAN BROTHERS and the GRATEFUL DEAD! We've known [the BIG BUSINESS] guys for a long time. It's not like they're going to quit BIG BUSINESS or anything like that. When we tour, we're hoping that they'll open."

Crover sees no problem sharing the time-keeping with drummer Coady Willis. "It's great," he says. "He's left handed, so we want to do this 'mirror image' type of thing. We've kind of fused our two drum sets together, and we're going to try and do some crazy thing with it. We're sharing these big toms in between us."

The new lineup plans to tour at some point later this year and eventually hit the studio. But the next MELVINS release will be a live CD comprised of a recent performance of the 1993 album "Houdini".



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