This Machine Kills Artists CD (2014)

Artist: King Buzzo

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Label Ipecac/fontana
SKU 264069304
UPC 689230015925
UPC 14 00689230015925
Format CD
Release Date 6/3/2014
Author King Buzzo
Artist Influence Greg Ginn
Artist Influence Pete Townshend
Artist Influence Tony Iommi
Artist Contemporary Kurt Cobain
Artist Contemporary Steve Turner (Mudhoney)
Technical Info
Engineer Toshi Kasai
CatalogID IPC 159
Lable Name Ipecac (Label)
Released 06/02/2014
Original Release 2014
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 44m : 6s
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00689230015925
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: King Buzzo (vocals, acoustic guitar).
Recording information: The Sound of Sirens Studio.
After nearly 30 years in the Melvins, it's hard to say how much guitarist and founder King Buzzo -- also known as Buzz Osborne -- still hopes to do musically that he hasn't done just yet, but he's crossed two items off his bucket list in one stroke: he's made his first full-length solo album and recorded his first acoustic project at the same time. This Machine Kills Artists finds Osborne armed only with his acoustic guitar and his voice (along with some discreet overdubbing) as he pounds through 17 songs that bear a fairly strong melodic resemblance to his traditional style. The buzzy report of Osborne's acoustic lacks the titanic force of his traditional Les Paul axe and Sunn amps, but the tone isn't as dissimilar as one might think (especially since he seems to have tuned down on a few cuts), and the songs conform to Osborne's typical lyrical and musical obsessions (any album with songs titled "Dark Brown Teeth," "Drunken Baby," "How I Became Offensive," and "Useless King of the Punks" would appear to be right in Buzz's wheelhouse). Without a bass and percussion, This Machine Kills Artists sounds like the Melvins with the power off, and it's a worthy experiment that sometimes succeeds. ~ Mark Deming
Artist Overview
King Buzzo is the stage name used by Buzz Osborne (born Roger Osborne), best known as the lead guitarist with the Melvins, long-running proponents of the louder side of the alternative rock scene whose embrace of heavy guitars, big riffs, and slower tempos made them one of the key precursors of grunge. Throughout the Melvins' history, Osborne would go back and forth between the name Buzz Osborne and the nickname King Buzzo, and he used the latter handle for solo releases. In 1992, the three members of the Melvins each released solo EPs, modeled after the notorious Kiss solo albums of 1978: And in 2014, King Buzzo dropped his first solo album, an unplugged but heavy full-length titled This Machine Kills Artists. ~ Mark Deming
Disc 1
1 Dark Brown Teeth
2 Rough Democracy
3 Laidback Walking
4 Drunken Baby
5 Vaulting Over a Microphone
6 New River, The
7 Vulgar Joke, The
8 Everything's Easy For You
9 Ripping Driving, The
10 How I Became Offensive
11 Instrument of God
12 Spoiled Brat, The
13 Illegal Mona
14 Good & Hostile
15 Blithering Idiot, The
16 Useless King of the Punks
17 Hesitation Twist, The
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