Review: Melvins Lite - Freak Puke
Even in the smaller incarnation there's still a party going on. Melvins always have that ability to fill their music with doom and despair, which is also seen by the heavy use of cellos in Inner Ear Rupture and Holy Barbarians and as we all know, cellos are the ultimate instruments of despair. But they have also had the ability to balance things out and use their stony grunge riffs in a much more upbeat and adrenaline packed style which gives Leon vs. The Revolution and the album's title track an indestructible kind of epic glory and effortless badassery. It's a word now. In fact, the title track is definitely the best driving song of the year so far. And I can't even drive. There should probably be awards for "Best Driving Song of the Year." Probably should be awarded at the Grammys.
Even the truly bizarre moments of the album remain gripping. The monolithic cover of Wings' Let Me Roll It strikes up a cradling curiosity of in how true it stays to the original despite the mass increase of distortion, while closer Tommy Goes Beserk plays out at first like a twisted version of David Bowie's Space Oddity before launching into rapid fire space rock madness and landing again into truly unsafe territory.
Melvins Lite have definitely managed to make something of their own with Freak Puke. It doesn't stand up to Houdini or Stoner Witch but it definitely serves as it's own creation which serves as the proper sound of the Melvins that everyone loves taken into the droning and action packed territories that has truly built up their later work. Maybe it's not Melvins in band, but Freak Puke is still Melvins in sound.
Melvins Lite's Freak Puke is out now via Ipecac.