The Melvins are an American band that formed in 1983.They usually perform as a trio, but in recent years have performed as a four piece with two drummers. Since 1984, singer and guitarist Buzz Osborne (also known as King Buzzo) and drummer Dale Crover have been the band's ongoing members. The band was named after a supervisor at a Thriftway in Montesano, Washington, where Osborne also worked as a clerk. "Melvin" was despised by other employees, and the band's members felt it to be an appropriately ridiculous name.The Melvins' music is influenced by Black Flag's mix of punk and metal on their My War and Slip It In albums, and other slow punk acts like Flipper and the Wipers, but also by hard rock and metal bands such as Kiss and Alice Cooper; however, their idiosyncratic approach, bizarre sense of humor, and experimentation make neat categorization difficult. Buzzo has also stated that his guitar playing is more influenced by Black Flag than Black Sabbath, with whom they are often compared.
Freak Puke is the eighteenth album by the Melvins, which was released on June 5, 2012, through Ipecac Recordings. The concept of an album released under the moniker Melvins Lite seems like an oxymoron; considering Freak Puke, the album that came out of that proposition, it would seem that the Melvins are in on the joke. While drummer Dale Crover brushes his kit on some tracks and Trevor Dunn (off Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk, and sundry other avant-garde projects) joins in on upright bass on the disc, these are the only reasons for the word Lite to be attached to the project. Despite those instrumental choices, the album is another solid headrush of epic, riffy rock from the elder statesmen.