The Melvins All Mixed Up

(PR) The Melvins are getting set to release Chicken Switch, their 15-track remix record, on 9/29 via Ipecac Recordings. While for most people the words "Melvins" and "remix" don't exactly go hand in hand, the band has turned its back on the time-honored tradition of giving DJs measly stems, samples, and, at most, a single track to work with, opting instead to gift their remixers with at least an entire album (sometimes more!) worth of material.

They've also called upon some of their favorite noisy, experimental and otherwise unexpected artists to do the job (Eye Yamatsuka of Boredoms, Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, Merzbow and others), leaving the naming of the new tracks up to their creative cohorts as well.

The result, rumored since 2003 and finally being realized, is a masterpiece of punishing proportions. Chicken Switch, as a term, is actually rocketry slang – in the event of a rocket malfunction, an astronaut can hit the emergency eject button to catapult him/herself out of the aircraft. But with this Melvins catalog-spanning wealth of material hitting your ears, we're fairly certain you won't be pushing eject any time soon (unless of course it's accidental, thanks to your violent head-banging and thrashing around of your arms).

The Melvins are heading out in support of Down this fall and making a stop at the ATP Fest in Monticello, New York. All upcoming dates are below, along with possibly the only track on the record that sounds kind of like a straightforward remix!

Chicken Switch track listing and remixers:
01 Washmachine Sk8tronics (Remixed By Eye Yamatsuka)
02 Emperor Twaddle Remix (Remixed By Christoph Heemann)
03 She Chokes Her Dying Breath & Does It In My Face (Remixed BY V/VM)
04 AAHHH... (Remixed By John Duncan)
05 Linkshδnder (Remixed By Matmos)
06 EggNog Trilogy: I) She's Ivanhoe, II) Cancer, III) Inebriated (Remixed By Lee Ranaldo)
07 SNOW REM REM IBVZ (Remixed By Merzbow)
08 Prick Concrete/Revolution M (Remixed By David Scott Stone)
09 Queen (Electroclash Remix By Panacea) MP3
10 The Silky Apple Butter Of Youth (Remixed By Sunroof!)
11 4th Floor Helicopter (Remixed By Kawabata Makoto)
12 disp_tx_skel_mach_murx (Remixed By Farmersmanual)
13 Overgoat (Remixed By Void Manes)
14 Over From Under The Dog, Girl & Boy Treatment (Remixed By RLW)
15 Hard Revenge Milly Bloody Battle VS. The Melvins Ozmatized Gore Police (Remixed By Speedranch)

Melvins Tour Dates:
All shows with Down unless noted:

09-01 Atlanta, GA – CW Center Stage
09-02 Orlando, FL – House Of Blues
09-04 Myrtle Beach, SC – House Of Blues
09-05 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
09-06 Knoxville, TN – The Valarium
09-08 Baltimore, MD – Sonar Baltimore
09-09 Clifton Park, NY – Northern Lights
09-11 Nokia Theatre NYC, New York
09-12 Monticello, NY – ATP New York **
09-13 Boston, MA – House of Blues
09-15 Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
09-16 Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory
09-19 Detroit, MI – Emerald Theatre
09-21 Indianapolis, IN – Vogue Theatre
09-22 Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
09-24 Omaha, NE – Sokol Auditorium
09-25 Sauget, IL - Pop's
09-26 Mokena, IL – The Pearl Room

** = ATP

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