Melvins leader Buzz Osborne isn’t one for a lot of flash when it comes to gear. He likes what he likes. We caught up with him recently to find out just what that is.
THE MELVINS’ Buzz Osborne spent much of 2014 on the road — first on a 90-plus show acoustic tour in support of This Machine Kills Artist, an album recorded mostly on his red white and blue Buck Owens American acoustic, then out for a stretch in autunm with the his bandmates bringing the new Melvins record, Hold It In, to the masses. The latest Melvins effort finds Buzz and Dale Crover (drums) teamed up with Butthole Surfers veterans Paul Leary and JD Pinkus on a 12-cut slab of crunch that also showcases a more jangly, pop influence in spots.
Following a blistering sound check prior their Halloween Eve show in Houston, where the touring trio (Buzz, Dale and JD) ripped through new tunes including ‘Bride of Crankenstein’, the new album’s lead track, and the riff-heavy ‘Onions Make The Milk Taste Bad’, we got the scoop on Buzz’s current road rig, and why he loves his Electrical Guitar Company aluminum axes and tried-and-true Boss and MXR pedals.
Osborne has been carrying the flag for Florida’s Electrical Guitar Company (EGC), and builder Kevin Burkett, for going on four years. After seeing them used by bands like ISIS, and being exposed to one first hand by a band tech, he took the plunge, which eventually resulted in his own King Buzzo model.