“The Devil You Knew...”
- Artist Thomas Hazelmyer
Release # BFLD401
Limited to 300
So this year is the Fortieth Anniversary (1983-2023) of the Melvins. We’ve got a bunch of really cool weird assed releases planned for the year in celebration, but this one might be my favorite as for me it’s pretty much perfect. I swear. The Melvins first single DESTROYED when it came out. It was far meaner, more seething, structurally insane and pushed underground boundaries further than any of their Seattle peers of the era. I ain’t arguing with anyone on this point as I was there at the time. I personally remember it as a game changer and it seriously altered how I was personally approaching music at the time. So I asked Buzz about doing a re-issue of that material as part of this years commemorative releases. He didn’t skip a beat and said “Yeah, and we’ll re-record that material too”. Genius.
So the 12” is the songs from the 80’s and the flip-side is the same songs circa NOW. It’s a perfect reflection of the then/now of the band. Glorious. For me there’s times as an artist or musician when you KNOW you nailed it, and I gotta say I was pretty jazzed with art results hitting it square in the nuts for this, a high bar, as excited as I am about this release. It’s kinda the perfect culmination of our working relationship that has spanned damn near the full 40 years these creeps have been at it. Yeah yeah it’s rooted in nostalgia neither the band or I usually have a lot of time for, but also showing the creative vitality us dinosaurs can still muster as we continue to indelicately stomp around. -Tom Hazelmyer
LIMITED TO 300. Printed on Gildan Heavy Cotton tees. LADIES’ SIZES RUN REALLY SMALL so CHECK THE SIZE CHART.