Review: Melvins – Sugar Daddy Live

Rated:

4/5

The 10th(!) live release from these indefatigable sludge expressionists is easily their strongest, fully capturing the tension, triumph, and tinnitus hazards of their current lineup…and often better than their studio recordings. Since debuting their double-drummer lineup in 2006, the band has gotten frighteningly precise on records like 2010’s The Bride Screamed Murder. Both drummers—young buck Coady Willis and mammoth pounder Dale Crover—are more playful onstage, giving a living, breathing, resolutely human anxiety to their clattery. Meanwhile, frontman King Buzzo’s guitar is searingly loud and untethered to studio tricks, more weapon than instrument, making 13 deadly songs even more venomous. CHRISTOPHER R. WEINGARTEN