Killing Them Softly: The Return of King Buzzo

Buzz From the Melvins Unplugged


Buzz Osbourne, aka King Buzzo, the man behind the heavy, lurching, wildly unpredictable Melvins, will soon be releasing an acoustic album.

Yes, you read that right. A guy most often associated with complex and undeniably heavy music (and let’s get this out of the way early: grunge too) is going to be taking the stage at the Waiting Room on Thursday March 6th armed with only an acoustic guitar. No backing band. No cellist. No dulcimer player. Just him.

“My main goal was to not fall prey to what happens to most rock people who do this,” he said from his home in Los Angeles. “They often end up sounding like a half-assed version of Woody Guthrie or a half-assed version of James Taylor. That’s not what I wanted.”

The setlist, which he was working on at the time we spoke, was still in flux. But he promised it would be a mix of new songs that’ll be on the upcoming album as well as Melvins songs including “Revolve,” “Boris,” “Hooch” and “Suicide in Progress.” None of which seem to lend themselves to an acoustic treatment.

“You gotta understand, I wrote a lot of this stuff on acoustic guitar anyway,” he said. “I’ve certainly written a lot of songs [acoustically] that were then translated into the full band. I’ve just never done it live before.”

Osbourne’s got seventeen songs in the can already and will be coming out on a full-length on Ipecac Records early this summer. In preparation for this short tour that includes a stop in Omaha at the Waiting Room on Thursday, March 6th, he’s releasing a 10” called This Machine Kills Artists. It’s limited to just 500 copies and will include four songs that will be on the full length and two Melvins songs. They’ll be available at the show, he said.

It’s one he’s looking forward to. “I love playing the Waiting Room,” he said. “It’s a great place. I think it’s the best club I’ve ever played in Omaha by far. It’s really nice to find a place like that. I think Omaha’s needed something like that for a long time. The owners really seem to care. You can’t say enough about that. It’s not the norm. I appreciate it greatly and I hope people in Omaha appreciate it enough to keep it open.”

“Some cities don’t have it,” he continued. “I’m really happy to be a part of it. We’ve been there twice and I’ve had a really good experience there.” The show starts at 9.

King Buzzo is, as of press time, playing a solo show at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple Street, Thursday, March 6th. The show costs $13 and starts at 9pm. For more information call 558.4939 or visit onepercentproductions.com.


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