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Interview:
Melvins leader gets a Buzz from unplugging
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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With the Melvins, Buzz Osborne is known for his dense, heavy electric guitar attack. But on his new "This Machine Kills Artists" the Washington State music veteran has surprised fans by showing off his solo acoustic side.

"I've always made acoustic music -- I just haven't recorded much of it," says Osborne, 50. this was jsut kind of a new thing to do, something I've always had in the back of my mind. I think I can do it as well as the Melvins. I can do both, so why not? What's the worst that could happen?"

Uh...ridicule?

"Like that doesn't happen with the Melvins?" Osborne responds with a laugh.

Recording with his wife's Buck Owens red, white and blue American guitar, "This Machine..." features 17 tracks. And Osborne concedes that it was significantly different than making a Melvins album.

"I didn't have the drums to hide behind," says Osborne, who will be releasing a new album with the Melvins in October. "If I'm writing songs for the Melvins, I have drums and bass parts, and there's none of that on this album. I had to find a completely whole other kind of way of making this work without doing any of the stuff I use on the (group's) records.

"It was a good challenge, but I'm up for the challenge.I'm a musician; that's what I do for a living. But I've never made records where I thought, 'This is the kind of record people are gonna like.' I have no idea what people are gonna like, no clue. I make records I like, knowing I have good taste and hoping other people share that taste."

Buzz Osborne, Emma Ruth Rundle and Buck Nell

Wednesday, July 2

Small's, 10339 Conant, Hamtramck

Doors open at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $15

Call 313-873-1117 or visit www.smallsbardetroit.com

Web Site: www.smallasbardetroit.com

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