Dale Crover’s defining act, the Melvins, are your band’s favorite band. Countless acts across genres have claimed them as an influence, especially within rock and metal. They’re loud, blunt and marching sound has influenced bands for decades, and they have stayed the course as influencers over the span of more than thirty years.
Crover, the drummer from the group, looks now to expand his influence even further with the release of his first solo LP, The Fickle Finger of Fate. The new album will sway heavy from the typical sound you associate with a Melvins’ record, and instead show a much more alt/pop-oriented sound. And the album’s lead track, “Little Brother,” perfectly exemplifies this.
On the new track, the drums are still distinct and open (this is a drummer’s album after all), but they take a back seat to the more melodic components of the song. Crover doesn’t use the drums to drive the tempo, rather they are there to reinforce the rest of the music. Soft acoustic rifts contribute to the defining rhythms, while Crover provides a pop-heavy, glowing melody for the hook.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, the upcoming solo-release was described as a “no traps-bashing chops-feast, instead showcasing a melodic sensibility weaned on Sixties pop and Seventies arena rock, with no shortage of wild effects.” The new album will also see contributions from Redd Kross’ Steven McDonald, Dan Southwick (Altamont) and some violin, vocals and percussion from Crover’s own 11-year-old daughter Scarlett.