Several days ago, All Tomorrow's Parties announced the preliminary billing for their annual winter Nightmare Before Christmas festival in England and it looks like its shaping up to be the envy of any fan of experimental metal.The biggest story of this year's festival (which will take place on December 5, 6, and 7) is that it will be curated by both the legendary MELVINS and metal's most prolific visionary Mike Patton of FAITH NO MORE, MR. BUNGLE, FANTÔMAS, etc., etc., etc. As curators, so far these guys have assembled quite an impressive list musicians that are sure to pull in dedicated music listeners around the world for of few nights of the world's finest left-of-center metal. In addition to performances from ISIS, THE LOCUST, BIG BUSINESS, BOHREN UND DER CLUB OF GORE, ZU, NEIL HAMBURGER, and DÄLEK, Nightmare Before Christmas will feature the MELVINS supporting their brand new album Nude With Boots and FANTÔMAS peforming their underground classic The Director's Cut in its entireity! Open-minded metalheads, follow this link to find out all the info you need to make it to the show.
And for U.S. fans, you'll have the chance to see the MELVINS this summer on tour BIG BUSINESS. After they release Nude With Boots on July 8, they'll be hitting the road for over a month across the country to support it! Check out themelvins.net for all the tour dates and head to Pitchfork to hear some new music.
For now, I leave you with some classic MELVINS with the music video for "Honey Bucket" from Houdini: