“Robin Trower’s guitar sound was the loudest I’ve ever heard. He had two Fender Twins, and he smoked both by the end of the night”: Buzz Osborne names the 11 guitarists who shaped his sound

Buzz Osborne
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Try as you might, there’s no sense in tagging a genre onto the Melvins. Some insist on calling them grunge, others alt-metal, sludge and the like. Those elements are a part of what band leader Buzz Osborne does – but boiling his style down to one or even a few of those labels would be a massive disservice.

At his core, Osborne is an avant-garde guitarist who treats music like a blank canvas for self-expression. In essence, the Melvins – his primary outlet for that expression – are an ongoing art project, perpetually shifting in color and shape. One listen to any of the five new sprawling tracks from their latest creation, Tarantula Heart, will tell you as much.

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.