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Joe Preston
Joe preston
Preston performing live in the 1990s.
Background information
Birth Name Joe Preston
Alias Salty Green, Stinky, Denial Fiend
Born 1969
Occupation Musician
Genres Drone, Doom Metal, Experimental, Punk Rock
Instrument(s) Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Programming, Electronics, Vocoder
Years active 1990 - Present
Labels Sub Pop, Amphetamine Reptile Records, Boner Records, Southern Lord Records, Relapse Records
Associated acts High on Fire, Earth, Melvins, Sunn O))), The Whip, Thrones, Witchypoo, Last Empire, C Average

Joe Preston is a musician born in Salem, Oregon with ties to Seattle, Washington. Notably, he's performed with a multitude of bands over the years including his own experimental drone/doom project Thrones. Notably his tenures in Earth and Melvins (despite being short-lived) along with his solo EP with the latter band, serve among pioneering works in drone metal.


Earth and Melvins (1989 - 1992)Edit

Preston's earliest known band was Snake Pit from Eugene, Oregon. In the late 1980s he would join Earth as their bassist.[1] His contribution to the band, along with guitarist/founder Dylan Carlson and bassist Dave Harwell, would be a series of demos recorded at Smegma Studios circa October 1990 and the band's first release on Sub Pop Records in Extra-Capsular Extraction, released 18 October 1991. By the time the EP had released Preston had already left the band, joining The Melvins that same year. Preston was a huge fan of the band, with his first performance with the band being on 9 May 1991 in Portland, Oregon.

The Melvins then released three "solo" EPs following the concept and imitating the cover artwork inspired by the four Kiss members' solo albums released in 1978. King Buzzo, Dale Crover, and Joe Preston (Joe's in particular being heavily drone-based, likely a precursor to Thrones.) were all released in 1992 on Boner Records. Notably the band would also record a single entitled Night Goat and release it in 1992, beginning a long-standing relationship with Tom Hazelmyer's Amphetamine Reptile Records. The band would also tour with GWAR in 1992.[2]

Later in 1992, they released the full-length album Lysol, focusing heavily on a drone-based sound with half the album being covers. Eventually the album had to be renamed Melvins because Lysol was a trademarked name. Preston would be fired from the band due to disputes over credit (Which led to an inside joke on the Lysol cover) and issues with "lazy" work ethic.[3] Lorax would briefly rejoin the band starting with the band's appearance at Reading Festival that year. Preston would also notably be one of three bassists to decline an appearance on the Melvins documentary The Colossus of Destiny: A Melvins Tale.

Thrones (1994 - Present)Edit

Other BandsEdit


  • Snake Pit - Bass (Unknown Time Period)
  • Earth - Bass, Percussion (1989 - 1991)
  • Melvins - Bass, Vocals (1991 - 1992)
  • Thrones - All Instruments, Vocals (1994 - Present)
  • Sunn O))) - Bass (Live) (2002 - 2007)
  • High on Fire - Bass (2004 - 2006)
  • The Whip - Guitar (2002 - 2003)
  • C Average - Bass (1999 - ???)
  • Harvey Milk - Guitar (2008)
  • Last Empire - Bass (2009 - Present)
  • Beast - Live Electronics (2014 - Present)


With EarthEdit

With MelvinsEdit

With High on FireEdit

With Harvey MilkEdit

  • Life... The Best Game In Town (2008, Hydra Head)

As ThronesEdit

With Sunn O)))Edit

  • White1 - Contributor (2003, Southern Lord Records)
  • White2 - Contributor (2004, Southern Lord Records)
  • Oracle - Jackhammer (2007, Southern Lord Records)
  • Altar - Vocals on "Akuma no Kuma" (2007, Southern Lord Records)
  • Monoliths & Dimensions - Vocals (Choir) on "Hunting & Gathering (Cydonia)" (2009, Southern Lord Records)

Guest & Misc. AppearancesEdit

List of Known Tours with ThronesEdit

  • 1996 North American Tour (With Boris) (1996)
  • 2001 North American Tour (With Unwound, Mecca Normal) (2001)[4]
  • 2003 European Tour (With Sunn O)))) (2003)[5]
  • 2006 North American Tour (With Boris, Growing) (2006)[6]
  • 2006 European Tour (With ISIS, Zombi) (2006)[7]
  • 2007 European Tour (With Wolf Eyes, Growing) (2007)[8]
  • 2007 North American Tour (With Grey Daturas) (2007)[9]
  • 2008 North American Tour (2008)[10]
  • 2009 North American Tour (Select dates with Coffins, Wolves in The Throne Room) (2009)[11]
  • 2010 European Tour (With Nadja, OvO) (2010)[12][13]
  • 2010 North American Tour (With Christian Mistress) (2010)[14][15]
  • 2011 Australian Tour (With John Weise) (2011)[16]
  • August 2011 North American Tour (With Big Business, Torche) (2011)[17]
  • Fall 2011 North American Tour (With Danava) (2011)[18]
  • 2013 North American Tour (With Floor) (2013)[19]
  • 20th Anniversary North American Tour (With Floor) (2014)[20]


Instrument 1Edit

Instrument 2Edit



External LinksEdit


  1. Thrones and Dominions
  2. Miami New Times
  3. MarkPrindleAccessed 15 April, 2016
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