Pinkus Abortion Technician
"Both of them can grill a mean steak."
Studio album by Melvins
Released April 20 2018
Recorded 2016 - 2017 at Sounds of Sirens Studios in , San Fransisco, California, USA
Genre Alternative Rock, Experimental Rock, Punk Rock
Length 36:54
Producer Toshi Kasai; Melvins
Melvins chronology
A Walk With Love and Death
Pinkus Abortion Technician
Pinkus Abortion Technician is a studio album by The Melvins. Set for a 4/20 2018 on Ipecac Recordings it's notable for featuring both current Melvins bassists Steven Shane McDonald (Redd Kross, OFF!) and Jeff Pinkus (Butthole Surfers, Honky), ensuing a studio album with a "double-bass" lineup and a tour also working in both bassists that Spring and summer of 2018.

The album's title is a rib on the Butthole Surfers album Locust Abortion Technician.


Work began on this record as far back as 2016 when The Melvins began work on recording a series of songs with Steven McDonald when Jeff Pinkus showed up and spontaneously the band began writing and recording more songs, thus this album wasn't originally planned.[1]

In an interview with Consequence of Sound, Buzz and Dale explain the album:

[Dale on the album]"It’s an experiment in the low end of the aural spectrum where we asked ourselves, ‘would it work?’ ‘could it work??’ ‘should it work???’ The answers were yes, yes and YES!

[Buzz on the album]“We’ve never had two bass players,” Buzz Osborne adds. “We’ve had two drummers and two guitar players so it makes total sense to now have two bass players. We’ll be taking this two-prong bass attack on the road as well which should prove to be interesting. Pinkus Abortion Technician is a radically great record and was a stone groove to record. We drank a lot of coffee and enjoyed each other’s company. I like Steven and Jeff a great deal. I admire their bass playing and singing and both of them can grill a mean steak.”"

— Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover, Consequence of Sound] [2]

The first single released for the album was the medley cover of "Stop Moving To Florida", with Osborne stating the following about the track: “I wanted to do the song ‘Stop’ but I didn’t want to do all of it and I LOVE ‘Moving to Florida’ so ‘Stop Moving To Florida’ seemed perfect.”[3]

On 28 March 2018, a new song entitled "Embrace The Rub" was previewed from the album along with a music video, directed by Mackie Osborne. A second video was unveiled on the day of the albums release (4/20) for "Don't Forget To Breathe".

A HAZE XXL version sold through Amphetamine Reptile Records was sold in the spring, with some copies available for tour. The art on this version closely resembles that of Locust Abortion Technician.

The CoversEdit

The album features four covers among the eight tracks:

  • "Stop" which originally appears as a Howard Tate single and basing their arrangement on The James Gang's Yer' Album and "Moving To Florida" which originally appeared on The Butthole Surfers EP Cream Corn from the Socket of Davis. Both songs are worked into a medley as "Stop Moving To Florida". "Stop" had been performed on the Hold It In 2015 Tour while "Going To Florida" was performed on the 2014 North American Tour and Hold It In 2015 Tour.
  • "I Want To Hold Your Hand" is a Beatles cover that originally appeared on the 1963 album Meet The Beatles! and has been performed live by The Melvins on several occasions over the years.
  • "Graveyard" is a Butthole Surfers song originally appearing on Locust Abortion Technician and had been performed live with the band when Pinkus was on bass (2013, 2015).


Melvins "Embrace The Rub" (Pre-order now)

Melvins "Embrace The Rub" (Pre-order now)

Melvins "Don't Forget to Breathe" (Official Video)

Melvins "Don't Forget to Breathe" (Official Video)

  • 1. Stop Moving To Florida (Howard Tate; Jerry Ragovoy, Mort Shuman / Butthole Surfers) (5:21)
  • 2. Embrace The Rub (Steven Mcdonald, Anna Waronker, Josh Klinghoffer) (1:40)
  • 3. Don't Forget To Breathe (Jeff Pinkus) (7:53)
  • 4. Flamboyant Duck (Dale Crover, Jeff Pinkus) (5:47)
  • 5. Break Bread (Jeff Pinkus) (2:24)
  • 6. I Want To Hold Your Hand (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) (4:06)
  • 7. Prenup Butter (Jeff Pinkus, King Buzzo) (4:38)
  • 8. Graveyard (Butthole Surfers) (5:06)



  1. CBS San Francisco
  2. Consequence of SoundMelvins announce new album, Pinkus Abortion Technician, map out North American tour, Accessed 12 February 2018
  3. Brooklyn VeganAccessed 19 February 2018
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