311 Meets 7-Eleven

311 Swap Socials With 7-Eleven, Melvins To Release All-Bass Album, All Screaming Version Of Cave In’s “Jupiter” Found & More From April Fools 2021


April 01st is once again upon us and with it comes the expected posts from bands and such looking to pull a fast one. Below you can check out a collection of some of today’s antics:

311 and convenience store chain 7-Eleven swapped their social media accounts:

311 April Fools

Melvins announced an all-bass album:

“30 albums deep into a career of bottom-heavy surrealistic sludge, the Melvins are leaning into their lower frequency proclivities with the announcement of their new album “THUD!,” set to drop this weekend as an ultra-limited vinyl edition on Amphetamine Reptile Records with artwork by HAZE XXL.

The full length release bears the first fruit of a newly-minted all-bassist lineup, something that Buzz Osborne says was inevitable: “Over the years Dale and I have played so many ear-splitting live shows, it’s sheared the higher frequencies out of our hearing range. I’ve been writing songs for 5 years now that I can’t even hear. It’s mostly just by feeling the vibrations these days. Writing exclusively for basses gives us a chance to actually listen to what we’ve done”

Dale Crover says that he wanted to retain his percussive identity for the record, and studied slap-bass techniques for weeks on end: “Thank Christ for Flea.”

In addition to the core lineup, the record features recent bass-mongers Steven McDonald, Trevor Dunn and Jeff Pinkus, with a special noise bass solo emailed in from former bassist Kevin Rutmanis.

Osborne says that the biggest challenge was writing songs where listeners could differentiate the parts from each other: “By the time we were ready for Toshi to hit the record button, my strings were so loose that they were literally falling off of my bass if I strummed too hard. This is the most brown-note-laden album ever recorded.””

Trivium once again kicked out their drummer Alex Bent:

Converge guitarist/noted producer Kurt Ballou found the ‘original versions’ of Cave In‘s “Jupiter“, featuring no clean singing:

“@stephenbrodsky stopped by today to transfer the tapes with the original versions of @cave_in_boston Jupiter featuring #nocleansinging. I’m honored to help unearth this insane version from before they went soft. Recorded and mixed by @saladdaysstudio back in 2000.”

Eagles Of Death Metal began selling individual strands of their frontman Jesse Hughes‘ moustache:

Cattle Decapitation launched a new music video to outdo their infamously NSFW one for “Forced Gender Reassignment“:

For an honorable mention, Metal Archives replaced the majority of their band promo shots with pictures of cats.

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