Just a few months after The Smart Studios Story screened at St. Vitus, the Greenpoint metal bar is taking another look at the Seattle grunge scene by showing The Colossus of Destiny: A Melvins Tale. Last week’s screenings at St. Vitus and Nitehawk were sold out, but tickets to tonight’s encore are still available. The debut effort from filmmakers Bob Hannam and Ryan Southerly is a sort of behind-the-music take on the band that influenced Nirvana, among countless others who were warped by the Melvins’ neo-Sabbath brand of sludge metal.
Naturally, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic was interviewed for the doc, as were Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys, Gene Simmons of Kiss, J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr., David Yow of Jesus Lizard, and others. When we spoke to Mike Patton of Faith No More, he expressed awe for wild-haired, mumu-wearing Melvins frontman Buzz Osbourne, and he presumably does more of the same in the film. The way Patton sees it, the Melvins are “not even a band, it’s a force of nature,” he says in the trailer.
We’ve posted our share of Melvins footage, from their cover of “Rebel Girl” at Santos to their Butthole Surfers cover at House of Vans. But this doc promises some real gems from the band’s salad days in Washington and San Francisco– check out the 0:25 mark of this clip and you’ll see that the young King Buzzo bore a strong resemblance to Eddie Munster. Rest assured, there are also interviews with Buzzo, preternatural drummer Dale Crover, and other band members, including second drummer and Paul Ryan lookalike Coady Willis. The guys don’t tend to put themselves out there too much, but Buzzo isn’t exactly a shrinking violent, as we discovered when he called bullshit on the Kurt Cobain documentary and then called out his old friend, Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl.
For a taste of what to expect when the film screens at St. Vitus tonight at 8pm (get your $10 tickets here), check out these clips from the doc’s Kickstarter campaign.