Rar-A-Tat-Tat! by Dale Crover on Joyful Noise Recordings. Sleeve artwork by Mackie Osbourne

Dale Crover - Rat-A-Tat-Tat!


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Between 36 years (and about as many full-lengths and EPs) as drummer/bassist for the Melvins and his contributions to acts as varied as Altamont, Peeping Tom, Redd Kross, Shrinebuilder, and Nirvana, he's built quite the body of work. In 2017, he added a proper solo album to his extensive catalogue, Fickle Finger of Fate. Now he's followed that with Rat-a-Tat-Tat!

Crover wrote the album while on the road, and assembled a band consisting of bassist Steve McDonald (Redd Kross), Toshi Kasai (ex-Big Business, Plan D) on keyboards, synths, jawharp, and backing vocals, Mindee Jorgensen (Dangerously Sleazy) on drums and saxophone.

Although weirdness and odd-rock abounds on Rat-a-Tat-Tat!, there are also some surprisingly poppy moments. Crover claims 'Shark Like Overbite' may be the poppiest song he's ever written. It's also the puppiest: it was inspired by the three dogs he's had over the years. A few tunes ('I Can't Help You There,' 'Kiss Proof World') harken back to his Pacific Northwest lineage. That said, 'Tougher,' 'Supine is How I Found Him,' and 'New Pharaoh' careen right off the dial. It's an eclectic mix, one that draws on song fragments he's had for years. It still feels cohesive and uniquely Dale Crover, but then, who would expect anything other than the unexpected?


  1. Moclips
  2. I Can’t Help You There
  3. Tougher
  4. Stumbler
  5. Shark Like Overbite
  6. Supine is How I Found Him
  7. I’ll Never Say
  8. New Pharaoh
  9. Untrue Crime
  10. The Bowie Mix
  11. Piso Mojado
  12. Kiss Proof World


LP includes download coupon; sleeve art by Mackie Osbourne




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