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“You do your best. It’s like the quote from that movie ‘The Aviator’ where Ava Gardner says to Howard Hughes, ‘Nothing is clean, Howard. But we do our best.’ I love that quote.”

As the founding and lone original member of long-standing shape-shifting heavy rockers, the Melvins, Roger “King Buzzo” Osborne not only extols love for (and takes inspiration from) the above dialogue snippet from the 2004 bio-pic on the topic of legendary gajillionaire, polymath and OCD-sufferer, Howard Hughes, but has long been putting those words into practice. The ups and downs, trials and tribulations, permutations and audacious activities, not to mention the band’s unending discography (“I don’t even know what a complete Melvins collection would look like, so I highly doubt there’s anyone out there who owns everything we have,”) would require a dedicated tome in its own right. So, for us to try and specify anything pertaining to the band’s relationship with record labels, the revolving door of bassists and the 150 or so releases that we are aware of is better left for whomever eventually decides to take on the challenge of writing their biography. For now, much of what you need to know is that Buzz holds that quote close to his heart and nowhere has the manifestation of it been more salient than in the last half-decade of Melvins-related activity.

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Everyone loves vinyl. Whether people actually play it or simply have it on the shelves to look at and appreciate the artwork in all its glory, while listening to the audio through devices however, is another matter. This month sees a new vinyl release that will ensure that people will actually play their new 12 inches of black stuff. It’s the ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ hologram soundtrack vinyl. The week this issue went to print I was fortunate enough to attend a playback of this ingenious (and extremely geeky, yet cool) release. And while I soaked up the atmosphere of Abbey Road’s Studio 2, feeling all the creativity of the room and the vibe contained within, it really dawned on me why this is so special. Star Wars is legendary. Many of us have grown up with the films from an early age and it becomes part of your DNA, without a doubt. Its music is also special, I challenge any band out there to have the balls to cover John Williams’ compositions. And now the new film’s soundtrack gives the vinyl collector a reason to play their record and geek out at the same time. What makes it special? Tristan Duke’s holograms of both the Millennium Falcon and a Tie Fighter that magically appear above the vinyl while the brilliant musicality of John Williams’ composition blasts out of your speakers. Genius! It elevates the whole audio and magical experience to unchartered new heights in the musical world. It’s a soundtrack brimming with depth and of course, it’s affinity with the metal community is inescapable – after all metal is the ultimate Dark Side. So while I go back to my sci-fi world, I’ll let you enjoy this month’s issue! I have loved Nails for years and it’s an honour to have them on this month’s cover. Enjoy reading their story as well as a heap of other great features, news and reviews! See you next month Darren Sadler