The Melvins are a prolific rock/metal band formed in 1983 in Montesano, WA. They have had a rotating cast of more than 10 bass players and have released over 20 studio albums throughout their 40-year career. Their current bassist is Trevor Dunn. The band performs under the name "Melvins Lite" with Trevor Dunn on stand-up bass and under the name "Melvins 1983" with Dale on bass instead of drums.
The core members of the Melvins are Buzz Osborne (guitar/lead vocals) and Dale Crover (drums/vocals). The band was originally based in Montesano, WA before relocating to San Francisco, CA in 1988 and eventually settling in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley.
The name "Melvins" came from a grocery clerk at the Thriftway in Montesano where Buzz Osborne worked. They chose this name as it was an appropriately ridiculous name that referred to the most hated fellow employee at the store.