No Seattle: Forgotten Sounds of the North-West Grunge Era 1986-97

No Seattle: Forgotten Sounds of the North-West Grunge Era 1986-97


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It was in the mid-'70s that the first underground compilations of obscure '60s garage rock gems began to circulate, and collections of little-known power pop, disco, and old-school hip-hop tracks have been making the rounds for years, so the fact it has taken roughly two decades for folks to start unearthing the overlooked artifacts of the grunge explosion of the late '80s and early '90s is a bit surprising. But the folks at Soul Jazz have finally taken the flannel shirt by the horns and compiled No Seattle: Forgotten Sounds of the North-West Grunge Era 1986-97, which collects 28 tracks from 23 bands with roots in the Pacific Northwest who were playing various stripes of alternative rock during the years when grunge went from a fanzine catchphrase to last year's marketing scheme. Thankfully, compiler Nick Soulsby has put his focus strictly on independent bands, and this collection is devoted to acts who grew organically out of the Northwest scene rather than those who rolled into Seattle hoping to get signed in the wake of Nirvana's breakthrough (though the booklet does include a helpful sidebar, "Six Degrees of Nirvana", which explains how several acts were connected to Kurt Cobain and pals, and notes that all 23 groups had at least one member who played on a bill with Nirvana, which demonstrates how tightknit this scene was). That most of these bands are all but unknown outside their home turf suggests these folks were grunge's B-team, but there are a few bands that could and should have gone further, including Starfish (crashing poppy grunge produced by Bob Mould), Thrillhammer (hard and heavy with a dash of math rock), Medelicious (noisy pop with solid hooks and buzzy guitars), My Name (chant-along punk with bent hard rock guitars), Calamity Jane (sounding like the unholy spawn of Tad and early Hole), and Treehouse ("Debbie Had a Dream" has all the earmarks of a breakout single). Even the lesser bands are instructive of the overall aesthetic of the scene, especially the influence of metal and hard rock (particularly Helltrout and Attica, the latter featuring original Nirvana drummer Aaron Burckhard) and the undertow of arty influences (most audible in Small Stars, Same 18, and Pod). It doesn't flow quite like the Nuggets box set, but No Seattle does a pretty good job of documenting its time and place, and at the very least reveals there were a handful of worthwhile bands that managed to avoid the glare of the media during Seattle's days as the center of the rock universe.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/09/2014
Label: Soul Jazz
UPC: 5026328202860
catalogNumber: 286

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jack Endino   Bass
Kurt Danielson   Bass
Terry Lee Hale   Guitar,Vocals
Jamie Lane   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Dan Peters   Drums
Tammy Watson   Vocals
Scott Marcus   Drums
Timo Ellis   Guitar,Vocals
Pete Krebs   Guitar,Vocals
Scott Sutherland   Guitar,Vocals
John Purkey   Guitar,Vocals
Patty Schemel   Drums
Garth Reeves   Bass
Daniel John Riddle   Bass
Scott Vanderpool   Drums,Vocals
Marci Martinez   Drums
Trevor Lanigan   Guitar
Pat Watson   Bass
Abe Brennan   Vocals
Larry Schemel   Guitar
Dave Gleza   Drums
Robb Williamson   Bass
Brian Naubert   Guitar
Damon Romero   Guitar
Susan Larsen   Bass,Vocals
Ronna Era   Bass
Kelly Van Camp   Drums,Vocals
Gilly Ann Hanner   Guitar,Vocals
Megan Hanner   Bass
Scott Harbine   Guitar,Vocals
Sarah Standard   Violin
Rob Roy   Percussion
Ryan Loiselle   Drums
Brian Learned   Bass
Robin Peringer   Bass,Guitar
Tom Ewers   Guitar
Aaron Burckhard   Drums
Dave Foster   Drums
Chris Adams   Drums
Maria Mabra   Drums,Vocals
Scott Partridge   Bass
Mike Crum   Guitar
Steve Helbert   Guitar,Vocals
Jason Morales   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Paul Kimball   Vocals
Greg Sullivan   Guitar,Vocals
Simon Grant   Drums
Heather Garden   Bass
Dave Delong   Drums
Rob Westergard   Vocals
Jon Swanstrom   Guitar
Matt Knapp   Vocals
Dave Whiting   Guitar
David Parks   Drums,Reed Flute
Beau Fredericks   Bass,Vocals
Fred Stuben   Guitar
Fred McBain   Drums
Don Stewart   Guitar
Dave Triebwasser   Drums
Dale Balenseifen   Guitar
Bruce Purkey   Guitar
Ben Munat   Bass
Keith Bornzin   Percussion
Jordy Burnham   Drums
Jon Marithew   Guitar
Joanne Bolme   Guitar
Jim Lingnau   Guitar
Jeff Kyle   Drums
Jason Grimes   Drums
Jaime "Crunchbird" Johnson   Guitar,Vocals
Henry Szankiewicz   Guitar
Greg "Sledge" Pederson   Bass
George Smith   Drums
George Reber   Bass
Gary Kohler   Bass,Vocals
Tracey Shug   Vocals
Shauna Leibold   Bass,Background Vocals
Ryan von Bargen   Bass,Sampling
Ronna Myles-Era   Bass,Vocals
Paula Sen   Vocals
Mike Harris   Bass
Miles Vedder   Drums
Mike Nipper   Drums
Mike Truax   Guitar

Technical Credits

Bob Mould   Producer
Jack Endino   Engineer,Re-Engineer
Kill Sybil   Composer
Steve Albini   Producer
Drew Canulette   Engineer
Kurt Danielson   Composer
John Goodmanson   Engineer
Terry Lee Hale   Composer
Jamie Lane   Composer
Marty Lester   Engineer
Dan Peters   Composer
Bill Stevenson   Producer
Tammy Watson   Composer
Stuart Hallerman   Engineer
Timo Ellis   Composer
Pete Krebs   Composer
Starfish   Producer
Scott Sutherland   Composer
Garth Reeves   Composer
Daniel John Riddle   Composer,Producer,Bass Samples
Scott Vanderpool   Composer
Marci Martinez   Composer
Trevor Lanigan   Composer
Chemistry Set   Engineer
Abe Brennan   Composer
Dave Gleza   Composer
Robb Williamson   Composer
Charles Meserole   Engineer
Brian Naubert   Composer
Damon Romero   Composer
Susan Larsen   Composer
Kelly Van Camp   Composer
Megan Hanner   Composer
Scott Harbine   Composer
Brian Learned   Composer
Robin Peringer   Composer,Producer
Tom Ewers   Composer
Maria Mabra   Composer
Scott LaRose   Producer
Steve Helbert   Composer
Helltrout   Composer
Greg Sullivan   Composer
Dave Whiting   Composer
Beau Fredericks   Composer
Machine   Producer
Fred Stuben   Composer
Dave Triebwasser   Composer
Bruce Purkey   Composer
Brent Deroacher   Engineer
Brad Purkey   Engineer
Ben Munat   Composer
Joseph Newton   Producer
Jordy Burnham   Composer
Joanne Bolme   Composer
Jeff Kyle   Composer
Jason Grimes   Composer
Jaime "Crunchbird" Johnson   Composer
Henry Szankiewicz   Composer
George Smith   Composer
Gary Kohler   Composer
Tracey Shug   Composer
Shauna Leibold   Composer
Ric Vaughn   Engineer
Ryan von Bargen   Composer
Ronna Myles-Era   Composer
Paula Sen   Composer
Nick Soulsby   Sleeve Notes
Miles Vedder   Composer

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