Written by Noé Loyola
When you think of Seattle's music scene, your first thought might be grunge. Grunge didn't die, but it metamorphosed into a myriad of new rock genres that are thriving throughout the current scene. This blog gives you a glimpse of some of the most unique rock, indie and metal acts in Seattle today.
If you think Seattle, one of the things that comes to mind is music. And if you think Seattle music, your first thought might be grunge. The city was an important historical hub thanks to it giving birth to the iconic genre. To this day, hearing “Smells Like Teen Spirit” on the radio gets most singing along. And most likely you have a friend who is a diehard grunge fan that has played Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, and the rest in their car for you one too many times (or maybe that’s you!)
Yes, grunge is great. I also love singing YEEEEEEEEEEEEEIIIIYEEE along with “Lithium”. But there is more, much more. Grunge as we know it didn’t die, but breeded, merged and metamorphosed into many forms and shapes. Today, the rock, indie, and metal scenes in Seattle are ripe with talent. Having lived in Seattle for a little bit more than a year, I had the fortune to experience them first hand, and to discover some of its hidden treasures.
I’ll share my five favorite currently active bands in Seattle. I won’t include bands that have made it big (like Fleet Foxes or Bell Witch, both awesome), but will rather focus on the names that deserve some recognition.
Music is one of the art forms that can best create a sense of place when correctly utilized. Slow, incremental buildups and the usage of musical textures as elements of a landscape can transport any listener to another world if they choose to close their eyes. Fungal Abyss is a band that excels at this, using improvisation to give birth to profoundly uplifting experiences.
Inspired by the teachings of the sacred Teonanactl mushroom, the band creates sprawling psychedelic compositions that take you on a spiritual journey through space and within the psyche. The growth of their music is organic, like a plant that extends its roots underground and raises its intertwined branches upwards to the sun. Changes come so gradually that they are often imperceptible, but looking back shows that the piece is much different than what it used to be.
Electronics and bass are used to give the songs texture and driving force, while guitars and percussions are the main drivers of their narrative, going from subtle flourishes to gripping climaxes. The band’s catalogue is also diverse, with albums like “Karma Suture” jumping into the action much quicker.
If you enjoy being carried away by atmospheric experiences, look no further and dive into the Fungal Abyss. You might discover much about the world and yourself.