The return of grunge?
Perhaps, though it’s pint-size. Meet The Indecent, a group of 16-18 year olds who sound like a diffused version of Seattle in 1992. These kids were either fetuses or barely born when K.C. swallowed a shell, but that doesn’t stop them from wearing his band’s sound on their sleeve. That heavy drop-D chord, the reverb, the grrrowl of lead singer Emily Bout (can you believe she’s barely legal?); it’s pretty impressive. I’m always a fan of hard-hitting girls in the lead–Allison Mosshart, Beth Ditto, etc–especially when they kick ass the way Emily does. Backed by sister Maddy and brother Bo on equally-sick guitars, and friend Nick on drums, the quartet is recording now and will release their first EP, Control, this fall.
Maybe grunge isn’t dead after all.
**Ed Note: If you really want a taste of the good ol’ days, I highly recommend picking upEverybody Loves Our Town by Mark Yarm. It’s the oral history of grunge, and reads like one giant conversation between anyone who was ever prominent in the Northwest grunge scene, from the U-Men to TAD to Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. I loved it. You will too.