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What more can be said about a band like Soundgarden that has enjoyed triumphant peaks of gargantuan successes (Metallica, yes – those rusty rockers used to be avid Soundgarden fans – who’d have thought?) and abysmal depths of forgettable failures?
Soundgarden, assembled by none other than the long-time shadowy leader of grunge, Chris Cornell, started out in the early 80s in Seattle. Mind you, this was much before the words ‘Seattle’ and ‘rock’ (of any genre) were fairly useable in a single sentence.
Now, for a handful of those millions who fall back on itcher in hopes of finding a similar source of pure joy and rebel spirit, this round-up of bands similar to Soundgarden might be a long-time-a-comin’ revelation.
Essential Albums: ‘Apple’.
Essential Tracks: ‘Bone China’, ‘Gentle Groove’.
As far as sample sets go, this would probably be the weakest link of the chain. But somehow, I couldn’t bring myself to omit what many consider a quintessential Seattle-grunge band that, despite releasing only one album and going through traumas of losses, led to the founding of some true grunge torchbearers like Temple of the Dog and Pearl Jam.
Wood and Fairweather’s awe-inspiring collaboration in ‘Apple’ introduced a new angle of keyboard-guitar harmony to angry rockers – something that had hardly been achieved before.
Essential Albums: ‘Above’.
Essential Tracks: ‘River of Deceit’, ‘I’m Above’, ‘Lifeless Dead’.
Although the grunge wave is all but spent now (it’s been a while), it never ceases to amaze me how many grunge bands seamlessly merge into one another, like diffusing colours of a VIBGYOR spectrum that only reminds us it’s all eventually black and white.
Mad Season was a supergroup formed by the members of various Seattle grunge bands, most notably Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains. But good things can’t last long. Too much powder in this bullet meant that the band could only release one half-cooked album that promised a lot more than it ever delivered.
Tracks like ‘River of Deceit’, however, are still good enough to evoke some solid grunge aura, right in the league of Soundgarden.
Essential Albums: ‘Skin Yard’, ‘1000 Smiling Knuckles’, ‘Start at the Top’.
Essential Tracks: ‘She Shook Me Cold’, ‘1000 Smiling Knuckles’, ‘Psychoriflepowerhypnotised’.
Soundgarden and Skin Yard were true contemporaries, great colleagues and frequent collaborators – before Soundgarden chose to go all-out mainstream, that is. In many ways, fans who felt betrayed by this paradigm shift still worship Skin Yard today, but I can assure you that there aren’t many left.
Being constant competitors, their styles rubbed off on each other’s music. Most remarkably, ‘Skin Yard’ (1987) had an enormous influence on the loved-and-hated ‘Ultramega OK’ (1988) by Soundgarden.
Grunge is Seattle and Seattle is grunge – there are no two ways about it.
But how do rockers in other parts of the US – and, indeed the rest of the world – channel their dissent?
That’d be worth finding out! And, by the way, the bands that follow are still active and touring. Good news, yeah?
Essential Albums: ‘Days of the New’, ‘The Crow: Salvation’.
Essential Tracks: ‘Shelf in the Room’, ‘Touch, Peel and Stand’, ‘Face of the Earth’.
The last place you could hope to find a grunge band is a mid-sized town in Kentucky, famous for its steakhouses and Blues masters. But then again, there are exceptions to all rules.
Days of the New, formed in 1995 in Louisville with a generous dose of Midwestern calibre to boot, has defied many odds to end up with a solid repertoire, spearheaded ably by the all-round genius of Travis Meeks.
Although they don’t have too much to show for their efforts, lend an ear to now-classics like ‘Shelf in the Room’, and I’m pretty sure you’ll be seeing shades of Soundgarden in the ways they use hooks and bridges.
Essential Albums: ‘Strap It On’, ‘Meantime’, ‘Size Matters’.
Essential Tracks: ‘Unsung’, ‘In the Meantime’, ‘Give It’.
Balance is the way of nature, and perhaps, that’s the reason behind the rise and growth of Helmet.
Born out of a sheer need to balance the West Coast’s dominance on the grunge scene, Helmet brought the needle back on the neutral, making sure that the scales aren’t tipped westwards.
Page Hamilton – the man, the riff and the voice of Helmet – has single-handedly carried the band for over two decades, matching Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, stroke for stroke.
That’s right! Take the floor like you mean it!
If you still need more avenues to to vent some pent-up angst, there’s hardly any better company than Soundgarden and similar bands listed above. But that dose might not suffice one and all. For further listening pleasures, you can explore the rushed genius of Mad Season, the thumping harmony (or lack thereof) of Tad, and some tunes from Down Under by Silverchair.
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