A few months ago we put out the word for contributors to join the fashiongrunge.com team. Since we are gearing up to start a print magazine, it’s time to add some new blood to the site. I feel it’s always better when you involve a community of sorts. That’s really what we have become here in the past few years.
Introducing the newest music contributor, Lindsey Propst:
Lindsey is a 22 yr old recent college graduate from West Virginia. Since graduating with a degree in Chemistry/Biology last fall from Bridgewater College she’s been working on exploring her love for the grunge scene in the early 90s and today. Stay tuned for more of her findings in the music world…
“Grunge Resurgence” by Lindsey Propst
Although Pearl Jam has consistently continued to produce music since their formation in 1991, most of the other staple grunge bands broke up and faded into music history. In the past few years, however, many of the original ‘90s bands have returned to the music scene. (Thank goodness!) Bands such as Bush, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, and Alice in Chains have returned from the respective hiatuses and have released new music.
Bush remained active in from their formation in 1992 until their breakup in 2002. During this time, Bush produced four albums. After their breakup, lead singer Gavin Rossdale, worked on a solo project as well as trying his hand at acting. In 2010 Bush released their fifth album The Sea of Memories. Bush are currently in studio working on a follow-up to their return album.
Soundgarden was one of the most influential bands of the early 1990s. Although they were active years before the grunge movement exploded out of Seattle, Soundgarden didn’t achieve major commercial success until 1994’s Superunknown was released. Due to tension within the band, Soundgarden disbanded in 1997. During the band’s hiatus, Chris Cornell worked with supergroup Audioslave as well as working on several solo projects. Drummer Matt Cameron, went on to play for another incredible grunge band: Pearl Jam. After reuniting in 2010, Soundgarden began work on King Animal, which was released in fall 2012.
The Smashing Pumpkins were without a doubt one of the most commercially successful alternative rock bands of the 1990s. The Chicago-based group produced 6 albums before disbanding in 2000. Even though singer Billy Corgan failed to reunite the original band in the mid-2000s, he continued to work on Smashing Pumpkins material releasing the album Zeitgeist in 2007 with a new line-up. The group then released another studio album called Oceania. The Smashing Pumpkins are currently working on another album with an expected release date in late 2013.
-Alice in Chains
Perhaps the heaviest of the Seattle grunge bands, Alice in Chains have overcome the greatest of obstacles to continue producing music. After the death of lead singer Layne Staley in 2002, it seemed impossible for an Alice in Chains reunion to ever occur. In 2008, however, Alice re-entered the studio with new lead singer William Duvall of the band Comes with the Fall. In 2009, Alice in Chains released their first album without Staley entitled Black Gives Way to Blue. By 2012 Alice in Chains began recording their fifth studio album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here which is set to be released in May 2013.