(Classic Rock) Alice In Chains' Mike Inez recalls the Seattle grunge scene of the 1990s as a "magical" place. The bassist says the city's musical movement differed from others because bands took the time to find their sound - and they weren't thrown together in an effort to land a big hit.
Inez tells Atlantic City Insiders: "The grunge thing is kind of weird. It wasn't a tag the bands put on themselves. The thing about Seattle that was really magical is that, in the Pacific North West, we're tucked up in a corner of the country. These bands were bands for a long time before they actually hit. Soundgarden, for instance, were a band for 10 years before they got a major label deal.
"So it wasn't like this cookie-cutter LA kind of mentality where you just put bands together and marketed it, or put it out there before the bands defined their sound. These bands had time to marinate and had this slow percolation up there.
"When everything took off we were all shot out of rockets - it was crazy. That's why we have such a good relationship with those bands still. All of us going through it at the same time; it was a mind blower for sure. more on this story