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The 90s music scene was laced with sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll - as well as the death of Kurt Cobain. It was also a time of great music (if you have any musical taste, that is). The Seattle sound was running rampant — and it was a sound you either loved (if you’re cool) or hated (if you’re a complete square). Not much in the musical world has compared since — but from time to time a band comes out that brings back that sound in some way, shape, or form.
The Soft Underground is like a throwback to the 90s grunge and post-grunge music that was made popular by bands like Nirvana, Screaming Trees, Soundgarden, and Stone Temple Pilots. This is the music I would have been listening to in the 90s, in the prime teens and twenties of my life.
Currently, I am digging their single release, “Rachel.” It’s a grungy tune laced with fuzzy guitar tracks, erratic drumming, and vocals that are reminiscent of the late, great Chris Cornell. Not really a stoner rock song, but I can feel just a touch of that genre in here as well (which also makes me delighted to be listening).
“Rachel” is an excellent track that will be on the band’s new LP, Morning World, which is coming out late July.
About The Soft Underground
The Soft Underground is an NYC-based band. As I’ve said, they are somewhat of a tribute to the 90s alternative scene - and they seem to be categorized as Alt-rock. Their press release describes them as a combination of shoegaze and more (a term I only recently started hearing, but have found I am a fan of the music falling under this “genre” moniker).
The Soft Underground came together in 2010, made up of drummer Andrew McCarty and guitarist Charlie Hickey. They bring on guest vocalists for their songs, and they worked with “Nick Redmond (Star & Micey), Brannon Barnett (The StoneCoats) and Rick Steff (Lucero, The Afghan Whigs, Hank Williams Jr.),” according to their bio.
Morning World is the band’s sophomore album.
My Honest Opinion
The entire time this track was playing I was lost in thoughts of the movie “Singles.” It’s one of my favorite 90s flicks, full of great music that this song sounds so much like. It’s seriously a song that will have you time traveling in your mind to a different decade. Grunge is not dead.
The beat to this track is a catchy one, even though it has that fuzzy guitar mellow rock sound — it still makes you want to sway and groove. I give this album no less than 5 stars out of 5, probably more if there were more to give. I’d hold up a sign that says “10”... because it’s that good. I can’t wait to hear what the rest of the album sounds like.
If you’re a fan of 90s music — you’re missing the likes of Cornell and Layne Staley — this track will give you comfort, and a warm and fuzzy feeling inside.
Check out “Rachel” by clicking this LINK.
If you like this music review, please take a moment to check out some more of my reviews of awesome tunes here on vocal and on Side Stage Magazine. I have new reviews up almost weekly. You’ll find an array of musical genres covered, so you’re bound to find something you like.