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The Pacific Northwest rock scene of the 1980s was a hotbed of creativity,
with a multitude of bands developing uncommon sounds in relative geographic
isolation. Living was cheap and a band had the time to play and grow,
unconstrained by any set musical standards of conformity. A rock generation
preceding the grunge groups that put the Pacific Northwest on the rock map,
Variant Cause was an odd combination of disparate personalities
who came together to create a brand new sound.
Any given week throughout the 80s you could find them performing their
neoteric rock somewhere: at an armory dance, a DIY loft party or an
intimate rock club. In Seattle; Spokane; Bellingham; Salem; Portland;
Moscow; Tacoma and all points in between. They were the local opening
act for Iggy Pop, Nico, Ian Hunter, the Godfathers and the Blasters.