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Variant Cause Jan Gregor Mark Fenton Greg Morlan Ryco Frank Holman 1980s Pacific Northwest modern rock

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.

Variant Cause modern alternative rock Pacific Northwest Seattle

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.

2006 except where noted
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