Ya know, I had a lot of friends who were into these guys back in the day. I was never really a fan at that time though. I still can’t say I’m in love with them, but they do have some catchy and unique tunes.
Punk unit Seaweed formed in Tacoma, WA, in 1989. Singer Aaron Stauffer, fresh off a stint in the little-known Spook & the Zombies, founded the band with best friend Clint Werner, who assumed guitar duties. After the recruitment of guitarist Wade Neal, bassist John Atkins, and drummer Bob Bulgrien, Seaweed began playing clubs throughout the Pacific Northwest, in 1990 releasing its debut four-song single on Atkins‘ Leopard Gecko label; “Just a Smirk” followed that same year, and in 1991 the band issued the excellent “Deer Trap” as part of K Records’ ongoing International Pop Underground singles series. With their well-honed rhythmic hardcore approach, Seaweed proved an ideal fit for Seattle’s Sub Pop label, signing to the company to release 1991’s Despised EP, the band’s first collaboration with producer Jack Endino.