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Vinyl LP pressing. Archive release, a lost album recorded in the '90s by the original members of the alt-metal/grunge band. Found Recordings is proud to announce the lost third album from Seattle grunge pioneers Gruntruck. Featuring 11 unreleased tracks recorded and produced by Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden), and Martin Feveyear (Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age, Mudhoney), this blistering album captures the heady days of the Seattle music scene at it's peak. Fans of the genre will be treated to a rare opportunity to relive an important musical era with all-new studio recordings. Gruntruck was formed in 1989 in Seattle, Washington by vocalist Ben McMillan and drummer Norman Scott, both previously from early grunge pioneers Skin Yard.
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For what it's worth, and I need to make this point - when discussing grunge, music writers and fans of grunge automatically lump Nirvana into the scene. They were no more grunge than the Bay City Rollers. Lazy writers fail to acknowledge that Nirvana was a band primarily influenced by punk and '80's hardcore. Kurt Cobain said so repeatedly. They hired second guitarist Pat Smear from the punk band The Germs out of L.A. And one only has to listen to Husker Du, around the time of "Zen Arcade" or its followup "New Day Rising" to understand where Nirvana was coming from.
This is mentioned because I want to state that Gruntruck were and are my favorite grunge band. That means Nirvana is not included in the comparison.
"Gruntruck" was released several years after their second and best album "Push", a very heavy punishing album that had much more in common with metal than anything else - huge Sabbath style riffs, chopping rhythm guitars and very expressive vocals from the late leader of the band, Ben McMillan, who sadly passed away from diabetes complications in 2008. While the album doesn't match the intensity and thunder of "Push", it does give us insight to where they were headed. Still plenty heavy, the emphasis on this album was more focused songwriting. Guitars were going into some somewhat more accessible areas without compromising their style, and McMillan was a bit less frantic.
While their debut "Inside Yours" is probably their weakest album, with lots of work to do, "Gruntruck" falls into a niche of its own. The songs will grow on you, and again, while it isn't "Push", it definitely shows the band was growing, not afraid to evolve and sadly we won't know what could have been, as their songwriting skills were very good, and they were easily able to shake the grunge tag. Hats off to those involved who saw to it this last batch of songs was released. It's very likely Gruntruck are the great overlooked band to come out of the Seattle grunge scene.