Red Jacket Mine's Lincoln Barr: 'The '90s Took the Hump Right Out of Rock, I'm Afraid'

Red Jacket Mine joins 70 other Seattle bands at SW's Reverb Local Music Festival on Saturday, October 8. They play the Tractor at 3 p.m.
This post is part of the special Reverb Questionnaire series in which we ask local bands to discuss the legacy of the Seattle music explosion of 1991, as well as the class of 2011.

SW: What do you think the legacy of the 1991 grunge explosion is for the Seattle scene?

Red Jacket Mine's Lincoln Barr: Well, most of the characters are still kicking around and playing in bands - many of them quite good - so that's one legacy. Pick up a VCR at Value Village, pop in your long-neglected copy of Hype!, and see how many folks you recognize from the previous night's show at the Sunset.

Do you hear many influences of the sound in today's bands?

While there seems to be an emphasis on kinder, gentler sounds right now, I think you can draw a pretty straight line (through Mr. Elliott Smith and host of pretenders) back to the '91 sound. The melodies and rhythms are decidedly white, for the most part, and 'feelings' are still the primary lyrical focus. The '90s took the hump right out of rock, I'm afraid.

In what ways are your band influenced by the 1991 sound?

We try to ignore music made after 1982 or so. I've heard that listening to too much music made during your lifetime will make you go blind, and I'm not about to take that chance.

How do you describe the Seattle sound today?

Anything goes. Lots of great music being made in every genre imaginable. That doesn't necessarily mean anyone will come to see you, but I'd bet there were some quiet nights at the Vogue back in '91, too.

What were you doing on October 8, 1991

Stealing my parents' Marvin Gaye's Greatest Hits tape for a recess listening session at Millersville Elementary School. I was in third grade. My classmates were confused. Little has changed.

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