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Witch Gardens plays Reverb Fest 's NY Fashion Academy stage at 9:30 p.m. this Saturday, October 8.
This post is part of the special Reverb

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Witch Gardens' Beth Corry: "Seattle Has Earned and Successfully Maintained a Reputation for Being a Great Music City."

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Witch Gardens plays Reverb Fest's NY Fashion Academy stage at 9:30 p.m. this Saturday, October 8.
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?

Witch Gardens' Beth Corry: I'd say the grunge explosion did the Seattle scene many favors. Because of all of the musical activity here in the '90s, the city has essentially been set up to support and encourage musicians here. Between the vast community of musicians we have here and the support surrounding them, I think we have a lot to thank the grunge explosion for.

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

Absolutely. Although grunge was a passing trend in some ways, to me it still sounds exactly like what Seattle feels like, and I think there are a lot of bands around today that embody that Seattle and Pacific Northwest sound. The underground/DIY music scene in Seattle is so diverse though that it certainly has all that and more going on right now.

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

Witch Gardens is about as poppy as they come these days, so while we're huge fans of Nirvana, I can't say that it rubbed off on us much!

How do you describe the Seattle sound today?

The Seattle sound today is diverse, multifaceted, creative, fun, inspirational, and incredibly rich. I'd say that a lasting legacy of the grunge explosion is the fact that Seattle has earned and successfully maintained a reputation for being a great music city! Though the bands don't sound the same, we are upholding the tradition of making our city proud.

What were you doing on October 8, 1991?

Probably reading Dr. Seuss and dreaming of my future music career.

Footnote: Witch Gardens' Reverb Questionnaire was originally answered by the band's guitarist, Casey Catherwood. The quality of his answers forced us to turn to Corry for some more logical, fit for print insight. Here, for the first time, are Casey Catherwood's Reverb Questionnaire Lost Scrolls:

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

CC: You know, Erin, I think it has a legacy. Sure, when you phrase it like that, the grunge explosion seems tremendous! It certainly made some heads turn, but to focus so intensely on it would be a slap in the face to a far more RELEVANT Pacific NW explosion that brought the house down 11 years earlier in our fine state's history!

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

I bet you didn't know that when Mt. St. Helens exploded in 1981, that the volcanic ash spread to eleven states! I don't care how big of contracts your Nirvanas and Mother Love Bones were rolling in, the great volcanic explosion caused $1.1 billion in property damage! If you don't think that left a dark mark on our fair state's economy, you're living in a dream world!

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

I think, in a lot of ways, Witch Gardens wears the events of the past like a thick robe of memories. From the Gulf War to the election of Russian president, Boris Yeltsin, our band always keeps our past close to our hearts in order to better maneuver the future!

How do you describe the Seattle sound today?

The Seattle sound is certainly a colorful one! On any given day, the ear of your average Seattleite is peppered with the sound of children laughing, the calming din of the South Lake Union Trolley, a bird chirping over its nest of eggs, and a Witch Gardens song on the stereo!

What were you doing on October 8, 1991?

Watching the San Jose Sharks beat the Calgary Flames 4-3, laughing at the insightful humor of Jerry Seinfeld on the Arsenio Hall Show, and wishing my parents were not getting a divorce! It was a great day to be alive!

 
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