It must have been something to be a marginalized Rock musician in Seattle in 1993, right when Grunge's popularity was skyrocketing and Kurt Cobain's suicide had yet to cast a pall over the scene.
Dylan Carlson, guitarist of (mostly) instrumental titans Earth, was once such a person. In '93, his band released its first LP, Earth 2: Special Low Frequency Version, a crushing behemoth of glacial, distant guitar lines.
(Songs started at 15 minutes long and only rose from there.) The guy might have been laying the groundwork for the gloomy, obscure hues of Doom, Drone and Sludge Metal practiced by tons of bands nowadays, but not everyone was a fan.
"At the time, MTV were showing up to film anything even vaguely associated with Seattle," Carlson remembers. The network taped an Earth performance in front of an unusual crowd. "The audience was this whole row of Metal dudes who were flipping me off."
Seattle's Earth swings by Southgate House Sunday. Go here to read Reyan Ali's full Sound Advice.