Dave Grohl Reveals Why Grunge Got Dark: ‘It Messes With Your Psyche’

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Former Nirvana drummer and current Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl discussed the Seattle Grunge scene in a new PBS interview. Alternative Nation transcribed his comments.

“Now it’s just the touch of a button, and some kid in his basement can let the world hear his latest masterpiece that he recorded in his bathroom. I think that’s amazing. That’s the kind of independence and distribution we dreamed of when we were kids.

As far as it sort of changing the regional aspect of things, I don’t think so, because I do think there’s still different accents, and there’s still different flavors, and there’s still different tempos. Go spend a good winter in Seattle. That oppressive, grey drizzle. I mean it completely messes with your psyche, and if you’re a musician, your shit is going to get dark (laughs). It just will.”

He also said about Foo Fighters, “Nobody told me what to do back then because nobody cared what I was doing. Now, still, nobody tells us what to do because we’ve just built this sort of fortress around our band so it’s protected by us.”

Watch the full interview below.