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You may be familiar with Seattle’s iconic grunge music scene pioneered by local bands such as Malfunkshun and March of Crimes. You may not know that many other accomplished bands have emerged from the island.  Diverse in style, they all shared an intrepid DIY approach.

The Story


Bands play in private homes, on porches, and in garages and barns.


Although the punk subgenres — hardcore, horror, straightedge— feature prominently, the scene was influenced by a wide range of musical styles. Many musicians have formal musical training; others are self-taught, learning whatever instrument is needed to round out a band.


Bainbridge Island teens compose and produce their own music, book and manage concerts and design band graphics.


The musicians and fans promote a close community, welcoming and supporting teens who do not identify with or who feel marginalized from mainstream Bainbridge Island culture.

The independent teen music scene is not monolithic; it’s eclectic and ever-changing. Bands form and evolve with different players and many teens align with multiple projects. Some bands embrace a punk sound and ethos. Others lean towards glam rock or metal. Influenced by new wave, folk, electro, reggae, punk and classic rock, each band synthesizes its own sound.

Hear from the Musicians

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Ryan Mathews,

Apparitions 2013

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Dylan Kerbrat,

The Displacements 1995

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Jonathan Evison,

March of Crimes, Ca 1985

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Alexandra Crockett,

Corralexion Nesht 1999