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.