The Grunge Revival

The Grunge Revival

The genre that would rather be dead than cool may just be coming back.
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Ah, grunge - a decade-defining genre that had the unique feature of not actually being about what the music sounded like - though growling vocals, distorted guitars, and nonsensical lyrics were generally present - and more about being where the bands were from.

Whether you fall into the Pearl Jam or Nirvana or 'both of those bands are too mainstream, I like Mud Honey and the Melvins and Sonic Youth' camp, there's no denying that Nirvana especially defined the genre for not only the 1990s, but the 2000s, and the 2010s, and their sound is present in nearly every post-grunge-Nirvana-wannabe. Nirvana's sound is what dragged rock music out of hair metal and changed everything that came after it. And, unfortunately, Nirvana was cut short in April of 1994.

But now... maybe Nirvana is back.

Or at least grunge music. Grunge bands are popping up all over YouTube and Twitter, and what really makes it grunge isn't the near-identical-to-Nirvana - I'm looking at you, Socotra, with your three-piece, are we certain this isn't just a Nirvana B-side? - or placing 'grunge' in their Twitter bio - hello, InCrest - it's the fact that it seems like nobody knows about these bands.

Grunge is really just a fancy term to talk about rock bands from Seattle in the late '80s and early '90s. A name to describe an aesthetic that's about not really caring about what you look like or how other people perceive you. But it has become something more, and the true spirit of grunge lies outside of the mainstream. The true spirit of grunge lies within bands like Socotra who have less than a hundred Instagram followers. Who, maybe, use the repetitive lyrics and same guitar sounds of Nirvana, but who do so without trying to sound like Nirvana - they just sound like Nirvana. And I'm not going to complain about having a Nirvana, because I never really got Nirvana. I might own twelve Nirvana shirts and I might have Kurt Cobain's face plastered all over my side of the dorm,but Nirvana was never really mine.

And grunge as an idea is something that I think is ideal. Grunge is about not caring what people think of you. That's the ideal end for grunge. That is it. And when everything's about having the most likes on a photo, grunge is something that could save current popular culture.

And when rock is becoming more poppy, more electronic, sometimes with rap, a Seattle-y sound, even if the bands come from the UK or California rather than actually coming from Seattle, is fantastic. Although it didn't start out as a type of music but a geographically-based genre name, grunge did turn into something. And it turned into something beautiful. And then it died. It died with Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley and, most recently, Scott Weiland - as greatly grunge as they are, Eddie Vedder and Chris Cornell can't carry the grunge hat by themselves. And it's a genre of music too good to let die.

And with these underground artists like Socotra and InCrest, grunge can not only be resurrected with their sound, but with their less-popular followings. It's not too long before one of them breaks into the mainstream. The explosion of post-grunge, where bands would use the basic style but make it a little bit more easily digestable for the general public, is essentially over. The dust has settled, all of the pieces of the bomb have been found. While grunge changed rock music from hair metal, it's now changed to be more electronic - even formerly post-grunge bands like Three Days Grace have gone electronic, holding auto-tuning devices up to their mouths at concerts and having all the beeps and boops associated with more industrial music.

But grunge is posed for a revival, and I plan to be there when it rises from the grave.

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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Poetry On Odyssey: I was I am

A poem for those struggling with who they were.

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it seems almost like a page

in someone else's book now


how there was

a time that i thought

i could have been happy

with someone like you


a million years before

i knew who i was

and that i should mean so much more

than i ever did to you


i almost can't remember

the way you held your elbows or

the way you said the letter o or

the way you told me goodnight


it seems now

that all i can recall

are my relentless tears and

the fear that this was the love

that everyone spoke about


the fear that this

was what id have to live with

for the rest of my life


i remember those late nights

just you and i

you always got what you wanted

i was always too afraid to upset you

looking back i wonder why

i couldnt leave you then


but you kept me

my misery maintained until

i felt like nothing


that night was the record scratch

When I knew my life

Shouldn't be like this.


It wasn't until I finally broke our ties

That I started to remember

Who I am.

But my mind is clear now.

I can remember

How strong I am,

How perfectly happy I am

On my own.


It seems almost like a page

In someone else's book now.


You're finally fading away.

I just wish my scars could fade as quickly.

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