Back in the '90s, the idea that members of Seattle's so-called grunge scene and members of Guns N' Roses would ever mix would have seemed pretty far-fetched. (Who can forget the Axl/Courtney Love beef?) But it's 2013, and the notion that a band like GNR and Screaming Trees are radically different seems pretty dated now. Jeff Angell, Seattle-based singer and guitarist, managed to bring those two scenes together when he recruited the Trees' Barrett Martin and GNR's Duff McKagan for the new band The Walking Papers. The band caught up with Matt for the latest episode of The Hivecast with Matt Pinfield -- and they talk about some of those grunge-era beefs.
"Being in Seattle, we were out there working hard every day, and at night we looked forward to playing music every day," Angell recalls. "And for a bunch of young guys to get that much attention, I think it gets to be too much. We were kind of out there swinging a hammer, like, 'I don't know what those guys are so bummed out about!' We were working real hard, slaving on the job site every day, but at that time there was a lot of anti-'star' thing going on. They got a whole shit-storm delivered to them with the press, and the 'grunge,' and the whole hype -- there was a whole movie made on that. And I was like, 'I dunno, man, if we could get to just play music all day, that would be pretty cool.' We were like, 'I dunno what those guys are bitching about. Maybe we should have 'em come out for a day of packing lumber in the snow before band practice. That might change their attitude a little bit.'"
To learn more about the formation of the band and how the personalities mix, check out the latest episode of the Hivecast. [Download & subscribe to the Hivecast via iTunes.]