So while his erstwhile Nirvana colleague Dave Grohl goes rampaging around the with Foo Fighters, the band’s former bassist Krist Novoselic has been quietly working his new band Giants In The Trees. And now that things have been neatly assembled, the band are sharing their debut song, ‘Sasquatch’.
Giants In The Trees feature Novoselic on bass and accordion, Jillian Raye on banjo, bass and vocals, Ray Prestagard on guitar and harmonica and Erik Friend on drums. Based in Wahkiakum County, Washington, the band says they’re “…inspired by the environment and culture of the Lower Columbia River.”
Going on to describing themselves, the band continues: “The band is not offended by terms like schmaltz. On the other hand, there are heavy groove numbers, screaming slide guitar and accordion. There is even an anthem - so raise your arms with the phone flashlights.”
Judging by ‘Sasquatch’, which you can see below, they’re not wrong. It’s a track that encompasses elements of blues and folk with a hint of psychedelia and all unsurprisingly wrapped up in a sound redolent of the early 90s when big shorts, long hair and paid shirts were de rigeur. See what you think:
Joking about the video on YouTube, Novoselic wrote: "I bought the property the video is filmed on. To pay for the production I cut all the trees and am now building a golf course on the land.”
As for the band’s formation, they wrote on their Facebook page saying: “The band first met for a casual jam in the Skamokawa Grange Hall last spring. The players wasted no time at all composing their first two songs on that first day.
“They were hooked to the music and a band was born. Eventually, as more material was produced, the group started playing shows such as the Wahkiakum County Fair and a special benefit raising over $2,400 for needed repairs to the Grange Hall.”