Published Jul 29, 2015Fifteen years after their breakup, fans and critics have finally identified Seaweed as one of the great, underrated groups of the grunge era. Hailing from the alt-rock mecca of Washington State, Seaweed's sound was always too punk-centric to connect with fans of the Seattle scene, but by their fifth release, 1999's Actions and Indications, the quintet became aware of this fact, moving away from both punk and grunge to release the most varied and challenging album of their career.
After releasing albums with Sub Pop and Hollywood, Seaweed signed with Merge for their final LP, which has now been reissued on vinyl. Recorded at their home studio, Seaweed were open to experimentation on Actions and Indications, ditching their previous dynamic for less structured tracks like "Steadfast Shrine," "What Are We Taking?" and ballad "Stay Down." Packaged with three mostly throwaway bonus tracks ("Ghosts," "Choices Lost" and "Never"), Actions and Indications isn't the best place for curious listeners to start, but nevertheless works as a great bookend to Seaweed's nearly forgotten discography. (Merge)