For the past decade, the Inlander
has selected five (or so) bands per year that you should be watching
. These are the bands proving how original and talented the local music scene is. Ten years in, we’re checking in on our past Bands to Watch, formerly known as Buzzworthy Bands. Just scanning through the list of old names should bring back memories of venues and concerts past. We’ll be the first to admit that many of these bands have long broken up, but other artists have gone on to move past the Spokane rock scene and many are performing at this year's Volume.
: A hard-edged instrumental three-piece that’s now broken up, scattered into the wind.
Belt of Vapor
: The Spokane band is as loud as ever, still kickin’ up mischief around town.
Locke & the Chris Wilson 5
: The funk-jazz-hop oufit has since parted ways.
Broken up, but Patrick O’Neill moved to Seattle and started Like Lions, which now tours here.
Burns Like Hellfire
: Gone but resurrected later in some capacity as Silver Treason.
Flee the Century
: A wild, heavy electronic-rock act that reunites occasionally, including for this year’s Volume, which kicks off a mini Northwest tour.
The members of this rock four-piece have all gone their separate ways.
A rock ’n’ roll trio that is no longer together.
: A dance-rock outfit that’s since moved on to other projects.
: They toured nationally and released a record on Rise Records, but are now broken up.
Cyrus Fell Down
: Broken up, but frontman David Plell moved to Seattle and continues to make strange music.
For Years Blue
: They won Seattle's Sound Off battle of the bands competition, played Bumbershoot and then parted ways.
Mistress & the Misters
: The strange-rock band has since broken up.
: The local DJ has since moved to Germany, where he works as a studio engineer and is affiliated with the Red Bull Music Academy.
: The California band lived in Spokane for a while, then moved to Portland and are still going strong, with just one of their original members.
The Spokane si nger-songwriter now calls Portland, Los Angeles and Nashville her homes, and has opened for bands including The Head and the Heart and the Lumineers.
The former Inlander
staffer is no longer actively playing shows.
Oil of Angels
: An Earth-shatteringly loud band that is now broken up.
: Yes, he won the distinction twice, which is now strictly against the rules.
: Moved to Seattle and started the folk act & Yet, which regularly performs at the Bartlett.
: In just five years, she’s become Karli Ingersoll, leader of Cathedral Pearls and the Bartlett and her new solo project Windoe.
Please Draw In Me:
Renamed Bandit Train, a group that still performs around town regularly.
The Booze Fighters
: The blues group reunited for one show last year, but they’re no longer together.
A crowd favorite who have since broken up.
Henry Nordstrom & Vaughn Wood:
The group is called Dead Serious Lovers now.
Cure All Remedy (Readers’ Choice)
: The jazz/soul/rock band has gone their separate ways.
Still doing her cool rapping thing, she's now a part of the hip-hop duo the Muzes, which is performing at this year’s Volume.
: Now a part of the indie rock band the Bight, which plays this year’s Volume.
Space Opera 77
: The rock opera group is now broken up.
The ferocious four-piece is no longer together.
: Still as loud and as hard as ever, performing around town.
: Still going strong; playing their country-tinged music at this year’s Volume.
Whiskey Dick Mountain
: The band recently reunited and is appearing at this year’s Volume.
The rapper, also known as K. Clifton, is still letting his lyrics loose around Spokane and plays this year’s Volume under the moniker roam (a two-piece with Blvck Ceiling).
The beatmaster now known as Blvck Ceiling plays this year’s Volume with roam.
Broken up, but Marshall McLean has gone on to start another project.
: Last year’s Volume was the horror-folk band’s final show.
: They put out a new record last year and have recently announced that their last show is at Mootsy's July 18.
The band is still loud and proud and playing this year’s Volume.
Tim Blood & the Gutpanthers:
While there was one crazy evening last August when the band got back together, they are now broken up.
: The psychedelic rock group is still very much a band, releasing brand-new music in February.
: DJ Jordan Magnuson moved to Portland a couple of years ago.
The stoner-punk three-piece continues on, playing this year’s Volume.
: The roaring, in-your-face instrumental band has gone its separate ways.
The hip-hop collective continues to make waves in the local scene.
Ian L. Miles
: Moved to Whidbey Island but is back in town for this year’s Volume.
: Moved from Moscow to Portland and are doing crazy music videos and shows there.
: After one of their founding members moved to Portland, the band has continued on and are performing at this year’s Volume.
: The rock band allegedly is on hiatus.
Sam Platts & the Kootenai Three
: Moved to Wyoming, where they continue to tear it up.
: The rock three-piece has officially broken up.
: Still rocking hard and are featured in this year’s Volume.
Marshall McLean Band
Flannel Math Animal