MUSIC WRITERS LOVE CATEGORIES, and Volume One sometimes fall into that trap. Every band has to fit into a genre and if it doesn’t we might label it some new-fangled jumble of words, like post-whatever-core. That genre-searching hits locales too. How many articles have been written about the Seattle sound in the early 90s or the Nashville sound or the Brooklyn sound?
Trust me, plenty.
So our goal was to figure out how you’d write that article for the Chippewa Valley, and the best way we came up with to do it was to ask the scene itself. We conducted nearly 50 interviews with musicians, fans, and producers – you name it – to ask them what they think the sound of the Eau Claire area is.