ASTORIA — Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic has a new band.
Rock band Giants in the Trees hails from Wahkiakum County, Washington, and the quartet finds inspiration from the environment and culture of the lower Columbia River.
Musicians Novoselic, Jillian Ray, Erik Friend and Ray Prestegard have created a sound that could best be described as ambient country with a heavy groove. But pigeon-holes are mere words — let the music do the talking.
Hear the band perform at 10 p.m. Saturday, March 18 at the Merry Time Bar & Grill, located at 995 Marine Drive in downtown Astoria. The bar is 21 and older, and there is no cover charge. Giants in the Trees will play original music for an hour or so.
The band first met for a casual jam in the Skamokawa Grange Hall last spring. The players wasted no time 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.