In 1986, about a year before Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic formed Nirvana, their future drummer Dave Grohl was bashing around in a D.C. garage with the alt-punk outfit Dain Bramage. And recently, eight songs from the group's Laundry Room sessions demo were unearthed and posted on Antiquiet.com.
Reminiscent of bands like Husker Du and Dinosaur Jr, Dain Bramage released a pair of cassette demos and the I Scream Not Coming Down album before breaking up less than two years after they formed. The group named the Laundry Room demo after the studio Grohl recorded in from the age of 14 with his first band, Mission Impossible.
While Grohl's best work was certainly ahead of him, Laundry Room offers eclectic glimpses of greatness. "Space Cat" is equally aggressive and melodic, "Watching It Bake" is melancholy and folk-tinged, and "Bend" is weird and unhinged, abundant with scratchy guitar leads and psychotic half-spoken vocals. Then there's the psychedelic wah-wah saturated "Cheyenne" and a faithful rendition of Grand Funk Railroad's "We're an American Band."
Grohl left Dain Bramage to play with Scream, which he remained with until he joined Nirvana in 1990. The other members of Dain Bramage, frontman Reuben Radding and bassist Dave Smith, continued to play with various other drummers, but didn't release any other material. "After you've spent a couple years with Dave Grohl as your drummer, it's easy to feel like no other drummer exists," said Radding, who is now a successful photographer.