From Ellensburg, across the Cascades from Seattle. The Trees developed their Mod/Psychedelic sound independent of the Seattle grungemeisters.
Originally consisting of Bellinghamers Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow, the Posies moved to Seattle in 1988 and immediately made a name for themselves.
From Tacoma, arguably the original garage band and an influence to many in the Northwest and worldwide.
From Aberdeen. You know the story.
(Half of) The Young Fresh Fellows
Scott McCaughey and Chuck Carroll moved up from the Bay Area with the Fellows concept already created. The Fellows became a band in 1983, eventually adding Seattleites Jim Sangster and Tad Hutchison. (That’s Hutchison, not Hutchinson.)
From Tacoma, Girl Trouble built upon the tradition laid by the Sonics.
Never really a Seattle band, the Melvins hailed from Montesano, then moved to the Bay Area in 1987.
The Mono Men
From Bellingham, continuing in the Northwest garage tradition.
(Three Fourths of) Mudhoney
Steve Turner came from Mercer Island, Mark Arm from Kirkland, and Matt Lukin from Montesano.