Grunge (sometimes referred to as the Seattle sound) is an alternative rock genre and subculture which emerged
during the mid-1980s in the U.S. state of Washington, particulary in Seattle and nearby towns. Grunge fuses elements of Punk and Heavy Metal,
but without Punk's structure and speed. The genre featured the distorted electric guitar sound used in both genres, although some bands
preformed with more emphasis on one or the other. Like these genres, Grunge typically used electric guitar, bass guitar, drums and vocals.
Grunge also incorporates influences from Indie Rock bands such as Sonic Youth. Lyrics are typically angst-filled and introspective, often
addressing themes such as social alienation, self-doubt, neglect, betrayal, social and emotional isolation, addiction, psychological trauma and a desire for freedom.