Tuesday, August 21, 2007
In the mid '90s (I'm guessing 1993-1995) The Goathouse became the main venue for house shows in Seattle. It was one of the first punk houses I remember started by the next generation a few years younger than me and my friends. Ty, who contributed a lot to 10 Things, had a younger sister that first lived in The Freedom House (I love the silly house names), and some of those people moved into what became the Goathouse, halfway between the Central District and U-District on 23rd. It was funny to watch the migration of the house shows there, they started out with no alcohol allowed inside and more emo bands like Christopher Robin, Red Stars Theory, Lunchpail and Area 51. I remember Pat and I being about the only people drinking between bands, and we were only allowed to drink in the back yard. Later after everyone in the house turned 21 it became less of a straight-edge haven and the shows had a lot more partying going on. Oh, and they added a trampoline to the backyard that made for some funny moments as well. I remember Northwest bands like the Murder City Devils, Modest Mouse, Behead The Prophet No Lord Shall Live and Submission Hold playing there, along with punk bands on national tours like The Pist, Toxic Narcotic and Los Crudos (pictured above).
I'd love for a longer list of shows that went down there if anyone has more details, it's a bit foggy for me, and I know I went to a couple dozen shows at the Goathouse.