Report: Reunited Grunge Band CANDLEBOX Ignites New Fans

Michael Deeds of The Idaho Statesman reports: When CANDLEBOX decided to come out of retirement last year, the Seattle band was surprised not only by the size of its audiences but by the fans themselves.

CANDLEBOX knew its core demographic would be 25- to 40-year-olds looking to reminisce about grunge-era radio of the early '90s.

But who were all these teenage kids popping up at shows?

"They know who NIRVANA is," says singer Kevin Martin, who finds himself in the position of fronting an oldies band at the ripe old age of 38. "They know who PEARL JAM are. They're beginning to know who Chris Cornell is, SOUNDGARDEN.

"A very young generation — 18-year-old kids — are looking for music that's different than what they're hearing now, and they're finding that there's a real energy, a real aggressive type of music that happened in the early '90s. With that, they're finding the Seattle scene and whatnot. That's the only way that I can explain it.

"I'm just glad that it's working," he adds with a chuckle.

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