It's been 23 years since Krist Novoselic graced the stage with his band Nirvana, but he never abandoned music.
Novoselic's latest music project, Giants in the Trees, is gearing up to release a debut record. The group has played a slew of shows in the Pacific Northwest since forming early in 2016 in Wahkiakum County, Washington.
The quartet formed around Deep River, where Novoselic and fellow musicians Jillian Raye, Erik Friend and Ray Prestegard met to play music for the first time together at the Skamokawa Grange Hall.
Shortly afterward, the group started working on songs and booking small gigs. Now, Giants in the Trees, a line taken from one of the band's songs on its forthcoming album, will play Rainier Days in the Park Saturday evening, July 8.
"It is very organic and natural," Raye, lead vocalist for the group, says of the songwriting process.
But don't call it a jam band.
"We are writing songs," she says. "We're not just jamming for fun. We have moody, groovy really heavy songs, we have country-inspired songs ..."
The multi-instrumental background of each member gives the group a dynamic sound that sways from heavy, country and folk-inspired hooks to ethereal pop rock.
So far, fans have been lucky to catch Giants in the Trees in intimate, sometimes free venues.
"It's really exciting that Krist is just down to play these small shows," Raye says of Novoselic.
Since playing bass in Nirvana, Novoselic has contributed to a few of former bandmate Dave Grohl's projects, and delved into a handful of his own over the last two decades. He's also thrown his energy into politics, fighting everything from censorship bills and efforts that would restrict teens' access to music and live shows, to gerrymandering.
He's also involved with his local grange hall.
"Krist was involved in the grange and that was about one minute from my house," Raye notes. "We all live in about a 20- to 30-minute vicinity from each other."
The band uses a home recording studio and just finished filming its first video for the song "Sasquatch."
"I feel like if anyone can do it, the four of us can kind of do this from the ground up," Raye says. "We're gonna kind of just see what happens."