Nirvana Bassist Krist Novoselic’s New Band is Playing Portland

Giants in the Trees formed after a jam session in rural Washington just over the river from Astoria, where Novoselic has lived for years.

Dave Grohl is playing arenas. Kurt Cobain's still dead. And now, we've finally got something to report about that other guy from Nirvana.

Bassist Krist Novoselic has started a new band. It's called Giant in the Trees, and has just released its first single. Check out the video.

If that lush setting looks vaguely familiar, that's because it was likely filmed somewhere not too far from Portland. Novoselic has lived on a farm in Western Wahkiakum County, Wash., just over the river from Astoria, for years, and he met the other members of Giants in the Trees through an open jam session in the nearby town of Skamokawa, Wash. According to the band's Facebook page, it is "inspired by the environment and culture of the Lower Columbia River."

So far, the band—which mixes buzzing alt-rock guitars with folk instrumentation including banjo, harmonica and Novoselic's beloved accordion—has mostly played low-profile gigs around its home state, such as the Wahkiakum County Fair and a fundraiser for the Skamokawa Grange Hall. Now, the quartet is hitting the road, making the drive to Portland to play the Fixin' To in St. Johns on Aug. 18. Tickets are $7 at the door.

The band actually played the club—which, if you haven't been, is pretty awesome—back in February. Here's a short preview of what this upcoming gig will look like: