In 1991, a Spokane band called the Makers roared onto the indie music scene, dressed in vintage finery and playing cocky garage rock—both in stark contrast to grunge’s plaid-clad depression. Behind charismatic singer Michael Maker, the band became known for a clannish intensity. (Though only two were brothers, all four members used the last name Maker.) At their peak, the Makers attracted an international following and released three albums on Sub Pop, the era’s flagship Northwest label. Today Maker, who at one point sold retro T-shirt designs to MTV, co-owns a venerated vintage store on NW 23rd Avenue called Pop-Up Shoppe. He still performs with the Makers and other bands—but he’s currently most excited about the music he’s making with his 9-year-old son, Harry.
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