Mr. Dinkles, a power punk duo made up of Mac Rettig and Gretchen Elliot, met at School of Rock in Seattle. The two were always more interested in rocking out than high school drama, so they linked up and started writing songs about it. With influences like the Dead Kennedys, TacoCat, Bikini Kill, Rush, and SWMRS, the two pair classic punk with current pop melodies, loud crunchy guitars, and catchy lyrics you can scream all day long.
"It's kind of inspiring," Gretchen says of Mr. Dinkles' inclusion as one of 12 Sound Off! semifinalists selected from an initial slate of 120-plus 21-and-under Pacific Northwest bands. "I didn't really know there were this many bands in Seattle, at least around our age, which is neat. It's inspiring and kind of wack, but it's a good time."