Pity poor Layne Staley. The Alice In Chains frontman overdosed 10 years ago following a long struggle with heroin addiction. He’d hardly been seen in public for the last four years of his life. Now, word comes that two previously-unheard Staley tracks are going to be come to light – in a Jason Biggs movie.
Grassroots, based on the book of the same title, is the true story of a Grant Cogswell, a Seattle music critic that gets involved in running for city council. The film has been in the works since 2010, when KEXP/Seattle morning show host John Richards was one of three chosen to be music supervisors of the film. “The soundtrack is a love affair with Seattle,” Richards said then. “It will be the sound of Seattle 2001, the kind of music Grant would have been listening to, mixed in with some of the best indie bands playing in Seattle today.” We’ve got a call into Richards for more information as to how the Staley tracks came to light, but for now, check out the trailer.