Hampf was a Seatte rock band founded by former Peace Corps Volunteers with the mission of bringing humor, rockin’ tunes, epic storytelling and sweet sweet harmonies to the Pacific Northwest. They met in Seattle after spending two years in the jungle: as they formed the band in 1990, they had no idea that Seattle was about to become world-famous for an entirely different style of music, and that Seattle clubs would soon be filled with grunge bands of every stripe, with little room in the local music scene for a bunch of wordy jokesters.
But they persisted and played their own style of music and developed a small but loyal following, out of the ranks of which some of them found mates. (True purpose of endeavor accomplished!) Their favorite bands also on the Seattle scene at the time included Albert Figures and Celibate Twist. Their favorite places to perform included the Tractor Tavern, the Emerald Diner and the OK Hotel.