Seattle’s new tunnel-boring machine is named after Mudhoney

Mudhoney tunnel boring machine

The City of Seattle is now home to a tunnel boring machine, named for another treasure from Seattle: Mudhoney. Seattle’s Ship Canal Water Quality Project launched a crowdsourcing effort to name the machine, which will dig a tunnel to reduce the city’s sewer overflow efforts over the next four years. Mudhoney’s label, Sub Pop, helped to spread the word, launching a social media campaign to have fans vote for the name.

More than 30,000 people voted to name the machine, and Mudhoney ended up winning out over more than a thousand other suggestions. The band got to participate in the unveiling of the machine. Check out a video of the group with their namesake tunnel borer below.

Mudhoney’s latest album is 2018’s Digital Garbage.

Mudhoney are featured on our list, Sub Pop Records: 30 Years, 30 Tracks.

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