If you’re into American garage rock, there’s no way in hell that you’ve not heard of the Sonics. They came out of Tacoma, Washington, in 1960 and were immediately recognized (ostracized?) for their hard-edge, distorted attitude towards rock.
They weren’t exactly commercially successful but they had a huge influence on a ton of grunge bands (Nirvana and Pearl Jam, especially), later proto-punkers (The Stooges, the MC5) and post-punkers (The Fall, The Cramps). Even Springsteen was a fan. They hung together until the late 60s and sporadically reunited until it became a full-time thing again in 2007. In 2015, they released This Is the Sonics, their first album of new material in 35 years. “The Witch” is a classic from 1964.