OK, we now have the KID IS GONE t-shirt up for sale!! This is from an original design we used on tour from the early 90's. It is actually a bit different than the bootlegs other people have been ripping off for years. So there!
Numero is taking pre-orders for the first in our series of four reissue boxsets:
There will be 1000 sets with a bonus LP featuring a ripping show in 2001 with Brandt behind the drumkit. In our opinion, it is one of the best live recordings of Unwound. Original art by Olympia artist Christopher Ross.
Earlier this year, obscurities and reissues label the Numero Group announced their plans to reissue the complete recordings of the Washington State post-hardcore act Unwound. Today, they've detailed the first box set in the reissue campaign. Kid Is Gone is a triple LP that collects the band's output from 1991-1992. It's out September 6.
Included in the compilation's 34 tracks are Unwound's 1992 self-titled debut album, plus demos, singles, radio sessions, and more.
Numero also plans to reissue 1993's Fake Train, 1994's New Plastic Ideas, 1995's The Future of What, 1996's Repetition, 1998's Challenge for a Civilized Society, and 2001's Leaves Turn Inside You.
by Brad Cohan
Tumwater, Washington, might not have turned out as much legendary music as Evergreen State cities like Seattle or Olympia, but it did birth two pioneers of sonic bludgeoning: The sludge-ripping Melvins disciples KARP and DIY art-punk heroes Unwound.
A decade or so after each of those bands melted down, both trios have more or less escaped M.I.A. status. KARP stars in the awesome yet tragic documentary on record and the tour circuit throughout the ’90s—have teamed up to bring their band back from the dead.
Guitarist/singer Justin Trosper, bassist Vern Rumsey, and drummer Sara Lund have launched a website replete with stories, pics, and video and released the double LP Live Leaves. A collection of live performances from their fall 2001 tour, the set features mostly tracks from Unwound’s apex, Leaves Turn Inside You. That album has aged mightily in the years since its 2001 release; its blackened, hallucinogenic dream-pop—awash in warped noise, monumental riffage, and tortured downer vocals—serves as a look at a band on the cusp of destructing.
In honor of Unwound’s return, I talked to Trosper, Rumsey, and Lund—as well as original Unwound drummer Brandt Sandeno (Leaves Turn Inside You contributor and keyboard player on the final tour), Live Leaves second guitarist David Scott Stone, and roadie David Wilcox—about the band’s last days, which found them touring in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.
Read the full text here unwoundarchive.com/blog/
Tune into KAOS 89.3 FM this Saturday (March 16th) to hear Survival Knife play some songs and chat. It's on the Campfire Island show starting at 10 PM.
March 20th in Olympia at the Northern with Lois and Deathfix (with Brendan Canty of Fugazi)
Check out this live guide put together by our friend Mike Ziegler
Hey Folks: Survival Knife is hitting the road in April.
With Modest Mouse...!!
10-Apr Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater w/MM
12-Apr Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell w/ Arrington Dionyso, Canyons, Snow White (ALL AGES)
13-Apr Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre w/MM
14-Apr Tempe, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom w/MM
15-Apr San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar w/ Mission:Valley, Marsupials (21 +)
16-Apr Pomona, CA @ The Fox Theater w/MM
17-Apr San Luis Obispo, CA @ The Madonna Expo Center w/MM
18-Apr Oakland, CA @ RCA w/ Streeteaters, No Babies, Reptilian Shapeshifters (ALL AGES)
Two Survival Knife (Justin and Brandt) shows this weekend:
SEATTLE at the Sunset Tavern (21+) with Princess, Christdriver, Bali Girls, Survival Knife on Fri Feb 15 at 9:30 PM. $8
OLYMPIA at Rainy Day Records (ALL AGES) with Survival Knife, Octagrape, Reptilian Shape Shifters on Sat Feb 16 at 9 PM. $5
A blurb in the local Olympia weekly:
A new interview chronicles the 2001 tour, Live Leaves and Leaves Turn Inside You. This one covers a lot of the same territory that the Maura article does for those who were not able to read that one.
Alright folks, it's official. Unwound is reissuing everything we recorded plus the rest of the releasable material with ace reissue label The Numero Group. We are super excited for this opportunity to get everything out there again (including all the out-of-print vinyl). News releases below...
Check out this comprehensive oral history article on the final days of Unwound. Interviews with Justin, Vern, Sara, Brandt, guitarist David Scott Stone and writer David Wilcox. Maura Magazine is a new publication by Maura Johnston, former Village Voice music editor. Article by Brad Cohan. FYI: this is currently only available for download on devices that use iOS (iPads, etc.). Sorry for the inconvenience.
The self-titled Unwound album is now out on iTunes and available digitally for the first time! This record was recorded in the spring of 1992 but was not officially released until 1995. It features original drummer Brandt Sandeno. The CD originally came out on Honeybear Records and the LP on Vern's Punk In My Vitamins label. The CD is now out of print but there is still vinyl left here. If you haven't heard this, check it out! It will sit nicely along with your favorite DC hardcore, SST, and Pacific Northwest rock records!