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Unwound

Forming in 1991 in Olympia, Washington, Unwound developed their tumultuous and sublimely noisy sound in the shadows of the exploding grunge movement. Annexed to the less mainstream channels of indie releases, low-budget touring, and a circuit of basement and underground shows, Unwound still managed to create some of the more influential and lasting work of their era, with their cloudy moods and explosively tense group dynamics culminating in some truly transcendent albums. The group originally consisted of guitarist/vocalist Justin Trosper, bassist Vern Rumsey, and drummer Brandt Sandeno. The trio toiled for several years locally, recording two singles for Olympia-based label Kill Rock Stars and one for Gravity Records before recording a full-length album in 1992. The album would be shelved until a few years later, primarily due to Sandeno's departure from the band shortly after its recording. Sandeno was replaced by former Witchy Poo member Sara Lund, who had recently migrated to Olympia from her home in Bloomington, Indiana. Lund's staccato rhythms and unique style gelled perfectly with Trosper's melancholic feedback squalls, and the band quickly set to work writing new material. The first set of songs to materialize became 1993's Fake Train, the first Unwound album to actually see release, as well as the first full-length release on Kill Rock Stars, which had been issuing mostly 7"s up until then. The band's mixture of dreamy textural guitar haze and venomous punk catharsis caught on and they quickly set about on what would become years of constant touring, opting for all-ages shows as often as possible. Albums came quickly for much of the band's lifespan, including 1994's New Plastic Ideas, 1995's The Future of What, 1996's Repetition, and 1998's Challenge for a Civilized Society, as well as a slew of singles, EPs, and various side projects happening at the same time as the ever-busy Unwound. In 1995, the band's growing popularity led to enough demand for their long-canned 1992 album with Sandeno to see release on Rumsey's label Punk in My Vitamins?. The band's constant creative output saw them incorporating more expansive ideas into what would be their last studio album, 2001's Leaves Turn Inside You, which took what had been stylistic flirtations with non-punk elements like synthesizers and free jazz saxophones on recent albums into more daring places of composition and production. For the subsequent tour, which lasted through 2002, the band expanded their lineup to include additional guitarist David Scott Stone, as well as bringing back original drummer Sandeno to play various instruments as specific songs required them. The band broke up on April 1, 2002, leaving behind enormous amounts of material which would trickle out in the years to come on various live releases and collections. In 2013 the members of the band licensed their back catalog to the Numero Group, who set about work on a series of elaborate reissue box sets, each chronicling key periods in their development with extensive liner notes, unreleased material, and repackaging of their original albums. These sets began with 2013's Kid Is Gone, which collected the earliest, rawest demos, radio sessions, and singles the band had to offer from their basement days with Sandeno. 2014's Rat Conspiracy collected Fake Train, New Plastic Ideas, and singles released during their earliest days with Lund. ~ Fred Thomas, Rovi
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No.
Great band. Period. F everyone who doesn't think so
Crap
tpuerzer
unrest?
bromide01
WWWWWWWWWWWW W W E R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R WERRRRRRRRRR R R R W E R R R R R R R R R R W E RERRRRRRRRRR !
your mom's abrasive
xbeastmanx
It's a fugazi Fugazi.
One of my favorite bands of all time. Unwound reminds me of real rock n roll minus the bullshit.
best band ever, still sounds great, ahead of their time for sure.
Fugazi? Holding my nose making a face. "What is that smell?"
This was my punk staple in the 90s (They still are a staple hehe). So glad they were around back then. Got lucky enough to see them in San Diego once; it was incredible!
$ick $hit! if you don't get it I don't like you
Pretty f**king good band.
Favorite indy band in the 90s!
warehouselov e 7 5
Pretty good stuff man.
a band to grow up with
it is no surprise. Unwound is the mount everest of punk. what a steep mountain any band would have to climb. this is a great band.
THE ALL MUSIC GUIDE REVIEWS SUCK!!!
i like this music having never heard it before
HOWEVER it is BY NO MEANS the "most musicaLLy
abrasiVE band in the indie rocK worLD"
PLE-E-E-E-A- A - A - A - S - E ! !
does the person who wrote that actuaLLY
LISTEN to much indie roCK?
and aLSo pLease define "indie roCk"
or kiLL me.
tsjmaloney
Despite having listened to plenty of hardcore/pun k / r o c k bands over the years, I've never paid much attention to Unwound, and I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised.

Still, though; "Perhaps the most musically abrasive group in the world of indie-rock.. . " ? Yeah, right. Maybe if you disregard all the musically abrasive groups in the world of indie-rock.
bromide01
Uh, last time I checked it didn't say "Leave only a positive comment about this artist." So, go watch Family Guy and leave me alone.
ive never heard them before today. i love what i hear.
never had the pleasure to see them play live. leaves turn inside you was my all time favorite in 2001. f**king masterful band. still kicking myself for not walking less than five blocks to see them play for (what i didn't know back then) would be their last tour. still waiting for justin to release some kind of new material.
lyretree
Yeah, amazing live in Chapel Hill, too. Never really got so enthusiastic about sitting around the house and listening to them on disc.
bromide01
Each time I used to listen to Unwound, I was like, "Hmmm, is there anything else to listen to? No? Oh, ok I guess I'll just let it play."
I had the pleasure of seeing Unwound in NYC on more than 10 occassions and every time was better than the last.
Unwound is highly unappreciate d and completely unique in their design.

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