Entries tagged with: Unsane
by Ian Chainey
Dissent album art
California's the Cutthroats 9 are back with a new release and a tour. The noise rockers recently dropped "Dissention," the first taste of their new full-length Dissent, which will be available on LP June 3 through Lamb Unlimited and on CD June 24 via Repitilian Records. Dissent marks the first release for the Unsane-related outfit since 2001's Anger Management. To ring in the event, the trio will accompany Black Cobra and Årabrot on a short swing through the West Coast.
Formed in 2000 by Chris Spencer after the hiatus of Unsane and his subsequent move to the left coast, the Cutthroats 9 scrapped together a similar-on-the-surface yet divergent-in-feel sound, subbing out the terror of Unsane's Pre-Giuliani New York for something a touch closer to gut-bucket bluster. Spencer's distorted roar and driving guitars remained the focal point, but the compositions were far looser in delivery. This shift endeared the group to stoner haven Man's Ruin Records, on which they released their eponymous LP in 2000. This released was sandwiched between a single, You Should Be Dead, and the aforementioned Anger Management EP.
After Unsane reformed in 2003, it was assumed the trio was shelved forever, which makes their return all the more surprising. Old Grand Dad's Will Carroll reclaims drummer's throne while the low end duties are now handled by 16's Tony Baumeister. Together with Spencer, the three ably recreate the energy of the older incarnation while flexing a canny veteran muscle. "Dissention" slips and slides with bluesy strides, remaining moored thanks to a thunderous rhythm section.
The heavier, measured sound is a good fit for the band, especially considering their choice of touring mates. Black Cobra's sludgy guitar and drums duo are noted speaker slayers while the acclaimed Norwegian Årabrot also wield walls of distortion in service of their sea-sick punk. Following this late May run, Black Cobra heads north for a Canadian tour with Anciients and Black Wizard, while Årabrot flies back to Europe for fests and select UK dates with Converge.
All of the dates, along with the Dissent track listing, "Dissention" stream, and Black Cobra/Årabrot tasters appear below...
Godflesh at MDF
Hand in hand, the gasmask wielding pair strolled on to the stage to the sound of air raid sirens. Their arrival announced the coming of reunited grindcore greats Nasum, one of the headliners at Maryland Deathfest on May 25th playing their farewell round of shows. A rare appearance from Godflesh and related band Napalm Death (Godflesh's Justin Broadrick was an early member of ND) were the night's outdoor (read: true) headliners, playing the large stages and rounding out a lineup that included campy thrash, Swedish death metal, noisecore pioneers, Romanian black metal and many stops in between.
Brooklyn's Castevet opened the show at 3:30PM, sporting new bassist Nick McMaster (also of Krallice). I missed the next band Nashgul (and would later miss Setherial in the same room), but managed to catch the campy and fun Ghoul, who take cues from their ex-tourmates Gwar in the theatricality and dousing-the-audience-in-"blood" arenas. Finnish death metal crew Demigod, who were a highlight at Rites of Darkness, opened the outdoor stage and delivered a similarly inspired performance.
Today is The Day were next on the indoor stage, playing quite possibly my favorite performance from the band and definitely a highlight for the day. The band's new lineup featuring the rhythm section of Wetnurse is a perfect match for Steve Austin's madman antics, and I heard quite a few comments afterword to the tune of "I forgot how much I used to love Today is The Day". Their former labelmates on Amphetamine Reptile, Unsane, would also kill it later that evening.
Negura Bunget, or what left of them, followed on the indoor stage (the bulk of the original band was recently replaced), and seemed oddly placed and limp following Today is The Day. Meanwhile, thrashers Artillery riled up the thrashers on the outside stage but didnt do much for me.
Napalm Death headlined the first of the two outdoor stages, playing material from each of their prior albums to a circle-pitting, crowd-surfing audience. Besides being the originators of the genre, Napalm Death is also one of grind's tightest live crews; the term legend is more than well-deserved.
The crowd had lined up in front of the second stage a long time before Godflesh ripped into their first chord, so from the moment that the band kicked into "Like Rats" the pits and surfers had easily migrated to the other end of the parking lot. The duo (and requisite drum machine) played material from their legendary Streetcleaner and though they slightly overstayed their welcome, it was nonethless amazing to see them live.
The reactivated Nasum (who we recently interviewed) headlined the indoor stage at Sonar and similar to the Godflesh and Napalm Death, the crowd let loose by the time Rotten Sound's Keijo Niinimaa belted out the first vocal. The five piece will be missed, but they definitely went out with a bang.
"Sure it's not just me, but every time I see the Melvins I think @reggiewatts needs to do a cover." -Dusty Rose
"Melvins show at Webster reminded me how vast/sturdy their catalog is. Songs from Lysol, Nude w/ Boots, Bulls/Bees, Stag, Senile Animal, more" -Hank Shteamer
Melvins & Unsane @ the Mohawk (more by Tim Griffin)
Melvins teamed with NYC noise-rock gods Unsane to lay waste to Webster Hall last night (4/29), part of their tour together that recently swung through Austin and hit The Mohawk (pictures). The pairing is a wet-dream for fans of the Amphetamine Reptile roster, and the show was also special, if you want to call it that, due to Unsane's lineup on stage. Vinnie Signorelli is recovering from an undisclosed illness and so the Melvins drum duo sat in for him (wow).
Melvins' set has remained somewhat constant for the duration of their tour, dipping into classics from Lysol and even covering the Wipers classic "Youth Of America" (which appeared on a 12"). Did you go? If so, did you score that Melvins/Unsane split?
If you missed the show, at least you can live vicariously through video. The Melvins performed "The War On Wisdom" on Last Call with Carson Daly on April 25th and someone captured all of a recent Unsane set (with Coady and Dale). Videos and recent setlists below.....
Melvins at MHoW (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Melvins are welcoming The Bulls & The Bees, their new EP available for free download via ScionAV today. The band is celebrating the release with a spankin' new video for "The War on Wisdom", the opening track on the EP, which is streaming below for the first time.
As previously mentioned, Melvins have another LP on the way this year with Freak Puke due on June 5th via Ipecac. They'll be in "Melvins Lite" formation for that record but won't be for their upcoming tour with Unsane (who we recently interviewed).
by Erik Wunder
Erik Wunder of Man's Gin and Cobalt took time out of his current projects to speak with NYC's own Unsane. The results of the interview, along with a new song stream, are below. -BBG
Unsane at Santos Party House (more by Keith Marlowe)
Noise-metal pioneers Unsane are back at it with Wreck, their new LP due via Alternative Tentacles on March 20th and first in five years. Over the LP's forty minutes Unsane bash out ten new tracks, one of which is a cover of Flipper's "Ha Ha Ha". Stream three songs from Wreck below, including "Decay" which appears here for the first time.
With the new LP right around the corner, I had the distinguished opportunity to speak with frontman Chris Spencer to talk about influence, the new record, and generally see how things are in the land of things that aren't necessarily sane. The results, song streams, and all tour dates are below...
1972 Dodge Sportsman Royal Van, better known as the "MELVAN" Featured in many books, Cobain Unseen, Come As You Are ETC. & Many NIRVANA documentary films. This is a very unique piece of MELVINS/NIRVANA history & truly one of a kind. The KISS Mural on the side was hand drawn by Kurt Cobain using sharpie markers shoplifted from the Thriftway grocery store in Montesano Washington. (former employer of King Buzzo) This was one of the first MELVINS tour vans & was used on at least one U.S. tour. Kurt himself was often times known to drive this van to local shows, also included are two former registration's, one signed by Roger Osborne (King Buzzo) & the second signed by former MELVINS bass player Matt Lukin ! Bid High & Bid Often ,this will probably be your one & only chance to own this unique piece of music history !Place your bid on the the "Melvan" at Ebay now. Maybe you can get Buzzo/Dale to sign it at their upcoming dates with Unsane.
In other news, Nirvana's former manager is part of a group that is "planning to pour substantial funds into the Occupy Wall Street movement in hopes of sustaining the protests and fostering political change."
Unsane at Santos (more by Keith Marlowe)
As discussed, Melvins WILL tour with Unsane, logging dates from coast to coast including Webster Hall on April 29th. Tickets go on AMEX presale at noon on 1/18 and regular sale on Friday. All dates have now been announced and are listed below.
The shows will coincide with the release of a NEW Unsane LP, Wreck, due via Alternative Tentacles on March 20th. Recorded by Unsane and Andrew Schneider at Brooklyn's Translator Audio, the new LP features nine new tracks as well as a cover of Flipper's "Ha Ha Ha". Check out the album art/tracklisting with all tour dates below.
Unsane/Melvins tour 7"
Let's party like its 1995! Melvins will team with Unsane (!) for a string of forthcoming tour dates, including a show at Webster Hall on April 29th. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale on January 20th at noon. No word on the rest of the tour dates thus far.
Make sure and head by the merch table and scoop up a copy of the tour-only split while you're there. The split will see Melvins covering Unsane and vice versa (!). The Thomas Hazelmyer (founder of Am-Rep) art for said split is above.
Today Is The Day at Highline Ballroom (more by BBG)
And so it has begun. After a fun Maryland Deathfest 2011 (pictures of day 1, 2, 3, 4), the festival has announced confirmations for MDF 2012 including some amazing names (Bethlehem, Demigod, Ghoul, Church of Misery, The Devil's Blood, Dragged Into Sunlight, Ulcerate, others) and even a true a headscratcher (Anvil?). Full lineup thus far is below. Maryland Deathfest X kicks off on May 24th, 2012 at Sonar. No tickets yet
In related news, Today is The Day, whose rhythm section once was home to half of Mastodon and now features members of Wetnurse (Curran & Ryan), have completed their new LP Pain Is A Warning and are preparing its release for August 16 on Black Market Activites/Good Fight. Preorder it now, and check out the lead track "Expectations Exceed Reality" streaming below.
All MDF additions, that new Today is The Day, and some video is below.
DOWNLOAD: Radian - "Git Cut Noise" (MP3)
Radian (pictured above) are on a rare North American tour that includes a NYC date TONIGHT at Union Pool (6/8) with Ryan Sawyer/C. Spencer Yeh/ Nate Wooley Trio and Koen Holtkamp. Tickets will be available at the door. The show is part of a string of mostly-East Coast dates for the experimental, instrumental Viennese band, who released their last LP Chimeric on Thrill Jockey in 2009. Check out "Git Cut Noise" from that LP above.
Unsane @ AmRep Anniversary in 2010 (more by Taylor Keahey)
On a different but very important note, Union Pool will also host a show with Unsane, Sweet Diesel, and Pigs at Union Pool on Saturday 6/11. Tickets are still available. Unsane released an EP on their own Coextinction Recordings (Dave & Chris of Unsane, among others) late last year, and recently dropped a new EP from Citizens Arrest. Look for upcoming releases from War Amps, The Brought Low, Big Business (who are going on tour with Torche and Helms Alee), Totimoshi, Great Falls, Rosetta and City Of Ships in the near future.
All Radian tour dates and some video is below.
Monarch @ Death By Audio (more by BBG)
If you don't know (((unartig))), you probably have at least watched one of his great live show videos. We definitely post them all the time, and so we thought we'd ask him what his favorite live shows of 2010 were. Check out his list with videos that he recorded below...
Keelhaul at Santos (more by Keith Marlowe)
Keelhaul and a secret special guest have been added to the previously discussed Corrosion of Conformity show at Highline Ballroom on October 10th. Tickets are still on sale for the NYC show, and for the CoC one happening at Starland Ballroom too. Special guest announcement coming next week (Monday is the day).
In related news Craw (featuring Will of Keelhaul) reunited last night in their native Cleveland supporting Unsane who are on their way back to NYC after playing AmRep25. Thus far no pics or video have made its way out of the show, though we'll keep you posted.
Keelhaul's Dana Embrose used to be in La Gritona, a band we just recently posted a large feature on courtesy of Mike Hill.
Some recent video of Keelhaul, including Unsane performing with Aaron of Keelhaul, is below.
photos by Taylor Keahey, words by BBG
On what was a perfect day to celebrate anyone's anniversary, a sold-out crowd gathered at Grumpy's in downtown Minneapolis to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the legendary local label Amphetamine Reptile Records. It was an all-day event (on 8/28) that honored and saluted an influential and groundbreaking scene, as well a bunch of bands that perhaps never got their due back in the day. All the groups played to a large, receptive crowd that was, if not trying to turn back time a bit to see a bunch of bands that they never had a chance to, than maybe just feel younger for one day at least. Everywhere you looked there were old friends running into each other for the first time in years, and there were broad smiles plastered on everyone's faces (due in no small part to the $5 Surly's). It was a glorious commemoration of a label that still packs quite a punch and knows how to throw one hell of a party. -[City Pages]The above review comes from the second day of the AmRep Anniversary show, which featured a headlining set from Boss Hog, as well as appearances from Melvins, Vaz, White Drugs, Gay Witch Abortion, Thrown Ups (with Mudhoney's Mark Arm and Steve Turner), Today Is the Day (who play NYC Friday), Shannon Selberg (Cows) with AmRep founder Tom Hazelmyer, God Bullies, and Hammerhead (who played DBA recently). The first night featured performances from Unsane (who just played Santos) and Lollipop.
Pics of both day one and two, as well as some video, continue below.
words by BBG, photos by Keith Marlowe
The problem with most contemporary metal is that it just isn't heavy: Pristine digital editing, onstage drum triggers and other depressing innovations have sapped the genre of its primal force. Fortunately, there will be no such chicanery afoot at this walloping bill.As stated before, Keelhaul destroyed Santos alongside a similary brutal duo of Pigs (mem-Unsane) and Disappearer. But what was missing from that previous post was photos of the main event, NYC noise-rock greats Unsane barrelling through a pair of sets: a front to back cover of Scattered Smothered & Covered followed by a second "hits" set that spanned their recording career. Photos from the tail end of the show incuding more Keelhaul, and some videos are below...
Cleveland's Keelhaul makes a habit of flouting convention. Some of its pieces last less than a minute, others nearly nine; vocals may enter three fourths of the way through a song, or not at all. The common denominator is an ultradisciplined brand of riff worship: The quartet builds diabolical obstacle courses out of asymmetrical phrases, then proceeds to run them with visceral gusto.
Headliner Unsane favors a much more straightforward bludgeon-anguished noise-blues that still sounds as obstinately primitive as when the local outfit formed two decades ago. As with the trio's billmates, no additives or preservatives are necessary. - [Time Out NY]
words by BBG, photos by Meghan McInnis
Keelhaul played Santos last night (8/5), and damn if they weren't dizzying, jaw-dropping, amazing, [insert superlative here]. Good news: Keelhaul will play a late show at The Acheron TONIGHT. It kicks off at 12 with My America. $8 gets you in. The show is the official afterparty for The Blackened Music extravaganza at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Boris/Torche/Russian Circles (get yer tix, almost sold out).
As stated in the previous gushing paragraph, Keelhaul metled faces and ruled places (specifically, Santos) last night with headliner Unsane, Pigs, and Disappearer. Pics of of the support bands are below, Unsane is on the way...
Steve Austin isn't happy with you
The last time I caught the noisecore giants Today is The Day, it was at the half-full Knitting Factory when the band was supporting Axis of Eden. Backed by the tour-de-force David Hall film of the same name, the band blasted through killer renditions of Axis of Eden faves like "IED" and "Broken Promises and Dead Dreams" to a coordinated psychedelic acid-fried nightmare of a video. They ruled. Now with the band scheduled to appear at the Am-Rep Festival in Minneapolis, Steve Austin is hitting the road again and will play Santos Party House on September 3rd alongside A Storm of Light. Full tour dates are below, which include dates with Unsane and Keelhaul as well.
The genetic make up of Today Is The Day is ever shifting, incorporating members of Mastodon, Complete Failure, Nile, Hate Eternal, Shai Hulud, and many others, and now the band will feature Wetnurse members Ryan Jones and Curran Reynolds. Prepare for war.
TITD Dates and a bunch of videos below...
"Looks like Stu Spasm from Lubricated Goat just scored to put Spain ahead 1-0 (or was that Wurzel from Motorhead?) #WorldCup #GER Germany #ESP Spain" - Mike Rubin
Noise Magazine: I'm 'quoting' Nick Cave 'cause your music captures the darkest side of the Australian swamp rock/noise scene from Birthday Party, The Scientists, Beasts Of Bourbon to Lubricated Goat or even Bird Blobs... Is this among your main influences/inspiration sources? You've been on the bill with a bunch of those Australian bands too. What's your connection with them? Kristian is basically from Australia, right?Though they aren't participating in the AmRep Anniversary show in Minneapolis, reactivated Australian noise rock terrorists Lubricated Goat are still back at it with Stu Spasm, the only oringinal member, behind the mic. Their last show was at Bruar Falls in June. Catch them next at Union Pool on August 6th alongside Pink Reason and NYC/Australian band Woman. The show is the only show scheduled for all three bands.
Woman's Kristian Brenchley: Thank you, in fact I am Australian but have but have been living in NYC since 2001. As for those Australian influences, stuff like The Birthday Party is in our blood down there. Same goes for AC/DC. So, I can't pick up the guitar without a little of that coming out! But we don't try to sound a certain way, I think once you start with that you're doomed to failure. As for the Bird Blobs, I've known Tim for 15 years and he lives in NYC now. So we have been playing on the same bills all that time. [Tim and I] took what we had in Melbourne in the '90's and moved it over here.
Former Lubricated Goat (and Swans) drummer Vinny Signorelli will be in Minneapolis to play AmRep's anniversary show, though he'll be there with his band Unsane. Unsane are scheduled to play NYC on August 5th alongside Keelhaul, Pigs, and Disappearer at Santos Party House, where the band will perform all of their landmark LP Scattered Smothered & Covered. Tickets are on sale.
Singorelli's former band Swans will play reunion shows in October, two of which are in NYC (neither of which Vinny will play): October 8th at Brooklyn Masonic Temple (tickets still on sale) and October 9th at the Bowery Ballroom (tickets still on sale).
Unsane at Union Pool (more by Paul Birman)
So far there have been a few contenders for my favorite show of 2010, but definitely on that short list was the return of the gods of NYC noise rock, Unsane, to Union Pool earlier this year (with a stellar supporting cast in Made Out of Babies, United Nations, and Dark Vibe).
Now I am pleased to announce that Unsane will return again, and this time the band will perform ALL of their landmark Am-Rep classic Scattered Smothered & Covered for one set, before returning to play a second set of material from their other releases. Supporting them will be none other than the Cleveland madmen Keelhaul (who played a BV show almost exactly a year before), Pigs (featuring Dave Curran of Unsane), and Disappearer. The whole shindig goes down at Santos Party House on August 5th (the day BEFORE Boris/Torche/Russian Circles at MHOW) . Tickets are on sale.
The NYC gig is one of eight shows where Unsane will perform the full album in August...
"We're really looking forward to the Unsane shows in August," Chris Spencer comments. "The idea of performing "Scattered, Smothered and Covered" in its entirety is something that I have wanted to do for a very long time. To do an album that I like that much from start to finish is going to be incredible. We've never done this before, and it's going to be both challenging and very exciting. The thought of being able to also do this at the AmRep anniversary show really kicks it up a notch!"The AmRep anniversary show is August 27th at Grumpy's Bar in Minneapolis, MN. All dates (most of which Keelhaul is also playing), the NYC show flyer, video from Union Pool, and some classic Unsane videos are below...
words by BBG, photos by Greg Cristman
While I was getting my face caved in by Unsane et al, Nadja was dropping blissful/crushing tunes at the Issue Project Room (on 2/12), as one of the last events of the Unsound Festival. Our photographer Greg was able to catch all of Nadja but missed Xavier van Wersch and headliner David Daniell due to prior commitments.
Nadja are prepping to tour Europe with Thrones and OvO. Thrones will play a pair of shows in NYC this week, at Ash's Place on 2/18 and at The Stone on 2/19 as part of the Toby Driver curated month at the venue.
More photos of Nadja (with all dates), below....
words by BBG, photos by Paul Birman
Unsane are KILLING it dead. -[MetalSucks]
Made Out Of Babies rrrarrrr!!! Julie rockin' amazing Blade Runner makeup - [terryhope]
Unsane played their first show in two years to a packed packed packed Union Pool with Made Out of Babies, United Nations and Dark Vibe on 2/12 (a BV/Osiris production). Besides a few bumps and bruises, blown eardrums, a chunk of eyebrow missing (sorry Julie Christmas), and the fact that some folks couldn't get in, the show was a huge success.
If you have never seen Unsane, these NYC noise rock legends are an absolute MUST SEE. Chris's jangly guitars cut through the mix like a razor blade while Vinny's big drums and Dave's distorted bass punch up the low end. To me, this band should be mentioned in the same breath as pioneers like The Jesus Lizard, Shellac, Helmet, and others... their live show is just pummeling! Essential.
Made Out of Babies were destructive as usual - with their instruments and to themselves. Part way through one of the bands' songs, Julie Christmas cut her eyebrow (presambly in her flailing around) and was GUSHING blood (the squeamish shouldn't look at the pics below). The band are currently working on new material and opened with one massive new jam devised in the past week.
My main beef with United Nations is that although I enjoy the individual projects of it's members in varying degrees (Converge, Thursday, HopeCon, Acid Tiger), I wish United Nations were a full-time endeavor. Incredible live show! UN is a must see, just wish it happened more often!
Bear in Heaven side project Dark Vibe opened the show. More pictures, setlists and videos below...
Advanced sales sold out, but there are still a handful of tickets left at the door for tonight's (2/12) Unsane / Made Out of Babies / United Nations / Dark Vibe show at Union Pool. Doors open at 7:45, so get there early!
It's with an extreme amount of delight that Osiris and BrooklynVegan are proud to present the return of Unsane with Made Out of Babies at Union Pool on 2/12! The show marks Unsane's first NYC show in two years, and Made Out of Babies first since playing CMJ 2008. In addition to that must see pairing, we are happy to report United Nations and Dark Vibe will also be on board to round out the evening. Can't wait!
You can also catch United Nations (who just played with Dillinger, Glassjaw and Thursday at Starland Ballroom) next Friday (1/15) at Cake Shop with The Hope Conspiracy, Blacklisted, Mother of Mercy, and Black Anvil. Advance tickets are gone, but a few are left at the door. It's one of three shows that BV is a part of in January. The other two are 1/22 at Union Pool (with Tombs/Rosetta/City of Ships/Battlefields) and 1/23 at Cake Shop (a matinee with Magrudergrind/Defeatist/Black Kites/Psychic Limb/Ramps).
A few videos are below...