LAMB UNLIMITED alongside the founder of Unsane, Chris Spencer is happy to announce the long-awaited reissue of the band’s critically acclaimed self-titled album (originally released on Matador Records ).
1989, NYC. Unsane has just recorded their debut “Improvised Munitions” initially intending to release the record on the New York-based label, Circuit Records. “We thought it was our big break as Circuit was putting out up-and-coming bands like Cop Shoot Cop and Surgery.” – remarks Chris Spencer: “We gave the tapes to Ernie, the guy that ran Circuit, and following our approval of the test pressings Ernie disappeared. We were soon to learn that Ernie had a massive cocaine habit and had owed some drug dealers a shit ton of money. At the time, this was a huge letdown.”
Despite the setback with Circuit, Unsane were still a young band and did not let this situation deter them so they continued working and performing. Spencer explains “We were doing a ton of touring at that time and the songs developed a lot as we played them so much.”
Looking back, Chris Spencer points out: “That was definitely the “us against the world “- live period of the band. We were together non-stop traveling around the country playing wherever we could for minimal amounts of money.”
Unsane’s growing intensity, combined with their strong DIY touring approach influenced this greatly iconic album: “It seemed important to capture that aspect in the recording. I was using a cassette recorder to record the live shows and actually put between-song live noise on the album.”
Unsane quickly became a mainstay in New York noise & heavy music scenes. Originating from the New York scumrock scene, while still pushing their unique “extreme” sound, Unsane’s relentless, non-stop touring established them as an important part of the Lower East side New York City music scene of the early.
“We got offered a show playing CBGBs with Sonic Youth, although we were playing the graveyard slot which meant that we were to play after them.” – explains the vocalist and guitarist of Unsane: “Sonic Youth played a crazy, super-long set, and then we were to play. Almost everyone had left as it was 2:30 in the morning, but of the 10 or 12 people that were there, Gerard Cosloy from Matador [Records] had stayed. He saw us play and offered us a deal that night.”
Decades after the initial release of the self-titled, it’s impossible to deny or underestimate the musical evolution of the 90s without including Unsane. Combining the abrasive noise-rock with corrosive and powerful distorted vocals, furious pulsations of bass and drums, Unsane had broken down the doors of noise-rock of the 90s.
We are proud to announce the first ever vinyl reissue of Unsane’s Self-Titled album. This remastered edition comes out on vinyl and CD formats and will be available in select cool independent stores as well as available as pre-order NOW directly from Lamb Unlimited at https://unsane.bandcamp.com