New York City’s Unsane assisted in pioneering a more aggressive, less studied version of noise rock, one that blended the scum/art industrial sturm und drang of Foetus, the Swans, Einsturzende Neubauten, and Sonic Youth with the decidedly more straightforward hardcore idiom favored by acts like Sick of It All. While developing the blueprint for noise-metal bands to follow, Unsane cut a remarkable swath through underground music, inspiring a devoted, cult-like following around the globe. As a power trio, Unsane relied upon a hammering, power-press rhythm section, a searing Telecaster howl, and distorted vocals that resembled nothing if not the sound of a man trapped in the New York Subway system.
To celebrate the release of Wreck – latest LP from New York band Unsane – here’s a collection of videos/songs spanning their entire career!
Alleged – directed by Greg Gricus
Sick – directed by Ghetto Fabulous
Against The Grain
Sudsy Malone (Cincinnati, 1992) – Songs performed are “Cut”, “Broke”, “HLL” and “Vandal-X”.
High Pointe (St Louis, 1997) – courtesy of Lepers TV
Scrape / Against The Grain – courtesy of Unartig NYC
Le Romandie, Lausanne, Switzerland (2011) – courtesy of Moju. Songs performed are “Alleged”, “Can’t See”, “Over Me”, “Scrape”.
Alleged (Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, 2012) – with members of Melvins
Misc. / Audio Only
Concrete Bed – from Concrete Bed 7″ (Glitterhouse, 1990) + Singles 89/92 (Matador / City Slang, 1992)
Vandal X – from Unsane (Matador / City Slang, 1991)
D Train – from Blood Run (Relapse, 2005)
This Stops At The River – from Visqueen (Ipecac, 2007)