New York alternative metal veterans Unsane start their EU/UK tour this Friday!
Photos by Cody Cowan
New York alternative metal veterans Unsane have announced a European/UK tour that starts this Friday.
While the group were thought to have called it quits back in 2019, vocalist/guitarist Chris Spencer recruited Eric Cooper (ex-Made Out Of Babies) on bass and Jon Syverson (Daughters) on drums to complete the line-up.
Courtesy of Discipline PR:
Unsane will make their way down under to Europe and the UK in October/November of 2022. Commenting on getting the band together, the founding member, Chris Spencer explains: “During the pandemic, me and my friends Cooper [Made Out Of Babies] and Jon [Syverson – Daughters] started playing the early Unsane material for fun. Now that the lockdown is over, we’re super excited to get out and play this stuff for people. The new line-up is much more high energy as is the early Unsane material. We’re fucking psyched to get out there!”
Forming in 1988, the trio created a relentless brand of rock with their well-versed influences of the hardcore, punk and metal genres. The early days of Unsane began in the late ’80s under the original incarnation of the band – Chris Spencer, Pete Shore (bass), and Charles Ondras (drums) – crawled larvally out of the practice space in 1989 and began playing New York’s seediest haunts. It was these graveyard slots at clubs like CBGB’s where the band developed and honed their trademark sound and delivered the goods with due intensity and volume.
Unsane’s growing intensity, combined with their strong DIY touring approach influenced this greatly iconic self-titled album [recently reissued by Lamb Unlimited]: “It seemed important to capture that aspect in recording. I was using a cassette recorder to record the live shows and actually put between song live noise on the album.” – explains Chris adding: “For me, getting to play the early material that I had written during a super chaotic period in my life and the city of New York feels amazing. Unsane never did a majority of this stuff after Charlie (our drummer) passed away, so to have the chance to revisit it now really brings back a lot of the personal shit that was going on at the time. The uncompromising nature of the material is nightly catharsis that is much needed after the shutdown of the pandemic!”
Unsane quickly became a mainstay in New York noise and heavy music scenes. Originating from New York scum rock 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 late 80s.
Lamb Unlimited has recently reissued two early albums of Unsane:
1. »Improvised Munitions & Demos«
Chris has also unearthed the “long thought lost”, and unreleased first Unsane release titled »Improvised Munitions«. This was slated to be released in 1989 on defunct Long Island based label Circuit Records (Monster Magnet / Surgery / Cop Shoot Cop) but saw the light only in 2021 via Lamb Unlimited.
2. »Unsane« (2022 Remaster)
Originally released in 1991 on Matador Records with legendary train tracks crime photo, keep an eye out for limited special edition version available at these shows.
“We have manufactured a special, limited edition of 500 each on colored vinyl of as follows: »Improvised Munitions« album on oxblood red 180 gram vinyl and self-titled Matador album on clear w/ blood splattered 180 gram vinyl. These will only be sold only while supplies last at the shows during October/November tour in Europe and UK.”
The dates of the upcoming tour include:
07/10/2022 CZ Brno Kabinet Múz *
08/10/2022 DE Leipzig Bandhaus *
09/10/2022 DE Berlin Urban Spre *
10/10/2022 PL Poznan Pawilon Nowa Gazownia *
11/10/2022 PL Gdańsk Drizzly Grizzly *
12/10/2022 PL Warsaw Chmury *
13/10/2022 LV Riga DEPO *
14/10/2022 EE Tallinn Sveta Baar *
15/10/2022 FI Helsinki BlowUp Festival
17/10/2022 SE Stockholm Debaser *
18/10/2022 NO Oslo Revolver *
19/10/2022 SE Linköping The Crypt *
20/10/2022 DK Copenhagen Loppen *
21/10/2022 DE Hamburg Hafenklang *
22/10/2022 NL Nijmegen Soulcrusher Festival *
23/10/2022 BE Bruxelles Magasin 4 *
25/10/2022 UK London Oslo Hackney +
26/10/2022 UK Birkenhead Futureyard +
27/10/2022 UK Glasgow Audio +
28/10/2022 UK Newcastle The Lubber Fiend +
29/10/2022 UK Sheffield Network 2 +
30/10/2022 UK Bristol Exchange +
01/11/2022 FR Lille The Black Lab ^
02/11/2022 FR Paris Petit Bain ^
03/11/2022 FR Bourges Le Nadir ^
05/11/2022 FR Pau La Ferronnerie ^
06/11/2022 FR Montpellier The Rockstore ^
07/11/2022 FR Décines Warmaudio ^
08/11/2022 CH Martigny Caves Du Manoir °
10/11/2022 DE Karlsruhe Jubez °
11/11/2022 DE Regensburg Alte Mälzerei °
12/11/2022 CZ Prague Underdogs’ °
* shows with support Maggot Heart
+ shows with support Cassels
^ shows with support Asbest
° shows with support San Leo
Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well