Tuesday, February 21, 2012
[press release] Legendary NYC rock powerhouse UNSANE has completed work on its long awaited new album, titled "WRECK". The seventh full length recording of the band's storied career will see a March 20, 2012 release date via Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles label. Today, Decibel premieres the brand new UNSANE track "Ghost", noting that the song "perfectly captures the tension, brutality and nervy edge" of the band's celebrated live performances. Check out the Decibel premiere of UNSANE's "Ghost" at this location!
Pitchfork recently gave music fans a first-listen to the new UNSANE record, premiering the heavy-handed new song "No Chance" - check it out HERE!
Recorded by the band and producer Andrew Schneider at Brooklyn's Translator Audio (Pelican, Keelhaul, etc.), "WRECK" is an unfettered burst of pent up emotions and frustrations channeled into song and an unflinching glance into a type of life others probably should not lead. From the shock and awe of the LP's lead track "Rat" and the stunningly damaged "Decay" to the doom and gloom of the heavy handed "No Chance" and through to the transcendental brainwork of "Stuck", UNSANE's "WRECK" is darkly abrasive and poetic music delivered with a fearsome intensity. A punishing, but ultimately tuneful album, realistic in subject matter and as engaging as it is abrasive, "WRECK" features UNSANE at its legendary best. Chris Spencer's vocals and lyrics positively ache with fear and loathing (resembling the sound of a man trapped in the New York Subway system) while his searing Telecaster howl and pulverizing chords wreak havoc over Vincent Signorelli's drums and Dave Curran's thick as lava bass lines. UNSANE celebrates its 20th anniversary by delivering the darkest and most personal record of its celebrated career; "WRECK" is the band's defining moment.
"Making the album "WRECK" has been amazingly cathartic. Not only musically, but personally," comments Spencer. "Writing with Dave and Vincent is always great, and having been together so long made it easy to focus on what musically and lyrically would sum up this period of time. Recordings about modern urban life. The constant noise, confrontation, stress and alienation that goes with it, and the dysfunctional ways people try to deal with it. The death, drugs, attempted suicide and completely degenerative behavior of those around us really left a mark. I really was feeling like I needed to get it out of my system. There are some moments of redemption, but more often than not things did not end well. As the world population reaches seven billion it's impossible not to feel the overcrowding."
The track listing for UNSANE's "WRECK" is as follows:
3.) No Chance (Pitchfork premiere)
6.) Ghost (Decibel premiere)
10.) Ha Ha Ha (*Flipper cover)
Upon the release of the new LP, UNSANE will team up with punk rock legends THE MELVINS for what promises to be one of the year's most anticipated underground rock tours. The like-minded bands will launch the 21 city trek on April 11 in San Jose, CA and will collaborate on an über-limited tour 7" EP featuring each band covering a song from the other. The tour-only vinyl release will feature cover artwork from Amphetamine Reptile Records founder Thomas Hazelmyer.
The UNSANE / MELVINS spring U.S. tour is shaping up as follows:
April 11 San Jose, CA The Blank Club
April 12 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
April 13 Los Angeles, CA The Troubadour
April 14 San Diego, CA Casbah
April 17 El Paso, TX House of Rock
April 19 Austin, TX Mohawk
April 20 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
April 21 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jack's
April 23 Orlando, FL The Social
April 24 Gainesville, FL Double Down Live
April 25 Atlanta, GA The Loft at Center Stage
April 26 Charlotte, NC Amos' Southend
April 28 West Chester, PA The Note
April 29 New York, NY Webster Hall
May 1 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall Ballroom
May 2 DeKalb, IL Otto's Nightclub
May 3 St. Louis, MO The Firebird
May 4 Nashville, TN Exit In
May 7 Dallas, TX Trees
May 9 Santa Fe, NM Santa Fe Brewing Company
May 11 Santa Ana, CA Galaxy Concert Theatre
Referred to as "Dirty and Noisy, on Purpose" and a "musical movement inspired by the clang and grind of the subway," by The New York Times, UNSANE's cold, urban synthesis of screaming, distorted vocal howls, gargantuan bass, strangled guitar wranglings and regimented drum assault is legendary. Formed in 1988 and emerging from the same NYC rock underground that launched the careers of Helmet, Sonic Youth, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, SWANS and Surgery, UNSANE's patented and oft-copied blend of "volume, velocity, and violence" has long spearheaded the international noise rock movement. The group's self-titled Matador Records debut, released in 1991, personified "noise rock," providing an irreplaceable paradigm for numerous bands to follow. The trio's 1995 music video for the song "Scrape" (from Scattered, Smothered & Covered), which alternated between lo-fi rehearsal footage of the band and a series of serious gnarly skateboarding injuries, became an overnight hit at MTV and saw the band tour the U.S. with Slayer. Over the course of its shining career, UNSANE has released a string of critically acclaimed releases on respected labels such as Amphetamine Reptile, Ipecac, Man's Ruin, Relapse and Sub Pop including Total Destruction (1994), Occupational Hazard (1998), Blood Run (2005) and Visqueen (2007).
"music that reflects life on the streets of the East Village. It's dirty, noisy and cluttered. This is not an insult; it's UNSANE's musical objective." - THE NEW YORK TIMES
"If success in metal were measured by the degree to which an act is the centerpiece of sadistic, forceful entertainment, Manhattan's UNSANE would be gold. These are young men so tough that if they swing at you and miss the wind gives you pneumonia. Plus they wear baseball caps made of cold-pressed tin!" - VILLAGE VOICE
"UNSANE is a powerhouse unmatched" - VICE
Posted by Dan Goldin at 9:49 PM