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November 20, 2017 | doors at 8:30pm
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Tight Bros. Network presents:
UNSANE
Plaque Marks | NAARC
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Unsane
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 a decidedly more straightforward
hardcore idiom. While developing the blueprint for noise 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 a
chainsaw cutting a steel beam.

Chris Spencer (vocals, guitar), Dave Curran (bass, vocals) and Vincent
Signorelli (drums) are responsible for well over 2 decades of aural
ruination, with no intention of letting up anytime soon. With a new
full-length album in the bag, the band will be touring the globe
starting summer 2017.

The early days of Unsane began in the late '80s. 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 piqued the
interest of numerous small indie labels and began issuing a series of
singles and EPs before recording their self-titled debut with Matador
Records. Using the photo of a decapitated man lying across train
tracks, Unsane's album cover set the tone for the admixture of
seething aggression, naked fear, and barely controlled noise chaos
contained within. But the band's devastating maelstrom contained more
than enough tunefulness and rock propulsion to quite easily surpass
its more affected Lower East Side peers.

During 1992, Unsane's daunting schedule was cut devastatingly short by
the untimely drug overdose of drummer Charles Ondras. Former Swans and
Foetus drummer Vinny Signorelli climbed aboard the swiftly moving
train in the fall of 1992 and the band began composing its next album.
In the interim, Matador compiled and issued a collection of Unsane's
early singles and compilation tracks, appropriately titled Singles:
89-92. It is perhaps Unsane's defining moment. The following year
found the band recording its first for Atlantic Records, Total
Destruction, a menacing, dark collection of songs driven by
Signorelli's hypnotic drumming and Spencer's man-pushed-to-the-edge
vocals. More touring followed and Matador released the Peel Sessions
disc almost concurrently with Total Destruction.

After being discharged from Atlantic in 1994, Unsane found both a new
bass player in Dave Curran and a home for their next album, Scattered,
Smothered, and Covered, on the independent noise rock label,
Amphetamine Reptile Records. While
PLAQUE MARKS
NAARC
Discernible synth melodies. Dance beats. Churning guitar. Pink/white noise. Unconscionable industrial-disco.
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