Unwound never had the disposition to become famous. They were just three misfits kids who got together in obscurity; unbeknownst of the massive commercial attention their immediate peers would soon receive. But before that was the sound of teenagers playing punk in their garages for their friends, far from any spotlight or illusions, the beginnings of something special. Their barometer of success was Black Flag and that kind of mentality will only take you to the edges of the underground in terms of commerciality. However the route of fiercely sticking to your guns and playing constantly breeds a different kind of devotion and respect. Unwound has attained the kind of infamy that over the years has only reminded listeners how rare of a band they were. continue reading "Unwound- Kid Is Gone (Numero Group)"
by STEVE LOWENTHAL on 12/17/2013 in Reviews | Tags: Black Flag, Born Against, Dinosaur Jr., K Records, Kid Is Gone, Kill Rock Stars, Melvins, Monorchid, Numero Group, Sonic Youth, Steel Pole Bathtub, Tiger Trap, Unwound
If you have yet to experience the mutant fuck-all sound blast that is Wolf Eyes, we at Swingset strongly advise you to seek them out when they come to your town and get yr mind blasted to near infinity. For you shut-in types, their Sub Pop debut Burned Mind is a vicious piece of drone-noise violence that features some of the band’s finest tunes to date. If that’s not enough, you can make yrself crazy trying to track down their hundreds of releases on cassette, CDR, and vinyl. Thankfully for us, Wolf dude John Olson (also of the American Tapes label and Dead Machines-fame) was kind enough to take notes on their recent stretch of road w/Sonic Youth, just for you, our loyal reader. Wolf Screamer Aaron Dilloway took the pics. Killer.