Unsane Still Don't Care
For example, Wreck's second track, "Decay," sounds unlike anything Unsane has done before. It's melodic and cathartic in a whole new way for them, a fact not lost on bassist Dave Curran.
"When we were working on that song, we were thinking, 'Oh man, we've never written anything like this,'" he says. "We were curious about how it would be received, but we really liked the song and essentially didn't give a shit in the end."
That attitude is exactly what's got the hard-nosed band this far in their career, on the cusp of celebrating a 25-year anniversary. "It's always a trip looking back, like, 'Look at me, I've been doing this for 25 years now,'" says Curran with a self-deprecating chuckle.
There's no reason for self-deprecation. Unsane, alongside Helmet, helped established the Amphetamine Reptile Records sound; they worked with labels such as Relapse, Matador and Ipecac; they even achieved some MTV notoriety for their skateboard-accident-filled video "Scrape" off of 1995's Scattered, Smothered & Covered.
Still, Curran remains modest about the band's legacy, saying they're "just three guys trying to play music" instead of admitting that his band has played a key part in the history of a subgenre of extreme music. "I don't want to sound callous about it. We see the write-ups and I suppose it's flattering that we've had influence on anybody," he says, adding with a laugh, "as misguided as that may be."
FeaturesNov 04, 2014
Hey Rosetta!Their Aim Is True
An album is a lot like an arrow. You can spend years designing, crafting and perfecting it, but, at some point, you're going to have to let ...
FeaturesNov 04, 2014
Absolutely FreeSpace Odyssey
Too often, "experimental" is used as a catch-all descriptor for music that simply sounds weird. And while Toronto trio Absolutely Free certa...
FeaturesOct 21, 2014
GodfleshTaking it Old School
Industrial metal pioneers Godflesh return with their first new album in 13 years, dubbed A World Lit Only by Fire, which ventures back to th...
FeaturesOct 07, 2014
Ex HexAre Ready to Rock
For the better part of her 20-plus-year career, Mary Timony has been known for favouring mid-tempos, virtuosic, prog-inspired guitar riffs a...