New York City-based noise rock group Unsane share the cover artwork and track listing for their eighth studio album, and first for Southern Lord, Sterilize.
Closing a five-year gap since the 2012 release of their Wreck LP through Alternative Tentacles, Unsane makes a vicious return with Sterilize, a record that recalls the most defining elements of the band’s seminal Scattered, Smothered, And Covered and Occupational Hazard albums, surging with the band’s unrelenting singular sound created by guitarist/vocalist Chris Spencer, bassist/vocalist Dave Curran, and drummer Vinnie Signorelli. Sterilize showcases the group sounding as dense and damaging as ever, and sees them remaining as necessary as ever, nearly three decades since they began.
Sterilize Track Listing:
2. The Grind
4. No Reprieve
8. A Slow Reaction
9. We’re Fucked
Incoming is a run of US tour dates from July 15th through August 3rd, booked around the band’s performance at AmRep Bash 17 in Minneapolis, with Fashion Week providing support for the trek. Additional tour dates through the release of the new album are to be expected.
UNSANE w/ Fashion Week:
15/07/2017 Ash St. Saloon – Portland, OR
16/07/2017 Highline – Seattle, WA
18/07/2017 Hi Dive – Denver, CO
1907//2017 Slowdown – Omaha, NE
20/07/2017 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
21/07/2017 AmRep Bash 17 – Minneapolis, MN
22/07/2017 Rock Island Brewing – Rock Island, IL
23/07/2017 Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL
25/07/2017 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
26/07/2017 Growlers – Memphis, TN
27/07/2017 Three Links – Dallas, TX
28/07/2017 Sidewinder – Austin, TX
29/07/2017 The Secret Group – Houston, TX
31/07/2017 The Rebel Lounge – Phoenix, AZ
01/082017 Casbah – San Diego, CA
02/08/2017 Five Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA
03/08/2017 The Ritz – San Jose, CA
Since 1988, Unsane has been delivering caustic grooves and foundation-crumbling riffs. As a power trio, they have honed in on their hammering, power-press rhythm section, searing Telecaster howl, and distorted vocals that resemble a chainsaw cutting a steel beam. The band’s gnarled blend of punk, metal, noise, and hardcore 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, and helped to define the “AmRep sound” alongside other forerunners of the style, Today Is The Day, The Jesus Lizard, Helmet, Tad, Cows, Halo Of Flies, and Melvins.
Southern Lord will release Unsane’s Sterilize on September 29th, 2017.
Stand by for additional tour dates, preorder links, audio samples, and more to be issued in the weeks ahead.