Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Unwound / Versus - Split 7"


Troubleman (2000)

Unwound Wednesday.  I can tell you for sure that I never had this 7" when it originally came out.  I was not really listening to much Unwound by 2000 and I can't say I was ever a huge fan of Versus either.

I will say this about the Versus side, this song is better than I remember them being.  It's very possible that my tastes have just changed over the years.  There's also a chance that they stand out a little bit more now then they did back in the 90's when they were part of a pretty incredible glut of amazing bands.  Regardless, their gentle guitar picking mixed with an ebb and flow bass line is a nice combination.  Maybe not enough for me to go dig deeper into their catalog, but better than I was expecting.

The Unwound side is pretty great.  I can't say I'm that familiar with the last two Unwound albums at all.  I heard them both once or twice back when they came out, but really paid no attention to them at the time.  I'm eager for the fourth installment of the Numero Group reissues so I can give those records another chance.  "Torch Song" is great.  Though it is lacking a little bit of the shouting and dissonance that I like in Unwound, it's an amazing and surprisingly catchy song.  It's actually more like Survival Knife than any of the Unwound songs I'm familiar with.  I really like it though and am now even more intrigued to relisten to those last 2 records.

Unwound - "Torch Song":

Versus - "All In Doubt":

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