UNSANE To Play Entire 'Scattered, Smothered & Covered' Album On Upcoming Tour

Legendary New York City rock powerhouse UNSANE will play a number of North American shows this summer. The revered trio — guitarist / vocalist Chris Spencer, drummer Vincent Signorelli and bassist Dave Curran — will kick off its plan of attack with a string of special U.S. concerts this August that will see the band perform its classic 1995 album "Scattered, Smothered & Covered" from start to finish.

The announcement of the special UNSANE live shows coincides with the 25th anniversary of Amphetamine Reptile Records, once home to the band. As part of the cut to the bone August tour, UNSANE will perform alongside the MELVINS, BOSS HOG and more as one of the featured artists at the AmRep "25th Anniversary Bash", set to take place August 27 and 28 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. UNSANE will kick off the month of exclusive events with an August 5 New York City show (at Santos Party House) and an August 7 live performance at the Otto Bar in Baltimore, Maryland. Headlining live dates in Toronto (Aug. 22), Akron, OH (Aug. 23), Chicago, IL (Aug. 24) and Madison, WI (Aug. 26) have also been announced. Support on the UNSANE shows will be provided by TODAY IS THE DAY (Aug. 22-26) and KEELHAUL (Aug. 5-7, 22-26).

"We're really looking forward to the UNSANE shows in August," Chris Spencer comments. "The idea of performing 'Scattered, Smothered and Covered' in its entirety is something that I have wanted to do for a very long time. To do an album that I like that much from start to finish is going to be incredible. We've never done this before, and it's going to be both challenging and very exciting. The thought of being able to also do this at the AmRep anniversary show really kicks it up a notch!"

Referred to as "dirty and noisy, on purpose" and a "musical movement inspired by the clang and grind of the subway," by The New York Times, UNSANE's cold, urban synthesis of screaming, distorted vocal howls, gargantuan bass, strangled guitar wranglings and regimented drum assault is legendary. Formed in 1988 and emerging from the same New York City rock underground that launched the careers of HELMET, SONIC YOUTH, THE JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION, SWANS and SURGERY, UNSANE's patented and oft-copied blend of "volume, velocity, and violence" has long spearheaded the international noise rock movement. The group's self-titled Matador Records debut, released in 1991, personified "noise rock," providing an irreplaceable paradigm for numerous bands to follow. The trio's 1995 music video for the song "Scrape" (from "Scattered, Smothered & Covered"), which alternated between lo-fi rehearsal footage of the band and a series of serious gnarly skateboarding injuries, became an overnight hit at MTV and saw the band tour the U.S. with SLAYER.

Over the course of its shining career, UNSANE has released a string of critically acclaimed releases on respected labels such as Amphetamine Reptile, Ipecac, Man’s Ruin, Relapse and Sub Pop, including "Total Destruction" (1994), "Occupational Hazard" (1998), "Blood Run" (2005) and "Visqueen" (2007).

UNSANE tour dates:

Aug. 05 - New York, NY - Santos Party House (Keelhaul and Pigs support)
Aug. 07 - Baltimore, MD - Otto Bar (Keelhaul supports)
Aug. 22 - Toronto, ON - Sneaky Dee's (Today is the Day and Keelhaul support)
Aug. 23 - Akron, OH - Backstage Concert Club (Today is the Day and Keelhaul support)
Aug. 24 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle (Today is the Day and Keelhaul support)
Aug. 26 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon (Today is the Day and Keelhaul support)
Aug. 27 - Minneapolis, MN - Grumpy’s Bar (* As part of Amphetamine Reptile Records’ 25th Anniversary Art Show)


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