Album / Classic
Numero Group to Reissue Entire Unwound Catalog This Fall
by Dave Segal
on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 12:22 PM
If you're an Unwound fan or are looking to become one, the Numero Group is about to make your life a lot better. Similar to what it did with Codeine, the Chicago label plans to reissue the phenomenally trenchant Olympia post-punk band's seven albums in expanded, remastered, and liner-noted form. In addition, it will release pre-Unwound recordings under the name of Giant Henry on Record Store Day. Hell. Yes.
Press release after the jump.
In the fall of 2013, The Numero Group will begin a lengthy campaign to reissue the complete works of seminal Olympia, Washington, post-punk trio Unwound. Their seven albums - Fake Train, New Plastic Ideas, S/T, The Future Of What, Repetition, Challenge For Civilized Society, and Leaves Turn Inside You - will be expanded, remastered, and annotated in typical Numero fashion. Kicking the series off is the first ever release of Unwound's Tumwater High-era recordings, all under the name Giant Henry.
"Tumwater High has always been known as a 'redneck' school," reflects guitarist/vocalist Justin Trosper in the album's liner notes. "People took football and AC/DC equally seriously. The smoking area was rich in facial hair. We were into punk rock but we weren't really 'punk.' We thought punk was funny. After all, this was the late-'80s. Post-punk was a memory, and everything was totally damaged and weird. We were kind of more with the times than the catalog-punks with mohawks and bondage pants."
Recorded in original Unwound drummer Brandt Sandeno's parents' basement over one weekend in the winter of 1991, the 12-song vinyl-only album captures Vern Rumsey and Justin Trosper in their Metal Circus and Bleach-influenced halcyon days. In true DIY spirit, Numero has hand-screened the entire pressing of 1050 LPs, which includes three cover variants (one of which is below along with tracklisting).
GIANT HENRY "BIG BABY" TRACKLISTING 1. Super Nova 2. Gas Cap 3. Listenator 4. Stopt 5. No Duh 6. Huckleberries 7. Beautiful Name 8. Thumb Question 9. Linoleum 10. Refrigeration Scheme 11. Fathom It Again 12. Chris Jordan