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- Kid Is Gone by Unwound
9/10 Ian Staff review, 20 September 2013
Numero bring you another beautiful box set, this is the first in a series of reissues by Washington post-hardcore legends Unwound. 'Kid Is Gone contains the band’s earliest recordings including cassette-only demos, early 7”s and radio broadcasts, all this housed in the usual lush Numero style box. This is the sound of a band emerging from what was left of the DC hardcore scene, with a lot of the kids that grew up with bands like Minor Threat and Black Flag now all grown up and forming their own bands, creating a more mature and darker sound to the slam dancing, energy fueled hardcore scene of the '80s, what this box set does is tell the tale of how it all started, from the beginnings of their debut album ‘Fake Train’ to what would eventually become 1995’s self-titled classic.
Unwound’s early material has a much more raw edge to it, with Justin Trosper’s vocals being that of an angry scream as opposed to the more Sonic Youth style drawl of their latter albums. As each track passes you can see the transition and maturity of the music form, production becomes more lavish and the songs become more structured. What has always been present though is the commitment to their cause, never letting down the fans by touring constantly and recording six studio albums in under 10 years. This set is the perfect companion to an already fine body of work featuring three LPs, 34 tracks and a lavish book full of unreleased period photos.
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