Kid Is Gone is the unquiet portrait of primal Unwound. Before 1993’s Fake Train ripped through, they’d been Giant Henry, Supertanker, and Cygnus X-1, short-lived black holes gathering dark material into something built to explode. From Justin Trosper, Vern Rumsey, and Brandt Sandeno’s first restive years, “Crab Nebula” might’ve best prepared the indie-sphere for what Unwound became, had Sandeno’s split not stalled their planned debut. Part 1 in Numero’s 4-part reissue project, Kid Is Gone documents signal chaos in Olympia’s fertile scene before Unwound’s turbulent noise hit stride, in unrevealed period photos, 34 tracks, and three LPs—cassette-only demos, early 7”s, a KAOS radio broadcast, material tracked live in a local basement, and all of what became 1994’s Unwound, on which the band’s prehistory plays out in a feral maelstrom of screaming, distortion, feedback, and abrasive promise.
First in a series of four box sets compiling all of Unwounds recordings. The 3LP box is a limited edition of 4000 copies worldwide.
A1 to A7 issued 1991 on Unwound cassette (self-released)
B1 to B3 issued 1992* on Caterpillar 7″ (KRS-203*)
B4 issued 1991 on Kill Rock Stars compilation LP/CD (KRS-201)
C1 to D5 issued 1995 on Unwound CD (HB-07) and LP (PNMV-06)
D6 and D7 previously unissued.
E1 to F5 previously unissued.
A1 to A7 recorded at Yoyo Studio/Capitol Theater, Olympia, Washington October 13-14, 1991. Remixed at Neanderhall Recording Studio, February 3-5, 2013.
B1 to B3 recorded at Avast! Studio, Seattle, Washington, February 15-16, 1992.
B4 recorded at The Mushroom, Olympia, Washington, July 22, 1991.
C1 to D7 recorded at Avast! Studio, Seattle, Washington May 29-31, 1992.
E1 to E5 recorded at KAOS, March 30, 1992.
F1 to F5 recorded live in Damon’s basement, May 16, 1992.
(Numero Group Records)