The Olympia music scene of the late ’80s and early ’90s was important for a variety of reasons. It was where Calvin Johnson founded K Records as well as the influential band, Beat Happening; it was the scene of the Riot Grrrl movement, responsible for bands such as Sleater-Kinney and Bikini Kill; the music of Olympia inspired Kurt Cobain, who moved there from Aberdeen before heading to Seattle. And then there was Unwound, a noisy little band that moved to Olympia from a neighboring city called Tumwater.
Perhaps the most admirable thing about Unwound was their ability and willingness to evolve. Although the Sonic Youth-inspired indie noise rock they so loved would be a constant in each of their albums, they never shied... Read More