Formed - 1988 in New York.

Noise rock trio of Chris Spencer (The Cutthroats 9), Vincent Signorelli (Swans) and Dave Curran (The Cutthroats 9 & The J.J. Paradise Players Club). The original lineup consisted of Spencer, Pete Shore and drummer Charlie Ondras, who passed away from a drug overdose in 1992.

The video for the song "Scrape" (from their 1995 album Scattered, Smothered & Covered) received a lot of airplay on MTV and became their biggest hit to date.

In early August 2019, Chris Spencer announced the band is permanently ceasing activity.

On 27th August 2021, Chris Spencer announced the formation of a new lineup of Unsane via the band's Instagram page, alongside new members Cooper and Jon Syverson, with the specific focus on performing the band's early material.

Note - in order to avoid confusion with the heavy metal band of the same name, they often use the suffix "NYC".


CIRCUIT 006 Unsane - Improvised Munitions album art Unsane Improvised Munitions (Album, Comp) Circuit Records (2) CIRCUIT 006 US 1989 Sell This Version
SLANG 015 Unsane - Unsane album art Unsane Unsane (Album) Matador SLANG 015 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
EFA 04926-1 Unsane - Total Destruction album art Unsane Total Destruction (Album) Matador, Atlantic EFA 04926-1 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
AMREP 039-1 Unsane - Scattered, Smothered & Covered album art Unsane Scattered, Smothered & Covered (Album) Amphetamine Reptile Records AMREP 039-1 US 1995 Sell This Version
ZIKSBB-022 Unsane - Attack In Japan album art Unsane Attack In Japan (Album) Bloody Butterfly ZIKSBB-022 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
MR-069 Unsane - Amrep Christmas album art Unsane Amrep Christmas (Album) Man's Ruin Records MR-069 US 1997 Sell This Version
CD 085-45922-P Unsane - Occupational Hazard album art Unsane Occupational Hazard (Album) Relapse Records CD 085-45922-P Sweden 1997 Sell This Version
RR 6639 Unsane - Blood Run album art Unsane Blood Run (Album) Relapse Records RR 6639 US 2005 Sell This Version
DYMC-030, TGCS-4164 Unsane - Visqueen album art Unsane Visqueen (Album) Ipecac Recordings DYMC-030, TGCS-4164 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
VIRUS436 Unsane - Wreck album art Unsane Wreck (Album) Alternative Tentacles VIRUS436 US 2012 Sell This Version
LORD 244 Unsane - Sterilize album art Unsane Sterilize (Album) Southern Lord LORD 244 US 2017 Sell This Version
001 Unsane - The Out Sides album art Unsane The Out Sides(CD) Lamb House 001 US 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

TR 020 Unsane - This Town / Urge To Kill album art Unsane N.Y.C.* This Town / Urge To Kill Treehouse Records (2) TR 020 US 1989 Sell This Version
SP76 Unsane - Vandal-X b/w Streetsweeper album art Unsane Vandal-X b/w Streetsweeper (Single) Sub Pop SP76 US 1990 Sell This Version
GR 0090 Unsane - Concrete Bed / El Mundo album art Unsane Concrete Bed / El Mundo(7", Single) Glitterhouse Records GR 0090 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
none Unsane - Jungle Music  album art Unsane Jungle Music PCP Productions none US 1991 Sell This Version
PCP 003 Unsane - Breathththing Out / Streetsweeper album art Unsane / Slug (6) Unsane / Slug (6) - Breathththing Out / Streetsweeper PCP Entertainment PCP 003 US 1992 Sell This Version
PRCD 5440 Unsane - Body Bomb album art Unsane Body Bomb (Single) Matador, Atlantic PRCD 5440 US 1993 Sell This Version
SFRCD123 Unsane - The Peel Sessions album art Unsane The Peel Sessions (EP, Comp) Strange Fruit SFRCD123 UK 1993 Sell This Version
ZIKS-023 Unsane - Live! album art Unsane / Copass Grinderz Unsane / Copass Grinderz - Live! ZK Records ZIKS-023 Japan 1995 Sell This Version
MR-024 Unsane - Sick / No Soul album art Unsane Sick / No Soul(7", Single, Pin) Man's Ruin Records MR-024 US 1996 Sell This Version
Hole 016 Unsane - No Soul / Weekend Warrior album art Unsane / Feedtime Unsane / Feedtime - No Soul / Weekend Warrior(7", Single) Black Hole Records Hole 016 Australia 1996 Sell This Version
PAN 019 Unsane - Erase Yer Head # 5 album art Unsane / Hint (3) Unsane / Hint (3) - Erase Yer Head # 5(7") Pandemonium Records (2) PAN 019 France 1997 Sell This Version
none Unsane - Committed / Over Me album art Unsane Committed / Over Me(7", Single) Galaxia none US 1998 Sell This Version
DC996 Unsane - This Plan Australian Tour Single album art Unsane This Plan Australian Tour Single(7", Ltd) D.C Records DC996 US 2001 Sell This Version

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December 30, 2019
For 30 years Unsane played heavier and nastier than many other bands. From their first single to their final album it was screaming vocals, distorted guitars, grinding bass lines, and heavy drums. Consistency was the key to their success in my opinion. You can pick up any record and immediately understand what they were about, whether you liked it or not is another story. Its sad to see they're no longer together but it was a damn good run. RIP to such a great band.


March 9, 2016
Oh yeah, Scattered, Smothered & Covered is getting a vinyl reissue.


March 31, 2006
edited over 16 years ago
Along with Velvet Underground and Sonic Youth (although on an entirely different musical plane), NYC favorite sons Unsane are one of those bands that seems to epitomize what the city is about. By now, many people are familiar with their trademarks - raw and noisy rock music with heavily distorted vocals courtesy of Chris Spencer and bloody record covers, featuring nearly everything from the man lying on the subway tracks with his head cut off to a girl in the bathub on their latest "Blood Run". They went on a hiatus in the mid 90s and suffered the death of a drummer Charlie Ondras in 1992. But as of now, all of those black clouds seem to be gone and they're back to form. Long may they reigh.

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