Friday, September 11, 2015

Out today: UNBROKEN - "And/Fall on Proverb"

Three One G's reissue of Unbroken's "And/Fall on Proverb" seven-inch is out today.

Listen to "Fall on Proverb," here.

Buy the reissue on gold vinyl, here.

Originally released in 1994, Unbroken's "And/Fall on Proverb" seven-inch was the very first release on Three One G, the label founded that year in San Diego by Justin Pearson. Over the next two decades, Pearson would become an international name, founding bands such as The Locust, Some Girls, Head Wound City, and Retox, and releasing music by all these bands and more (Cattle Decapitation, Black Dice, The Blood Brothers...) via Three One G. Pearson has always paid maximum respect to Unbroken, the band at the heart of the Three One G story, and credited it with influencing the label's rebellious path. When the entire hardcore scene was dressing like the Beastie Boys and rehashing self-righteous lyrics, Unbroken wore pompadours and collared shirts and found inspiration in The Smiths.

Unbroken's Life. Love. Regret. album, also released in 1994, is widely hailed as an all-time hardcore classic. A 2008 cover story in Alternative Press named Unbroken one of "23 Bands Who Shaped Punk," alongside Crass, Bad Brains, Black Flag, Cro-Mags, Bikini Kill, and Fugazi. From that article: 

"By the time Unbroken disbanded in 1995, their bleak, introspective lyrics and greaser look influenced two bands which changed the trajectory of modern hardcore: American Nightmare's suicide-note lyrics begat a generation of hardcore kids fixated on their own sadness, and Eighteen Visions' Morrissey-meets-Hollywood style was the template for metalcore fashion." 

Read more about Unbroken, Justin Pearson and Three One G, here and here.

Photo by Rich Cook