HarDCore punk was the reigning sound when Mark Robinson and school chum Phil Krauth started Unrest, a group named after a song by terribly unhip '70s prog-rockers Henry Cow. The group was wildly eclectic from the start and, though they dabbled in avant-garde and funk, tended more towards angular, explosive indie-rock. By the early '90s, when Velocity Girl's Bridget Cross joined on bass, the band forged their own deft kind of propulsive, minimalist pop. 1992's Imperial f.f.r.r., originally released on a subsidiary of Caroline, was a nearly perfect distillation of this sound. B.P.M. — which stands not only for beats per minute but the group's personnel during this period — is an essential collection of singles, outtakes and extended mixes from a year or so before and after that record. If only it included "Yes She Is My Skinhead Girl," or their Factory covers single for Sub Pop, it would be its equal.
By John Everhart on 04.25.14 in Features
An oral history of the influential zine chickfactor, as told by its founders, Belle and Sebastian, the Magnetic Fields, Yo La Tengo and more.
By Maura Johnston on 07.19.10 in Interviews
In the 26 years since starting his label, Teenbeat, Mark Robinson has put out music by some of the most fascinating bands to commit music to tape — often, those bands featured Robinson himself in a key role. Whethe...
By Douglas Wolk on 05.18.10 in Reviews
Unrest were Teenbeat majordomo Mark Robinson's first and most famous band. They went through multiple incarnations in their first seven years of existence, but the "classic" lineup (which reunited in 2005 a...
By Mike McGonigal on 04.22.11 in Reviews
TeenBeat acts tend to make either chaotic eclectic-rock or restrained aesthete-pop. Firmly in the second batch are HollAnd, the closest the label's come to finding a group that emulates Unrest's gift for mixing s...