Unrest, B.P.M. (1991-1994)

Mike McGonigal

By Mike McGonigal

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Singles, outtakes and extended mixes from the group’s Imperial period.

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.