Sara Lund, the drummer of the highly influential Olympia band Unwound discusses the band’s swansong Leaves Turn Inside You, which turned 20 years old this past April in an interview with Ears to Feed.
Building off of the post-hardcore style the band would master on classics like New Plastic Ideas and Repetition, Unwound experimented with dissonant noise and dub studio trickery on 1998’s Challenge for a Civilized Society.
With their next release, the band took things even further. Incorporating layered instrumentation and stretching songs out toward epic lengths, 2001’s Leaves Turn Inside You remains a lasting masterpiece, which has only gained more appreciation over time.
In a lengthy conversation Lund recalls memories of recording and touring around the album, the telekinetic bond she shared with band members Justin Trosper and the late Vern Rumsey, the unfortunate situations that led to Unwound disbanding and the possibility of playing the album’s songs in future live performances.
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