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|Origin||Washington, D.C., United States|
|Years active||1983–1994, 2005, 2010|
|Past members||Mark Robinson
Unrest is an indie rock band from the Washington, D.C. area. It was one of Mark Robinson's projects for what would eventually become the TeenBeat label, also created by Mark while in high school. Developing from an experimental approach of never playing the same song twice, earlier material seemed to be influenced by everything from punk to funk to Ennio Morricone. Original members Mark (guitar) and drummer Phil Krauth were joined by Bridget Cross on bass in 1990 and their sound evolved into a minimalist but lively kind of pop. The two full length albums released with this line up, 1992's Imperial f.f.r.r. and 1993's Perfect Teeth (distributed by the influential British label 4AD Records) featured finely crafted pop songs interspersed with strange avant-garde percussive and sonic tracks (sometimes featuring nothing but white noise, beeps or sirens). EPs released around the same time period reveal an even more pronounced gap between pop and experimental elements. The group broke up in 1994 with Phil pursuing a solo career and Mark and Bridget continued for a time as Air Miami, which released two singles and one album, me me me. Since Air Miami's demise in the mid '90s, Mark has continued to release various solo projects, as well as albums with his bands Cotton Candy and Flin Flon, and continues to run the TeenBeat label as well.
On February 24, 2005, Unrest played a one-time reunion show at Washington, D.C.'s Black Cat club as a part of the TeenBeat Records 20th anniversary celebration. Also appearing were Eggs, +/-, True Love Always, The Fontaine Toups, and Jonny Cohen.
On April 22, 2008, Teenbeat released an album by Bridget Cross under the alias Maybe It's Reno. The self-titled album features Robinson and Krauth on the first seven tracks, almost equating this project to another reunion of Unrest, though this time, all of the songs are written by Cross and she also performs all of the vocals.
Unrest reunited again for a small east coast tour in July 2010.
- Unrest!, TeenBeat Records (TEENBEAT 2), (05/01/1985) CS
- Lisa Carol Freemont, TeenBeat Records (TEENBEAT 6), (08/29/1985) CS
- Tink of S.E., TeenBeat Records (TEENBEAT 14), (10/31/1987) LP
- Twister, TeenBeat Records (TEENBEAT 23), (09/09/1988) CS
- Malcolm X Park, TeenBeat Records (TEENBEAT 21)/ Caroline Records, (10/31/1988) LP/CS
- Live at DC Space with Dustdevils, Easy Records (Easy 6)/ TeenBeat Records (TEENBEAT 41), (02/15/1990) CS
- Kustom Karnal Blackxploitation, TeenBeat Records (TEENBEAT 21)/ Caroline Records, (04/06/1990) LP/CS
- Imperial f.f.r.r., TeenBeat Records (TEENBEAT 77)/ Caroline Records/ No.6 Records/ Guernica, (03/16/1992) LP/CD/CS
- Perfect Teeth, TeenBeat Records (TEENBEAT 119)/ 4AD, (03/16/1992) 7" Box Set/LP/CD/CS
- Fuck Pussy Galore (& All Her Friends), TeenBeat Records (TEENBEAT 67)/ Matador Records, (12/13/1993) LP/CD/CS
- B.P.M., TeenBeat Records (TEENBEAT 175), (06/20/1995) LP/CD/CS
- Newcastle, August 4, 1993, TeenBeat Records (TEENBEAT 462), (09/28/2009) CD
- Washington D.C., February 24, 2005, TeenBeat Records (TEENBEAT 469), (09/28/2009) CD
Singles and EPs
- Unrest, TeenBeat Records (TEENBEAT 7), (11/07/1985) 7"
- Catchpellet, TeenBeat Records (TEENBEAT 28), (03/01/1989) 7"
- Catch of the Day, split single with Shudder to Think, Big Dragg Records (1990) 7"
- Cherry Cherry, TeenBeat Records (TEENBEAT 49)/ Hemiola Records, (03/11/1991) 7"
- Yes, She Is My Skinhead Girl, TeenBeat Records (TEENBEAT 42)/ K Records (IPU 17), (03/16/1991) 7"
- A Factory Record, TeenBeat Records (TEENBEAT 63)/ Sub Pop Records, (04/08/1991) 7"
- Bavarian Mods & Other Hits, TeenBeat Records (TEENBEAT 84)/ Homestead Records, (01/27/1992) 7"
- Isabel Bishop (EP), TeenBeat Records (TEENBEAT 70)/ 4AD, (07/21/1992) 7"/12"/CD
- Cath Carroll (EP), TeenBeat Records (TEENBEAT 105)/ 4AD, (06/23/1993) 7"/12"/CD
- So Sick, TeenBeat Records (TEENBEAT 98), (08/23/1993) 7"
- Stereolab & Unrest with Stereolab, TeenBeat Records (TEENBEAT 121), (10/13/1993) split 7"
- Make Out Club (Remix), TeenBeat Records (TEENBEAT 126C/D), (12/17/1993) 7"
- Animal Park E.P., TeenBeat Records (TEENBEAT 133C/D), (02/23/1994) 7"
- Extremism in Defense of Liberty is No Vice, TeenBeat Records (TEENBEAT 1), (02/23/1985) CS
- The Trouble with Harry, TeenBeat Records (TEENBEAT 11), (01/25/1986) CS
- Magic Ribbons, 7", Leopard Gecko Records (LG 005) (1991) 7" box set compilation
- Teenbeat 50, TeenBeat Records (TEENBEAT 50)/ Matador Records, (11/12/1993) CD/LP/CS
- Afternoon Delight: Love Songs From Sub Pop, Sub Pop (1992)
- International Hip Swing, K Records (1993)
- The Machines: Simple Machines 7"s (1990-1993), Simple Machines Records (SMR19), (1994)
- Musical groups disestablished in 1994
- Wakefield: Teenbeat Book of Numbers