The Numero Group's exhaustive Unwound reissue campaign continues on March 18, when the archival label releases Rat Conspiracy, a 32-track set collecting two full albums and a host of rarities, live recordings, and singles.
The second installment in a four-part retrospective series, Rat Conspiracy follows last year's Kid Is Gone, which covered the post-hardcore crew's nascent days, leading up to their proper debut album, 1993's Fake Train. Available in digital and vinyl formats, the upcoming reissue pairs Fake Train with Unwound's 1994 follow-up, New Plastic Ideas, and bundles in a third LP featuring the "Mkultra" and "Negated" singles, little-heard radio sessions, rarities salvaged from old compilations, and a menacing cover of the Minutemen's "Plight."
Rat Conspiracy (which takes its name from a one-time working title for Fake Train) also includes vintage photographs and a 10,000-word narrative written by "latter-day Unwound diarist" David Wilcox. Best of all, though, is the fact that all 32 of the box set's tracks are streaming right here at SPIN. For a sprawling tour through Unwound's open-nerve noise-punk, dive into Rat Conspiracy below.
Pre-order the package through the Numero Group. A special bonus LP containing a demo version of Fake Train recorded by Nation of Ulysses' Tim Green is also up for grabs. That mail-order only vinyl is limited to 1,000 copies.