This clip was posted on another list. After reading this I think I'm gonna dig out my old Teenbeat & Simple Machines seven inches.
Washington Post article about the Teenbeat 20th anniversary
Teenbeat Revisits Its Salad Days
Monday, February 28, 2005; Page C10
Mark Robinson is hardly a teenager anymore, but he's still the
curator of Teenbeat, the indie-rock label he founded as an Arlington
high schooler in 1985. Robinson lives in Boston these days, yet
Washington is where he and numerous other Teenbeat veterans assembled
for a series of gigs marking the label's 20th anniversary. The band
that started it all, Robinson's Unrest, reunited to headline the
first of two shows at the Black Cat. Although the trio split a decade
ago, it (and five other Teenbeat acts) managed to sell out the club
The version of Unrest that performed was its final incarnation, with
Bridget Cross on bass, and the band emphasized material from that
period. In its early days, Unrest was chaotically eclectic, but it
settled into a style that mixed '80s British indie-pop with the modal
locomotion of the Velvet Underground and various Krautrock outfits.
That's the formula it followed at the Black Cat, ranging from the
hushed "Imperial" to the churning "Cath Carroll." The music wasn't
complex, but it required both precision and vigor, which Robinson,
Cross and drummer Phil Krauth supplied with no apparent strain. From
the far side of adolescence, Unrest still sounded passionate about
rhythm, noise and -- in Robinson's case -- girls.
Most other Teenbeat acts have tended to sound something like Unrest,
and that was certainly the case with the two that preceded the
headliner Thursday evening. Eggs, which also reunited for the
occasion, had a wider range of timbres, with congas, keyboards and
trombone jostling the scratchy guitars. If their collage of styles
was unpredictable from moment to moment, in its entirety it was not
unfamiliar. Eggs were preceded by Plus/Minus, whose blend of loungy
rhythms and noisy guitar neatly exemplified the grown-up Teenbeat
-- Mark Jenkins
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