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“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day.

After his Unwound band mate Vern Rumsey proved very popular with his choice, I couldn’t sit on this one any longer. This is the lead vocalist and guitarist from the best NW power trio since Nirvana, and the band I always pretended to be in while standing in front of the mirror, doing Who-esque guitar wheels and scream-synching at the top of my silent lungs. He is the man who I drunkenly asked to play “Broken E-Strings” at the Dublin Castle in London. After Unwound he formed a band called Survival Knife with pre-Sara Lund Unwound drummer Brandt Sandeno (who he also played with in bands Young Ginns and Worst Case Scenario) and do you know what they’re great too. It’s the blonde-haired head down rock whirlwind and PNW DIY punk, welcome to VS Mr. Justin Trosper!

Above is aforementioned Unwound classic “Broken E Strings” – which I knew from the Jabberjaw comp but which has recently-ish appeared on “Unwound – A Single History 1991-1997” a must-have.

Below is the story of how I got into Unwound plus Vern Rumsey’s “Song For Ewe”. Since this was published it appears that Unwound’s band pic erroneously appeared on the Steel Pole Bath Tub Wiki page – go figure!

In tribute: VERN RUMSEY of UNWOUND (RIP) – Song For Ewe

Justin agreed to a “song for ewe” a while back, and he has chosen some new music that’s a real scoop, by a former Caustin Resin & Built To Spill player, so without further ado, it’s…


“The Pacific Northwest can still run deep even now after years of grungy nonsense that we have learned to ignore.

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Boise, Idaho with my band Survival Knife and reconnected with Brett Netson, a Boise local and veteran of many bands. After getting back home I discovered Brett had sent me a copy of his new record, Brett Netson and Snakes “Scavenger Cult” EP.


The combination of having an actual record sent to a mailbox that sounded like a gem of desperate PNW rock brought me back to what I loved about growing up here.

Heavy, dark, rainy, mountainous, analog boom bang and scree. The record makes me want to see the band. It brings forth mystery. It feels real– like a Wipers record.”