dave unger worked in the washington, d.c area as a jazz pianist and commercial musician, while developing original music, recording and releasing independent records and performing locally and regionally with indie rock bands. after dropping out from a master’s program in composition at peabody conservatory, he formed love 666, with angel (drums) and joe johnson (guitar) in 1993. guitarists bill longhorse and gary mono later played with love 666. the band developed a free improvisatory style characterized by a) the conscious attempt of the individual players to avoid listening to each other and playing ‘together’ while improvising, and b) the deliberate use of fragments of prearranged material as an integral component of the improvisation. love 666 recorded and released an eponymous debut album, then signed with amphetamine reptile records and released several singles and two records, american revolution and please kill yourself so i can rock. a third record, nashville sounds, was rejected by the label. an exact copy of nashville sounds became dave unger’s first solo record using the band name rock, titled rock on baby through the american night. love 666 toured extensively in the us and europe.
mostly based in nyc since the late 90s, dave continued to record and tour with rock and joe johnson’s band, usadown. in the 2000s, he created a set of sample-based recordings and conceptual art based on the music of the rolling stones, components of which were initially released in late 2022, including a double lp, fuck the rolling stones. his current projects are soul outlaw and weather underground. weather underground is the first in a series of semi-documentary multimedia projects focusing on revolutionary organizations, also to include black panther party and red army faktion.
soul outlaw current release status: maxi-single
weather underground current release status: 2023 mix tape components, 2022 audio component, 2021 audio component, 2019 mix tape components, 2013 mix tape components, 2008 text adaptation
rolling stones current release status: fuck the rolling stones (full release), exile on main street (description and partial release), sympathy for the devil, weather underground, rolling stones (tbd)
special thanks to angel, bill longhorse, joe johnson, marc farre, amrep