Disturbing the Peace

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The Units
Digital Stimulation (1980)


image courtesy Scott Ryser

With some notable and important exceptions, the punk and new wave movements were primarily driven by guitar-centric bands. For all of their posturing about doing something that set their music apart from the prevailing pop music landscape, one look at most punk bands revealed the standard guitar/bass/drums configuration. Some added a keyboard. But the synthesizer -- an oft-abused instrument that had only come into wide use a few years before -- did form the core of a handful of innovative bands coming about in the punk era. And San Francisco-based group The Units featured two musicians playing them, plus a drummer. After finding its footing through the release of several singles, EPs and a various artists collection, 415 Records fully entered the world of albums with The Units' 1980 LP Digital Stimulation.

Disturbing the Peace chapter on The Units is based upon interviews with The Units' Scott Ryser and Rachel Webber, plus insights and memories from 415 Records founder Howie Klein.

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