Sara Lund is a female drummer from Olympia, Washington who is best known for her work with the cult punk band Unwound. She was playing for Witchypoo when she joined Unwound in 1992 after Brandt Sandeno, Unwound’s original drummer quit.
Sara Lund’s versatile drumming style has been described as unconventional, inventive, and original, she is also known as a terrifyingly rigid or spacious and loose drummer. Besides playing drums, Sara Lund also plays a number of different percussive instruments including “cowbell, Korean temple block, African agogo bells, ribbon crasher, Vibra-Slap, maracas, tambourine, cabasa, jingle bells, and goat nails.
Sara Lund Biography
Sara Lund started playing drums at the age of 12, inspired by watching her older brother play in a local band. Lund grew up in Indiana and she moved to Olympia, Washington briefly as a child in the mid-1980s and then back again as an adult in 1991. Sara Lund started playing drums in the school band and was self-taught. This talented drummer even got her first drum set when she was fourteen.
Sara currently lives in Portland, Oregon. Sara Lund also has a master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Washington and BA in Liberal Arts from The Evergreen State College.
After honing her skills and playing drums in various high school bands, she joined Unwound in 1992, just as the band was beginning to gain a mass following. Sara Lund quickly established herself as an integral part of Unwound’s sound, her inventive drumming style helping to create the band’s unique blend of punk, post-hardcore, and experimental noise rock.
Sara Lund With Unwound
Over the next decade, Sara Lund toured extensively with Unwound, appearing on all of the band’s albums. She also became a member of Jeff Mangum’s post-Neutral Milk Hotel group, The Olivia Tremor Control, appearing on their 2000 album, ‘Black Foliage: Animation Music Volume One’.
Unwound carries the post-hardcore style commonly played in classical music such as New Plastic Ideas and Repetition. Unwound experimented with dissonant sounds and studio dubbing tricks at 1998’s Challenge for a Civilized Society.
After Unwound’s dissolution in 2002, Sara Lund joined the Olympia-based punk band Sleater-Kinney, appearing on their 2004 album, ‘The Woods’. She remained with the band until their hiatus in 2006.
Sara Lund Projects
Since then, Sara Lund has toured and recorded with a number of different artists, including Stephen Malkmus, The Gossip, and her own group, Witchypoo. She has also worked as a producer and engineer, most notably on the self-titled debut album by The Corin Tucker Band.
Sara is excited to be offering private drum lessons out of her home studio in NE Portland and at Revival Drum Shop. She is specializing in beginners, Sara aims to instill a passion for drums and an ear for listening in her students.
Sara Lund is currently a member of Nocturnal Habits and Hungry Ghost and teaches drumming lessons. She is truly a very talented female drummer and does not hesitate to share her knowledge with the younger generation.