There are some punk bands that sing about social issues, while others prefer the lighter subjects in life such as drinking and partying. It’s safe to say that New York hardcore veterans THE CASUALTIES can now be categorized as a punk band that sings about both.
The Unseen’s inception dates back to 1993 when Mark, Tripp and Scott met while at school in Boston. Looking for something to do after school and on the weekends the misfits began making noise in their parents’ basements. Influenced by artists such as The Clash, Bad Religion and Sick of it All, the guys began playing their own unique breed of Boston punk.
The bands project turned into a full-time gig in no time. Within only a few years the band had already carved a name for themselves in the local scene with their highly energetic shows and street hustled EPs. Over the course of the next few years the band released a slew of EPs and albums and in 2002 they added drummer Pat Melzard the lineup.
With the release of each album the band’s tour schedule got more intense. In 2004 the group began a whirlwind tour that included dates in Europe, North America, Austraila, Japan and Mexico with fellow punk bands Sick of it All, Suicide Machines, Agnostic Front and Hatebreed among others. Additionally the band has done several full headlining tours across the United States.
In 2005, The Unseen signed to Hellcat Records and released State of Discontent, an aggressively raw album with stains of political discontent. Following the release the group added long time friend and guitarist Jonny for an additional punch to the band’s already hostile sound. After opening for bands such as Tiger Army and Rancid in the US and Europe to support the album, the band launched a full-blown headlining tour of the US.
Unable to stay quiet or immobile after another relentless tour, The Unseen returned to their outpost in Stoughton, Massachusetts with longtime cohort and producer Jim Siegel in late 2006 to record their fifth album, Internal Salvation.
“To me the new album starts right where State of Discontent left off,” explains frontman Mark Unseen. “We are still the unseen still playing real heavy hardcore punk but we are also not afraid to make a pro sounding album or to try something a bit different sometimes. We have always wanted to stay the same band but progress a little each album.”
The Unseen, known for voicing their opinions on social and political matters, give listeners a heavy dose of what’s on their mind with Internal Salvation, featuring songs that deal with problems in the world to the extinction of originality and thought. “Lyrically the album is mainly about not knowing what is going on and feeling like you’re at a point where you don’t know what to do to get ahead,” says Unseen.
In March of 2000, Mike Virus left The Virus to pursue a job offer in San Diego, CA. “I missed my old band a great deal, and kept in constant contact with those guys, and something just felt like it was missing in my life” says Mike. After two years of searching for band members Mike finally found the right people. “The first guy I met was Gabe when i first moved here in 2000 at an Agent Orange show in San Diego. We started talking about starting a band then but it never materialized, partly due to the fact that Gabe moved out of San Diego for several months. Once Gabe moved back to San Diego, talk of the band heated up again, but it was not until Mike met Johnny O. that talks really got serious. Mikemet John at club one night, John was playing with The Worthless at the time. “It just clicked. The guy was into the same shit as me, and he was real anxious about getting a band together.” After that Mike talked to Derek who was a friend of his and a friend of Gabe`s. Things were now set. We set out looking for a second guitarist and found Beau through an ad. Cheap Sex was now born. The band immediately got a great reaction, and within 2 months of forming had a record contract with two differnt labels having shown interest. The bands first show was with Mike’s previous band The Virus, and shows since then have included Defiance, 999, Slaughter and The Dogs, Lower Class Brats, Anti Nowhere League and English Dogs to name a few. “Punk Rock is everything to me, It’s what I live, breathe, and eat. I truly believe that even to this day, it is a true alternative to a life of complacency” says Mike, and I think that sums of Cheap Sex best.
LA’s own, The Fiends! debut LP brings you the sounds of early American Hardcore Punk featuring members of Long Beach streetpunk legends Clit 45. 13 loud riffy bangers for fans of Bad Brains, Wipers, TSOL. The sounds of yesterday for today’s fucked up world!
Dirty – Guitar / Vocals
Bugs – Bass / Vocals
Jimi – Drums
-Texas Street Punk-
ROTTEN FEW CREW
Streetpunk band from Denver, USA.
Fast, anthemic, hardcore-punk straight from the depths of Hostile City. “The Robin-Hoods of Healthcare”.
We mix a bunch of things. Punk-Hardcore-Reggae-Ska.
The original Crust Folk Established 2012 in Chicago, IL
FIGHTING FOR SCRAPS
Getting fucked up and doing fucked up shit with fucked up people
Squared Off, a 4 piece street punk band hailing from Chicago, has been making noise since 2002. At a time when people believe that the underground punk scene has died, these guys bring out some of punk’s forgotten ideals. Brotherhood, pride, voice to fight for your rights, and the words of the working class. Squared Off ‘s music gives you the sense of kinship with the understanding of the struggles of society today. Their songs can fit at any bar scene, can be heard at any local all ages venues, or the local skate park. One other belief that Squared Off has not forgotten is that the group has been DIY for quite some time. From spending an evening with their bar mates, to telling the youth what the hard life is about, to them punk rock is here to stay. Promoting, hitting the streets, and traveling anywhere there is a stage, Squared Off is ready to hit the streets of every American city.
Driven, fast-paced, and to the point, they bring the voice of the youth kicking and screaming to the ears of the complacent world, their sound reflects tenets of 80’s hardcore through the lens of the modern experience and the current cultural landscape where the resulting sound is one that transcends the traditional labels associated with punk in search of pure, unadulterated representation.
Hard hitting, fast, charged Hardcore Punk from Chicago! featuring members from Alley Slob Service and Oi! Story
Ernie Slob- Drums
Sean “Mail Man” Murdock- Guitar/Vox
Marty Rodriguez- Bass/ Vox
Fabian BarBa- Guitar/ Vox
Henry Martinez- Lead Vox
The south side of Chicago is pretty rough, especially Blue Island. It reeks of drunks, gun powder, crime, exhaust, and weed. For the sake of not confusing the reader, Chicago pedigrees NIGHTCAP wouldn’t have it any other way. When not making runs to Miska’s Liquor Emporium and the infamous Harold’s Chicken Shack, these Blue Island locals are sawing through their set all over the Midwest.
SHITIZEN is like the pied piper raping your ears as you hop on board the short bus. Just a drunk drive away to the gates of hell and you will find Chicagos newest, rawest, brutal sound.
You have been warned.
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