Album Review: Unwed – Raise the Kids


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Originally published on April 26th, 2015.

Sure, Hot Water Music’s members have been a part of a ton of other bands. But regardless, when it was announced that Jason Black would be in a band with members of Gay for Johnny Depp and the fantastic Small Brown Bike, who wasn’t the least bit curious? Besides, Hot Water Music, in their own right, is one of the most creative punk rock bands to exist right now. With such prolific minds working on the same project, it was hard to know what to expect.

Unwed’s new album, Raise The Kids, to me at least, sounds like a combination of all of its members’ other bands… But in a really awesome way – it’s as if they took all of the signature musical styles that made those bands who they are and put them together to form something totally different. For instance, the driving rock parts are more reminiscent of Hot Water Music (circa 2002-2004) and the heavy, down-tempo parts are very reminiscent of any of the older Small Brown Bike albums. And the guitars are very reminiscent of Gay For Johnny Depp. However what really sets this band apart is the vocalist Neltie and the way her vocals are mixed on record (they actually sound like Gay For Johnny Depp’s vocals but even creepier…). The record would not carry the overall, darker tone it does if she was not a part of it.

Read the rest of my review at Dying Scene!


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