Brooklyn’s UnWed sees some well-known names teaming up for their own take on 90ies rock and post-hardcore. Armed with a solid rhythm section consisting of Hot Water Music bassist Jason Black and Jeff Gensterblum (ex-Small Brown Bike) on drums along with Arty Shepherd, who has played in a variety of NYC bands including Errortype:11 and Gay For Johnny Depp. And then there are the vocals of former Hot Water Music tour manager Neltie Penman, who give the whole thing a face all their own.
Following up on their “Made Of” EP, the band plows through ten songs on “Raise The Kids”, UnWed’s debut full-length. And honestly, they are doing a pretty good job. Not every track on here is equally strong though. For every song like “Derelict Monroe”, “The Innocent” and “Weapons”, there is another one that doesn’t come with the same sense of urgency. One constant however is the dark and moody atmosphere that seeps through in every single track on here thanks to the heavy guitars and Neltie’s cold and slightly distant vocals.