UNSEEN, THE: Explode: CD

Aug 27, 2009

It’s tough for me to wholeheartedly endorse The Unseen partially because it bugs me when bands go so far to dress up like classic punk rockers. It’s my hang up, I know, but really, it’s not Halloween and you’re not shocking anyone. You’d be better off just wearing what’s comfortable. Also, I think The Unseen’s over-the-top crusty look tends to stick them in a category with much lesser bands like the Casualties, which is a shame, because The Unseen is way better. My other hang up with The Unseen is that I liked guitarist Paul Russo’s first band, The Pinkerton Thugs, so much better. When I can get beyond those two things, which really are my problem and not the band’s, I have to admit that The Unseen is a solid band. They bring a lot of energy to their songs, and, though it’s fast and angry throughout, there’s enough difference between songs to keep things interesting. I like the way Paul sings, too, and he seems to be singing more on Explode than he did on their last album. Overall, it makes for a pretty good listen.

 –sean (BYO)