I wasn’t sure what I was expecting when I first put on Unwed, but it was not what I thought it would be. To say I was blown away would be like describing a Cat 5 hurricane as a slight breeze. The two tracks on this 7” are dark, brooding, but also insanely damn catchy. After listening to both sides of this over a dozen times, I still wanted more. Each song is built on prominent bass lines, surrounded by layer upon layer of textured guitar riffs, including lots of reverb. It’s a perfect home for Neltie Penman’s simultaneously beautiful and creepy vocals. At times, Penman sounds like a possessed Debbie Harry haunting the building that used to be CBGB’s. It’s a dichotomy that perfectly fits the band’s sound. The rest of Unwed’s lineup includes Hot Water Music’s Jason Black, Arty Shepherd of Primitive Weapons, Jeff Gensterblum of Small Brown Bike, and guitarist Matt Kane. Unwed more than lives up to their collective pedigree, with tunes that I found both more nuanced and more enjoyable than many of the members’ established projects.
–Paul J. Comeau (No Idea)