DATA UNKNOWN: Cylinder 1: CS

Jul 21, 2023

Data Unknown describes themselves as “non-punk” and they kind of are, non punk. Cylinder 1 is a dance mix that would not be out of place at a rave or trap house, but there’s an underscore of heaviness that flows through all tracks that can only be described as dangerous, and that is punk. On Cylinder 1, Data Unknown subverts our expectations through an amalgamation of sound and music. In a way, it’s reminiscent of early Bloc Party but there’s a welcome griminess to Data Unknown (particularly on track five, “Marches On”) that cuts through any further comparison. If this is the shape of punk (or non-punk) to come, then I’m here for it. –Caitlin Santavenere (Self-released, dataunknown.bandcamp.com)

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