South East Queensland's retro Rock and Roll three-piece The Unknowns are releasing their second official EP Forever Slaving Always Craving. Roo had a listen to the EP and a quick chat with the band ahead of its release on October 19th.
A spare fifteen minutes or so is all you need to immerse yourself in this new offering from The Unknowns. All the tracks are short, dirty and sweet and give a taste of the retro sounds and catchy songs of The Unknowns with all the intense and joyful energy of their live shows.
From Where I Stand starts out with huge atmosphere, tasty sounds and a deep bluesy groove and gives a taste of the huge sound of the recording.
Choke is rockabilly fun times. Huge thumping drums and bass coupled with the catchiness of The Ramones and a Chuck Berry flavour to boot make listening without bopping along very difficult indeed.
Doin’ The Grind – that catchy riff akin to I Want Candy by The Strangeloves gets me everytime. You can watch the music video for this previously released lead single HERE.
I Wonder Why – brings the attitude and the passion. Character vocals are spat out and the song takes a heavier approach with some guitar work and sounds reminiscent of George Thorogood. A fantastic example of blues rock that shows off their amazing talent and style.
Can you tell our readers a little about the recording process for this EP?
Basically all the songs were recorded live with no click . We then went over after and did lead guitar overdubs and some vocals. We feel it's the best recordings yet, and there is more to come.
You’ve recently released your music video for Doin’ The Grind, shot by local legend Will Johnstone. Can you tell our readers a little about the filming process?
The filming process was great. Will is an extremely talented guy and we all knew what we wanted it to look like. It only took about 2 hours to shoot the whole thing.
You’ve just come off a big tour, are there any bands you’ve come across on the road that our readers should know about?
Yes we played with Gold coast band Whine who were tight as. No Parade from Byron were fantastic also.
What can audience members expect from your upcoming EP launch shows?
At our shows people can expect a wild time; we will also be selling lots of merch at both launches so bring some cash.
Sunny Coasters can catch The Unknowns on October 19th at Cafe Le Monde, Noosa w/ Stoker and Dear Noonan.
Brisbanites can catch them on October 20th at Lefty's Old Time Music Hall w/ special guests.
You can grab all the details of The Unknowns' upcoming events HERE.