Punk pioneers tease with powerful new single
Classic. Iconic. Legendary. These words have meaning but their chronic overuse by eager young bloggers has robbed them of most of it, at least until you start talking about a group with some real gravitas.
Then legendary means legendary again and if there’s a local act more deserving of the title than The Unsatisfied, I don’t who it would be. The band that started thirty years ago in East Ridge, TN is currently recording an EP of brand new music and I got to hear the first track just a little while ago.
“Slugs” is the name of the track and it is two minutes and twenty-eight seconds of pure, unadulterated punk goodness from a band that has played with some of the greatest and most important names the genre ever produced. I am tempted to make a Dorian Gray reference here, suggesting that there is an aging portrait of Scealf in an attic somewhere because his voice isn’t aging at all, but it isn’t just Scealf.
Everything about this song sounds like “new old stock,” as though it was recorded 30 years ago and then lovingly hidden away until today. I don’t mean that it’s dated, it’s a timeless treasure, but it also isn’t a “retro” project or a modern imitation. It is as purely authentic as it gets, and when the disc is ready for release, it’s going to be a quintessential punk masterpiece.
When that happens, you’ll be able to read about it here in great detail. In the meantime, there’s plenty of fantastic material on the band’s Facebook and Reverbnation pages.