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The Unawares / Bio

The Unawares, of Columbia, SC, have been together as a rock trio since 2006.

The band has shared the stage with international and regional acts including Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Melt Banana, Reigning Sound, Elyas Khan, Daikaiju, The Love Language, Company (Co.), Coma Cinema, Goes Cube, Bambara, Can't Kids and Say Brother.

In early 2007, local recording engineer/producer Chris Wenner approached The Unawares after a show and offered to record the band live using a two-track analog machine in his vaulted-ceilinged loft. The “Tooth Dip” EP, released in November of 2007, was the first collaboration between The Unawares and Wenner.

“Pinkie Greene” was the full-length follow-up, recorded in Wenner’s Anole Ridge Studio in West Columbia, SC. “Pinkie Greene” opened doors along the east coast region, including Athens, Atlanta, Charlotte, Charleston, Philadelphia and Brooklyn.

Watkins introduced the band to new material in early 2010, which the band developed together. The Unawares entered Anole Ridge Studio in May 2010 to record their 15-track full-length, “When The Trees Are Empty” (released early January, 2011).

In mid-2012, The Unawares recorded their 4th full-length album, "Absinthe Acres," with Wenner at Anole Ridge Studio. The 12-track album was officially released (12" vinyl) on April 6, 2013 at New Brookland Tavern in West Columbia, SC. Opening acts included Modern Man, Company (Co.) and Wage Slaves.

The Unawares – “Absinthe Acres” (2013):
- Recorded by Chris Wenner and mixed by Wenner and The Unawares at Anole Ridge Studio, West Columbia, SC;
- Tracked Live to 1/2-inch tape, mixed to 1/4-inch tape, mastered to Vinyl.
- This is an all-analogue release. No computers were involved in the process.

Quotes by various music journalists and Artists about The Unawares:

"Columbia, SC's The Unawares were effin' amazing. Like a punky kraut rock Soft Boys (or something)."--tweet by Ted Leo (Ted Leo & The Pharmacists), October 27, 2011.
"We’ve been touting the smart, sharp garage-punk of The Unawares — kissing cousins to The Minutemen — in the annals of Free Times for quite a while now, fervently championing John Watkins’ fleet guitar work and oblique non sequiturs, James Wallace’s saber-dancing basslines and Rhett Berger’s brawny, barreling drumming. If you haven’t heeded our advice … well, get aware, dummies." -- Patrick Wall, Free Times, Columbia, SC.
"The Unawares, the world’s only boogie-punk-soul band, will release “Absinthe Acres” on vinyl." -- Otis R.Taylor, Jr., The State, April 6, 2013
“The Unawares pack a lot of musicality, frustration, and commentary into very dense and concise outbursts. Each strange song on Pinkie Green is a winner. ”
— T. Ballard Lesemann, Charleston City Paper
“The Unawares, Pinkie Greene Raw, unassuming, yet immediate and melodic.”
— Kevin Oliver, Music That Matters Best Local of 2009
"The Unawares, best live Rock band in South Carolina, hands down."
— Josh Smith of The Columbia Beet, Free Times
“With short, sharp, melodic songs, the high-energy three-piece takes over a stage and a room.”
— E. Moore, Free Times
“Together since 2006, The Unawares play a spastic version of garage rock that’s closer to the Minutemen or the No Wave bands of NYC like James Chance and the Contortions than anything else I’ve heard lately.”
— Kevin Oliver, Music That Matters
“The Unawares make it impossible to get bored with two-minute songs that are blasts of raucous, quirky alt-rock.”
— Splattered Inc.
“The Unawares make music that is short and catchy enough to hook any listener, but is complexly crafted enough to win over even the most jaded indie rock fan.”
— Splattered Inc.
“ The band's bare-bones approach, which mixes Minutemen-style bursts of free-form melody and a decidedly retro ethos, makes inventive use of its limited three-piece set-up. It's experimental garage-rock for the ADHD-afflicted. ”
— Eric Greenwood, Free Times
“ There’s a reason people still play punk rock (or indie rock, pick your own vernacular), and The Unawares pretty much sum that up in their every three-minute bout. Sometimes simplicity just feels right, and it always feels right now”
— B. Reed, Free Times
“Mission:Party.” — Flagpole
“If ever a band seemed to be hanging precariously on the precipice of spontaneous combustion, this is it.”
— B. Reed, Free Times
"The Unawares are, essentially, the kings of Columbia, South Carolina. They are the band that most NYC bands dream of being. Believe it. This is their first NYC performance. It's their third bill with Goes Cube. We can tell you in all certainty, these guys are fucking great."
— David Obuchowsky of Goes Cube

Full Discography:
"Absinthe Acres" 2013
"When The Trees Are Empty" 2011
"Pinkie Greene" 2009
"Tooth Dip EP" 2007
"Hey Zeus" 2006

General Info

Band Members
John Watkins-Vox, Elec. guitar, James Wallace-Elec. bass, Rhett Berger- drums
Artist Name
The Unawares
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Rock / Punk Rock / Alternative

Contact Info

Columbia, SC