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The Unawares / Press

“Earlier this year, singer/guitarist John Watkins (tone: shrill, eyes: mean), bassist James Wallace (tone: thumpy, eyes: bespectacled), and drummer Rhett Berger (tone: clangy, eyes: googly) released a masterpiece titled Absinthe Acres.”

“Over the course of four albums, the band has managed to craft a sound that, while indebted to early 1980s punk rockers like Hüsker Dü and Minutemen, is uniquely its own.”

“Actually, you know that band Jack Black supposedly joins in High Fidelity? The Unawares are what that band would have sounded like in real life.”

“The Unawares, the world’s only boogie-punk-soul band, will release “Absinthe Acres” on vinyl. ”

“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.”

“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.”

“The Unawares, Pinkie Greene Raw, unassuming, yet immediate and melodic.”

"The Unawares, best live Rock band in South Carolina, hands down."

“With short, sharp, melodic songs, the high-energy three-piece takes over a stage and a room.”

“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.”

“The Unawares make it impossible to get bored with two-minute songs that are blasts of raucous, quirky alt-rock.”

“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.”

“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



“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 - David Obuchowski of Distant Correspondent, Goes Cube