Aug. 4, 2005

The Unseen to Be More Seen

By Randy J. Klodz

Haling from Boston--the home of punk band Dropkick Murphys--The Unseen, a hard-hitting punk band in their own right--is doing its best to be well, seen. Chicago will get a chance to sneak a peek at what is rumored to be a lively stage show by the Unseen when the band comes through Logan Square Auditorium on Sept. 11.

The Unseen--which includes Mark (vocals), Scott (guitar), Tripp (bass, vocals), and Pat Melzard (drums)--has toured the world behind their fast-paced, explosive punk. Now on the road in support of “State of Discontent,” cities across the nation will once again get a taste of the Unseen.

While the Unseen often borrows from elements of various popular punk bands worldwide, the band shows its appreciation for classic rock. The closing track to “State of Discontent” features a snappy, punch-in-the-face cover of the classic Rolling Stones track “Paint It Black.”

Slick tracks “Dead Weight Falls,” “Waste of Time,” and “Weapons of Mass Deception” feature machine gun guitars and thumping drums, with Mark’s rapid-fire lyrics setting tracks ablaze.

Paying homage to other musicians within their punk circle, the members of the Unseen enlisted Dicky Barret of the Mighty Might Bosstones to add vocals to “Paint It Black” and Lars Frederiksen of Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards also supplies guest vocals on the album.

Logan Square Auditorium is at 2539 N. Kedzie Blvd. Tickets for this all-ages show are listed for $12 each in advance with show time slated for 5 p.m. Fellow rock bands A Global Threat and Time Again are scheduled to open. For more info on the Unseen check out www.unseenpunks.com.

The Unseen Photo: c/o Epitaph