Orange County’s UNIT F to play 2017 Its Not Dead Festival, Sets to Release New Album Ecocide: Songs of Dysfunction
Orange County’s socio-political punk rock band Unit F will be playing the 2017 Its Not Dead Festival to be held August 26, 2017 at the Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino. “We are honored to be asked to play” said Unit F front man Mel Schantz. “I mean look at the line up… not just good bands, but great bands… on every stage.”
The festival marks another new chapter in bands the long running history, even as they prepare to release their fourth full length albumEcocide: Songs of Dysfunction, set for release in late August. The nine track album is self-produced effort (Greg Hetson assisted with mixes) which riffs on such cheery modern themes as social dystopia; environment collapse and cultural amnesia.
“Its been a busy 2017 for us” mused Schantz. “recording the songs, mixing, reviewing, playing shows and adding new drummer Ryan Hadley (ex-Rauckous). While the line up has been rock solid over the last two years, the addition of Ryan will only continue that.”
Indeed it has been a busy couple of years for the band. Since 2015, when ex-45 Grave guitarist and Sound Cage Studio owner Mark Bolton joined the band, they went on a tear writing new songs and playing shows in Orange County, San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Las Vegas. “Yeah, the response has been so good, I mean the feed back we keep getting on the new material, means that it translates well to the stage. And that’s so important…that the music continues to mean something. It really has been an incredible ride.”
“Unit F is a punk band, both in attitude and in a sonic sense…” Schantz continued, “but we expand the envelope as far as punk is concerned especially in terms of the song writing. Not as fast as some bands, but still hard hitting…and intense. Some say we sound like an OC band, some say we sound like no other band.”
The appearance at Its Not Dead marks another accomplishment for the Orange County, CA punk outfit known for their raucous stage performances and brash, scathing sound as they take the stage with musical friends and hero’s, but the release of Ecocide, the bands sixth (overall) release, is significant as well. Early play on several internet radio stations in Southern California has brought a new round of energy for the band, and the early reviews of Ecocide, which features the artwork of Orange County artist Scott Harding, have been exceptional.
The title is pretty self explanatory, and derived from a lyric from the song Blacksnake (“we’ve committed, Ecocide/ ahh we all lost our goddamn minds”). “Yeah, and its not just an album about oil pipelines (Standing Rock, the XL, etc) or our endless insatiable addiction to all the extraction industries, it’s about all the ways we mindlessly continue to disrespect the spirit of earth, our home, in favor of greed, material benefit, and the relentless destruction of the all living system of this amazing, living earth. Its not just about how we are destroying our home, it’s also about what we are doing to ourselves in the process…and why; Its about where we are, and how the hell we got here.” Ecocide. Indeed….
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