Unknown Nobodies are an alt-rock duo out of Baltimore, MD that plays as a three-piece. The name describes the band’s aesthetic which questions anonymity in a day and age where information can be found on a whim. Lead singer and songwriter Jack Murray’s lyrics discuss the concept of self in the modern era, examining how we view ourselves versus the perception of others. And how easily we can wear a mask, portraying ourselves differently from who we are behind closed doors. These themes are exemplified in their upcoming full-length album The Perplexed Sky, which deals with the complexities of human connections. The album is a story of highs and lows; of intense relationships and all their emotions: from pure bliss and content to delusion and the resurfacing of inner demons that can destroy it all. The album will be available on all digital platforms, CD and a limited run of colored vinyl. The official release date is April 12th, 2019 with a live performance at The Windup Space in Baltimore City along with additional performances by other local acts beginning at 7pm. The first single Madeleine is available now on most streaming and download apps/websites.
The band’s live shows are an intense mix of noise, melody and emotion. As a duo, Jack uses modified guitars with bass components built-in, to achieve separate bass and guitar sounds that each feed into their own amplifier, similar to 90’s act Local H, but with Jack’s own playing style and performance. Drummer Korey Hershberger sets-up his kit catty-cornered at the front of the stage to directly engage the crowd. The band has played throughout the mid-atlantic region opening up for national acts such as Smile Empty Soul, Flaw, and legendary British post-punk band Skeletal Family. In a little over a year the band has played a number of Baltimore and DC venues including Baltimore Soundstage, The Black Cat, The Windup Space, Angel’s Rock Bar at Power Plant Live!, The Crown, The Depot, Fishhead Cantina, Sparta Inn, Joe Squared, Seasons & Sessions and Mum’s Bar. They have also performed at festivals including the Liberty Musicfest in Philadelphia and the Jersey Shore Music Festival in Seaside Heights, NJ.
The band has its roots in Gainesville, FL where they released their first EP Kakistocracy (2015), recorded by Roger Lima (Less Than Jake). Shortly after, Jack relocated to NYC where the band released their second EP …Or The Devil Will Get You recorded at If and Only If Productions in Brooklyn as well as a limited 7″ split on Leesta Vall Sound Recordings.
In 2017 Jack moved to Baltimore and quickly immersed himself in the local scene with an eye on recording a full-length album. In the summer of 2018 the band began work on The Perplexed Sky, produced by J. Robbins at Magpie Cage in Baltimore. J’s previous work includes Jawbox and Government Issue (member) as well as Clutch, Against Me!, and Jawbreaker (recording and production) among many others.
Influenced by bands such as The Wipers, Screaming Trees, REM, Agent Orange, Nirvana and the White Stripes, they are often described as ranging from surf punk to garage rock, alternative and even paisley underground. One promoter described their new album as “dream grunge alt-punk” while the album’s producer J. Robbins said it reminded him of post-punk band The Chameleons. Amelia Vandergast of A&R Factory described them as “an ethereal bouncing mix which can be loosely defined as Alternative Garage Punk Rock…which takes inspiration from the likes of Social Distortion, Nirvana, The Stray Cats, Pixies and Joy Division.”
“Every once in a while, you stumble across a track that you just know is going to become part of the soundtrack to your life. This Baltimore based band won me over from the first bar with their anthemic hit Jewel” – Amelia Vandergast, A&R Factory
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“Unknown Nobodies…have both a punk side and another that veers closer to paisley underground psychedelia” – New York Music Daily