Unknown Nobodies are an alt/punk duo out of Baltimore, MD that plays like a three-piece. Their newest release The Perplexed Sky is a story of highs and lows; of intense relationships, of bliss, delusion and the resurfacing of demons. Singer/songwriter Jack Murray plays with the idea of self in today’s world, examining how our own perception is different than how others see us. He questions anonymity in an era where information is easy, but often misleading. The Perplexed Sky was produced by J. Robbins, a prominent figure in the legendary DC music scene of the 1980’s, 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.
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 moved 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 came to Baltimore and immersed himself in the local scene with an eye on recording a full-length album. After quickly establishing a presence with a number of shows, the band began work on The Perplexed Sky in 2018.
The band’s live shows are an intense mix of noise, melody and every emotion. As a duo, Jack uses guitars with bass parts built-in. This creates separate bass and guitar sounds that feed into their own amplifiers, similar to 90’s act Local H, but with Jack’s own technique 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 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, having been invited to perform at all but a few by local and touring acts or promoters. They have also performed at festivals including the Liberty Musicfest in Philadelphia and the Jersey Shore Music Festival in Seaside Heights, NJ.
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.
“Unknown Nobodies bring forth a powerful release with “Violet”…which features a powerful vocal delivery that ranges between harsh yells and quiet repents. A touch of grunge is embedded into the tracks runtime, using a steady stream of dynamics to bash through the threshold of abstraction.” – New Noise Magazine
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“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’ ” – 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