Unknown Nobodies are a garage punk duo that plays like a three-piece out of Baltimore, MD, with intense lives shows that are a mix of melody and raw energy. Their latest release The Perplexed Sky is a story of highs and lows; of intense relationships, of bliss, delusions and the resurfacing of demons. Singer/songwriter Jack Murray plays with the idea of self in today’s world, examining how our own perceptions are different than how others see us. The Perplexed Sky was produced by J. Robbins, a prominent figure in the legendary DC music scene of the 80s and 90s, 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 album is available on translucent dark purple vinyl, CD, and all digital platforms. In 2020 the band will be releasing a few 7″ singles beginning in late spring. In addition, Jack will be recording a full-length acoustic album for release on 12″ vinyl by the end of the year.
The band’s live shows are a mix of noise, melody and frustration. As a duo, Jack uses guitars with bass parts built-in. This creates distinct bass and guitar sounds that feed into separate amplifiers, similar to 90’s act Local H, but with Jack’s own technique and performance. Drummer Korey Hershberger sets-up his kit at the front of the stage to directly engage the crowd. The band has played throughout the mid-Atlantic and Southern regions of the East Coast and have opened locally for national acts such as Smile Empty Soul, Flaw, and legendary British post-punk band Skeletal Family. They have played a number of local venues including Baltimore Soundstage, The Black Cat (DC), The Windup Space, Angel’s Rock Bar at Power Plant Live!, The Sidebar, The Crown, Fish Head Cantina, among many others, 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 New Jersey.
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. After quickly establishing a presence with a number of shows, the band began work on The Perplexed Sky in 2018.
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 certain elements reminded him of post-punk band The Chameleons.