Unknown Nobodies are a garage punk duo that plays like a three-piece with live shows that blend raw energy with pristine melody. Their latest release The Perplexed Sky is a perfect balance of both: a story of highs and lows; delusions and demons. Jack Murray’s lyrics play with the idea of self in today’s world, examining how our perceptions differ from 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 release a 4 song EP before beginning work on their third full-length album in 2021. In addition to the EP, Jack will be recording a full-length acoustic album for release on 12″ vinyl by the end of the year.
For albums, Jack plays guitar and bass, writing dedicated parts for each. Live he uses guitars with bass parts built-in. This creates distinct bass and guitar sounds exploding out of separate amplifiers. Drummer Korey Hershberger sets-up his kit angled at the front of the stage to directly engage the crowd. As Jack explains, “I see albums and live shows as completely different pieces of art, built on the same foundation. In the studio I record bass and guitar separately, but live, they’re distinct, yet layered from one instrument. We record very fast, not doing many takes, but we take our recordings seriously and really focus on melody. Live, we play faster, harder and reckless; we really feel what we’re playing up there. They’re the same songs…but different. And that’s the point.”
The band has played throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast and have opened locally for national acts such as Smile Empty Soul, Flaw, and legendary British post-punk band Skeletal Family. They have played most home venues including Baltimore Soundstage, The Black Cat (DC), The Windup Space, Angel’s Rock Bar at Power Plant Live!, The Sidebar, The Crown, and Fish Head Cantina, among others. They’ve also played regional festivals including the Liberty Music Fest 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 recorded their first album …Or the Devil Will Get You at If and Only If Productions in Brooklyn as well as a limited 7″ split released 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, The Gits and even post-punk groups like Joy Division and The Cure, they are often described as ranging from surf punk to garage rock, alternative and even paisley underground. Powerplay Magazine (UK) claims “Think Nirvana and the White Stripes meet REM and you get close to their sound.” One promoter described their new album as “dream grunge alt-punk” while the album’s producer J. Robbins said certain elements reminded him of The Chameleons.