“Sounds like the Ramones.”
“Reminds me of…Lucinda Williams?”
“Yeah, but…I hear the Buzzcocks, too…”
More Prissteens than pristine, Justine and the Unclean’s pre-release debut single “Love Got Me Into This Mess” / “Passive Aggressive Baby” off the band’s fall 2017 debut Get Unclean is rushing down the Rum Bar and into your ears here.
The Unclean are Boston music heavyweights, including Justine Covault (Malachite, Grand Theft Auto, Quest For Tuna) as lead vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter; Justine’s partner in crime from Malachite and Swank Janet Egan King (Heidi, Malachite, Swank, Tulips), on powerhouse bass lines & dirty-sweet harmony backing vocals; Charles Hansen (Rock Bottom, Tom Baker & the Snakes, Gymnasium, The Handymen) on ferocious lead guitar attack. Jim Janota (Upper Crust, The Bags, Rock Bottom) swings the lumber (dude, are those two-by- fours?) to round out the rock n’ roll assault.
It’s punk. It’s power pop. It’s power pop punk. It’s paisley rock. It’s glam metal. The record has it all: anthems, hooks, raw power, big amps, scorching guitars, a massive rhythm section worthy of any arena, and utterly irresistible choruses.
“Get Unclean” was recorded by the legendary David Minehan at Woolly Mammoth Sound and mastered by Danny the K after a mad year-long writing binge during which Justine cranked out more than 50 songs full of steely-eyed takes on love and the fucked-up, weird, and painful ways it ends. Or begins.
Get Unclean. You’ll feel better.
September 15 – Boston, MA at Tavern at the End of the World
November 3 – Boston, MA at Tavern at the End of the World (Rum Bar showcase) with Indonesian Junk & Gymnasium