New Drummer and a Super Single Release!


Finishing the decade with a chill, how about that Artic Vortex? It’s a good think that climate change is not well upon us, otherwise the summers would be getting hotter, and the winters more intense and colder. Not to get all apocalyptic about it, but these are the repercussions of a living planet that may not appreciate all the things we are foisting upon her. Ecocide…it’s more than just the title of our last album.

So, having said that, we all need to keep putting one foot in front of the other, conscious that each act matters. Activism starts with each of us, and as a band, we believe that being aware of all that is going on with and around us, is fundamentally important. It is never too late to start making the changes that matter!

So, as a band, we usually try to make songs that either reflect current realities or offer perspectives that consider alternative looks at those realities. Often those deeper looks consider questions like…how in the hell did we get here? For instance, Ecocide, released in 2018, features songs like Bad Monkeys, Blacksnake, Decay, Look Up Bro, Horrifying, Falter and Raven. Check out the lyrics posted on the usual sites if you are interested in those perspectives.

So, enough of the waxing poetic and on with the Announcements! Andy David is the new Unit F drummer. A well-traveled musician whose last stint was in the so-cal band Failing Up, Andy brings an amazing talent for percussive precision which is matched only by his dynamics. Unit F has always favored hard hitting drummers, so Andy certainly fits that bill.

As an added bonus, Andy enjoys the songwriting process….and his involvement working with guitarist Dave Costa and vocalist Mel Schantz shows why that can be a good idea. Looking forward to 2020, Unit F will again be touring with new material that should compliment the songs we play from Ecocide, Comes the Day and American Shutdown. Here is a little hint…if preliminary runs are any indication, the new songs will be…emm, harder hitting without sacrificing content or relevancy. We won’t try and claim hardcore, but it’s getting pretty core.

Enough about what is to come, lets talk about what is here. To finish off 2019 with a bang, Unit F is pleased to announce the release of a ‘Super Single’, tentative titled Human Zoo, a four-song release of the material we started mid 2019. Representing the line up of Dave Costa, Mel Schantz, Guillermo Santacruz and Phil Moore, these are the four songs that were to have been included in a full length, but given the recent line up changes, we decided to finish the four and get on with the new full length in 2020. We will release the full songs on all digital platforms: Reverbnation, CD Baby, Bandcamp, Soundcloud and so on. In fact, we may package up some CDs or Vinyl 7”s for release via our primary website

The Super Single concept is something we are going to play with. As it happens, we will probably release the hard copies with artwork later, and perhaps bundle it up with some new merch thingies. The songs include Memo (to myself), Jesus Saves (sarcasm here people), Human Zoo and It’s Okay. Lyrics will be posted as well, and who knows, maybe a video or two. Feel free to leave your comments….absolutely everywhere.

Unit F has a long history of putting on good shows and making good records, and we no intention of changing that in 2020. We want to express our appreciation for all of your support at the shows, in person and online….for the bands we have played with and the clubs and festivals we have played…and to express gratitude for all those who have done so much to help us to bring this music to life! Stay tuned for more details and thank you everyone who have been relentlessly supporting us for all these years.

We will see you soon!

Cheers! Mel, the singer guy, Unit F

Leave a comment

Add comment

Mel Schantz-Vocals    David Costa-Guitars, Vocals    

Peter Moreno-Bass, Vocals, Andy David-Drums 

Since its inception, Unit F has been walking the fine line of socio-political consciousness and chaos with their own amalgam of dark punk, deathrock and esoteric rock.  The approach is a dynamic yet defined sound, showing an awareness of punk rock’s musical heritage and its decided trademark charge of the need for social and political change so typically absent from popular culture. 



In 2020 Unit F announced the additions of drummer Andy David and Peter Moreno on bass following the late 2019 departures of Guillermo Santacruz and Phil Moore which effectively hit the pause button on the release of its fourth full length, which is now planned for 2020 to stand alongside Ecocide: Songs of Dysfunction (2018), Comes The Day (2014) and American Shutdown (2009). The new self-produced effort signaled a return to friend and producer Jim Monroe (Adolescents, Fu Manchu, Manic Hispanic, CJ Ramone) who was responsible for previous full lengths (along with Greg Hetson), as well as the hard charging Same Ol’ Story EP (2012).    



By the summer of 2019, the recording process yielded a four song ‘single/ep’ which will be self-released in March of 2020 , along with several new music videos (Joe Gill producing). The songs include Memo (To Myself), Human Zoo, Jesus Saves, and It’s Okay. That same chemistry and the penchant for songwriting that became Ecocide, is on full display with these numbers, with a unique view of the systematic appropriation of the individual by the corporate system (Memo), a dour look at the homeless crisis witnessed first hand (Human Zoo), and a dangerously sarcastic look at the hypocrisy of the political evangelicals (Jesus Saves). The final barrage is saved for the sneering tongue in cheek It’s Okay, lamenting the everyday wasting process of our collective complacency. 



The current the lineup began will continue playing as a four piece, still led by original vocalist Mel Schantz who pens the lyrics and mans the vocals. It is a quicker if not louder, more dynamic and version of the band, with Andy David’s expressive drums, and the wall of guitar effect by Dave Costa.  Combined with Peter Moreno’s driving bass lines and backing vocals, Unit F’s sound fills up the room as well as it translates to the big stage. 



The reaction to this newer version of Unit F has been good, certainly it was strong enough to elicit the bands nomination to OC Weekly’s 2018 Readers Poll for Best Punk Rock Band.   The live shows still feature most of the classic burners that Unit F fans have come to expect; that room changing energy that has landed them shows with such bands as Bad Religion, TSOL, JFA, Agent Orange, Ill Repute, The Dickies, D.I. and too many other vaunted yet still active punk rock hall of famers. The classic song Ride is still as popular as ever, but with this lineup, the vibe is tighter, and all the new songs show more of a sonic evolution as opposed to a departure. The dynamic is unique. Maybe it is because the new material still rings in powerful lyrics delivered with distinct vocals, tempo changes, and meaty, churning riffs that make Unit F’s approach feel like classic old school. Backing vocals and sing along choruses that put the hooks in line with the gnarl. 



With live shows that have a show stopping intensity every time the band takes the stage, new songs such as Mind Wars, Human Zoo, Its Okay and Jesus Saves are pounded out with the same frenetic political intensity as Direct Action Now or any song from Same Ol’ Story. The songs from Ecocide like Berkeley Streets, Horrifying or Look Up Bro, still have the relevance of topics which span administrations and political trends with dismal ease, pointing out the steady, go nowhere march of a disoriented humanity. In that regard, at least the social and political reflections get a driving beat, a pounding bass line and a full guitar attack that makes such introspect seem like good night of rock and roll. And that….is just good punk rock protocol.