Ecocide CD Release # 1 

For Immediate Release 

January 10, 2018, 

Orange County’s UNIT F Releases New Album- Ecocide: Songs of Dysfunction, CD release 

Orange County’s socio-political punk rock band Unit F has announced the full release of its latest album Ecocide: Songs of Dysfunction. Unit F will be playing a CD Release party at the Karman Bar located in Laguna Niguel, on January 19, 2018. “ We are going to do a bunch of them, but this first one will be with just good bands and friends. If all goes right, we should be doing one each month. In different areas of course” said lead singer Mel Schantz. 

The Karman Bar is located at 26022 Cape Drive in Laguna Niguel, Cailfiornia, and the show starts at 8:00 pm. Scheduled to join Unit F are 390, The Whinning Pussys, The Bindles and Darkie Dark and the Junkie Bunch. 

The release of Ecocide marks another new chapter in bands the long running history, even as they celebrate the release their fourth full length album Ecocide: Songs of Dysfunction. The nine track album is self-produced effort (Greg Hetson assisting on mixing) which riffs on such cheery modern themes as social dystopia; environment collapse and cultural amnesia. 

Indeed it has been a busy couple of years for the band. Since 2015, when ex-45 Grave guitarist and Sound Cage Studio owner Mark Bolton joined the band, they went on a tear writing new songs and playing shows in Orange County, San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Las Vegas. “Yeah, the response has been so good. I mean the feed back we keep getting on the new material, means that it translates well to the stage. And that’s so important…that the music continues to mean something. It really has been an incredible ride.” 

“Unit F is a punk band, both in attitude and in a sonic sense…” Schantz continued, “but we expand the envelope as far as punk is concerned especially in terms of the song writing. Not as fast as some bands, but still hard hitting…and intense. Some say we sound like an OC band, some say we sound like no other band.” 

The new release marks another accomplishment for the Orange County, CA punk outfit known for their raucous stage performances and brash, scathing sound as they take the stage with musical friends and hero’s, but the release of Ecocide, the bands sixth (overall) release, is significant as well. Early play on several internet radio stations in Southern California has brought a new round of energy for the band, and the early reviews of Ecocide, which features the artwork of Orange County artist Scott Harding, have been exceptional. 

“It definitely took a while to get the right artwork done, and we lucky enough to collaborate with Harding (who also sings for Mr. Firley). Scott had a grasp of what we are saying, and really put together some phenomenal concepts that are the kind of visuals that are cool, but make you consider what is being said in the music” noted Schantz. 

“The next step will be to meld some of those concepts into the kind of media visuals that will make for some cool videos. Those who turn out for the CD release parties are likely to be a part of that” he continued. Currently, Ecocide: Songs of Dysfunction is available on several digital platforms, but the physical disc is available at shows, through the bands website www.UnitFmusic.com, or through CD Baby. 

The title is pretty self explanatory, and derived from a lyric from the song Blacksnake (“We’ve committed, Ecocide/ ahh we all lost our goddamn minds ‘Cause it’s Ecocide). “Yeah, and its not just an album about oil pipelines (Standing Rock, the XL, etc) or our endless insatiable addiction to all the extraction industries, it’s about all the ways we mindlessly continue to disrespect the spirit of earth, our home really, in favor of greed and material benefit. It’s about the relentless destruction of all the natural systems of this amazing, living earth. Its not just about how we are destroying our home, it’s also about what we are doing to ourselves in the process…and why; Its about where we are, and how the hell we got here.” Ecocide. Indeed…. 

For more info on Unit F be sure to visit: 

www.facebook.com/unitfband 

www.reverbnation.com/unitf 

www.UnitFmusic.com 

For band interviews, photos & review copies contact- 

Mel4noise@aol.com 714-749-7949 

 

L-R Mark Bolton, Dave Costa, Phil Moore, Guillermo Santacruz, Mel Schantz 

Album Notes 

Ecocide is Unit F's fourth full length release. It was recorded at Sound Studio in Brea, California by Mark Bolton (45 Grave, The Bells, Unit F) who owns the studio, over the course of 2016 and 2017. Additional mixing assistance was rendered by Greg Hetson (Redd Kross, Bad Religion, Circle Jerks), who also assisted on the making of Unit F's Comes the Day (2014) and American Shutdown (2012). 

Ecocide was a work in progress that developed from the newest line up that emerged late in 2015 after the release of Comes the Day. David Costa took the guitar work featured on Comes the Day, and began writing with Guillermo Santa Cruz on Bass and Phil Moore joining on drums. Mel Schantz found plenty of vocal lines and inspiration, and when Mark Bolton joined the band, the resulting vibe became songs like Berkeley Streets, Look Up Bro, Horrifying and Decay. 

Bolton used the availability of his studio to begin the songs that would become Bad Monkeys, Blacksnake, Falter and Raven. Of course, Ride II is a rerecording of the classic first featured on American Shutdown, but with new vocal and guitar parts. And, the collaboration of the entire band in the recording process meant that in each song, there are parts which bear the audio stamps of all the members. From Bolton's distinct leads and octaves, to Costa's searing solos, Guillermo’s bass lines and Phil's drumming, there is a unique continuity and a texture to the rock. 

Mel Schantz uses several vocal approaches from sneering sarcasm to scathing broadsides, sometime's political, sometimes ironic. With Guillermo’s back up and the band gang vocals, the stories told display a unique voicing. Distinct harmony lines that echo the octaves of the guitars and present plenty of sing along choruses also get 

accentuated by guest vocalist Mika Carlson who appears on a couple of numbers: an amazing ethereal female voicing with an esoteric bent that lends a listenable contrast to the dark themes presented. 

Irony of course, is not lost on the band, and somehow the topical concerns of the political landscape past and present, the destruction of the planet, one ecosystem at a time, and our own wars with each other are given a context whose timeliness is farsighted. 

Ecocide is an album about our current condition, taking snapshots of modern society and tracing the roots. Hence the thematic similarity of songs such as Horrifying, Bad Monkeys, Look Up Bro, Falter, Decay and Raven. Songs of Dysfunction bring a unique and modern sonic approach that brings melody to the rock, but express an urgency in a true punk rock fashion. In this way, Unit F continues its tradition of melding music with meaning and message with art. After all, as D. Boone (Minutemen) once said 'Punk rock is what we make it'. 

Track Listing and Credits 

1. Bad Monkeys 
2. Berkeley Streets 
3. Look Up Bro 
4. Blacksnake 
5. Horrifying 
6. Falter 
7. Raven 
8. Decay 
9. Ride II 

Recorded at Sound Cage, Brea California 
Recorded and Engineered by Mark Bolton 
Mixed by Mark Bolton, Unit F and Greg Hetson 
Mastered at Buzzbomb Studios by Paul Miner 
Art concepts, Layout and Design by Scott Harding and Mel Schantz 

Guest vocals by Mika Carlson on Raven, Decay and Blacksnake

Ten Best Performances of Its Not Dead (a review)  

These performances from It’s Not Dead 2 would make our latest punk compilation 

By MICHELLE MILLS | mjmills@scng.com | San Gabriel Valley Tribune 

PUBLISHED: August 27, 2017 at 12:29 pm | UPDATED: August 28, 2017 at 8:42 am 

Looking over the crowd at “It’s Not Dead 2” at Glen Helen Amphitheater in Devore Saturday, Aug. 26, there was a mixed sea of ages, ethnicities and fashions. It seemed as if more people had turned out because of the popularity of festivals than of punk. 

The stage names were probably lost on the bulk of the audience, too, as the smaller stages referenced now-defunct iconic Southern California punk venues — Cuckoo’s Nest (Costa Mesa), Fenders (Ballroom, in Long Beach) and Olympic (as in Auditorium, Los Angeles). The main stage honored Gary Tovar, who founded Goldenvoice to promote punk shows long before it was a national festival juggernaut, and the late Mike “Gabby” Gaborno, the lead singer of the Cadillac Tramps and Manic Hispanic who died in January. 

However, both punk bands and festivals are noted for putting out compilation discs, here are our picks of who and what we would put on our “It’s Not Dead 2” record. 

 

Channel 3: Their most outstanding number was “Manzanar,” a tune about the Japanese-American internment camp during World War II. “They didn’t exactly teach you that in school,” Channel 3 lead singer/guitarist Mike Magrann said of the song backstage after their performance. 

Reagan Youth: This band got together not simply to make music, but because they had something to say. And for a great example of early ‘80s political punk, “Reagan Youth,” with it’s chaotic, changeable beat makes the cut. 

The Interrupters: “It’s Not Dead 2” promoter Kevin Lyman touted this ska/punk group as “the future of punk.” As they dove into their tune, “This is the New Sound,” one young fan said she had seen The Interrupters four times and adores them because they are “upbeat and you can dance to them.” The large audience certainly had a hard time keeping still during this song. 

GBH: “Knife Edge” is the hands-down winner here. Dust was rising from the mosh pit and suddenly a man in a wheelchair appeared surfing the crowd, chair and all. Now that’s punk. 

UNIT F: The Cuckoo’s Nest consisted of a trailer stage away from everything else and was a bit hard find, but Unit F’s fans turned out and grew during their show. The best treat was “Decay” off the new album, “Ecocide: Songs of Dysfunction,” about how we are ruining the environment and ourselves. It’s a wake-you-up tune and that was met with the crowd’s approval. 

Buzzcocks: Long before Green Day brought pop into punk, there was the Buzzcocks. Their pop-punk grooves were at their height in “What Do I Get?,” a tune about longing for a lover and only losing sleep. They also got a big applause. 

The Adicts: It’s hard to pick one song with the theatrical and exciting show this group put on, but what was most impressive was the ability of lead vocalist Keith Warren’s ability to go for a laugh and pull it off with finesse. He already awed the crowd with his sparkly silver slacks and towards the end of the set donned a Chinese takeout box costume for “Chinese Takeaway.” Adding to the fun, he opened a normal sized takeout box and used chopsticks to pull streamers from it and tossed them into the pleased crowd. 

Dropkick Murphys: There was an audible “Oh!” from the audience when they announced they were going to perform “Rose Tattoo.” For this soulful song, they invited record producer Ted Hutt to join them onstage with an acoustic guitar and had the bulk of the crowd singing along, too. 

Rancid: Although at this point in the show there were several small groups of people glued to their cell phones watching the Mayweather/McGregor fight, everyone paid attention when the group dedicated “It’s Quite Alright” to Mike Gaborno. It was the most moving moment of the festival. 

Encore: Dropkick Murphys and Rancid combined forces to end the evening with a short set of cover tunes. Johnny Cash’s classic “Folsom Prison Blues” was an unexpected number that showed the true talent of the two bands and how many musical genres can shine through in punk. 

Michelle Mills 

Michelle Mills has been an entertainment and features reporter for the Southern California News Group since 1999. She has interviewed such notables as "Weird Al" Yankovic, Glen Campbell, Alice Cooper, Debbie Allen, Ernest Borgnine (during an earthquake) and Adam Young (Owl City). She was the 31st Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade Queen reigning 2007-2009. She is a professional belly dancer (swordwork is her specialty) and also studies Polynesian and Tahitian dance.

 

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Highwire Daze Interview 

8-10-17 

Unit F interview for Highwire Daze 

1. Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of? 

Mel Schantz: Vocals- My name is Mel Schantz, the vocalist and one of the song writers of Unit F, an Orange County, California band. I basically jump around and make dramatic faces, and when the guys come up with some sonic madness that makes sense to me, I am inspired to use my worldview to craft words into lyrics, which hopefully become songs worth listening to. I grew up in Orange County, traveled a bit and am back here in this well located suburban hell. 

David Costa: Guitars- My name is David Costa, I play loud electric lead guitar in UNIT-F for 7 years. 
UNIT F is based out out Orange County, California. 

Guillermo Santacruz: Bass, vocals- My name is Gui, and I play bass. From Santa Ana, Ca. 

Ryan Hadley: Drums- My name is Ryan Hadley and I am the drummer for Unit F. I am based out of south Orange County. 

2. What are you looking forward to the most about the It’s Not Dead Festival? 

Mel Schantz: Vocals- Well, it is an amazing event, a true punk rock festival on a scale that probably only Kevin Lyman and his team could make happen, Punk Rock Bowling not withstanding. 

The line up of bands ranges from some of the ‘founding fathers of punk rock’, to those who kept punk rock alive from the 80’s, into the 90’s and through the 2000nds. Bands that have come from some of punk rocks originators, like OFF!, and the Wraths, bands like GBH, the Buzzcocks and The Adicts and Channel 3. ‘Newer’ bands like the Wilhelm Scream, Me First and others, and of course those bands that have kept it going and are still doing great: Unit F, the Grim, Rancid, Spider, the Voodoo Glow Skulls and The Casualties. 

Ska bands, rock bands. So much variety that really shows the diversity of Punk Rock. Four stages featuring bands that made music history, and are still making Punk Rock what it is today: vibrant, non-conforming, and certainly NOT DEAD! 

And of course, of enormous importance, the other events like Arts Not Dead, showcasing the artists of Punk Rock…from the photographers to the artists: Jenifer Finch (L7) Bad Otis Links and more. And how about those punk rockers who have turned into author, featured at Punks Well Read with Jack Grisham (TSOL-American Demon, The Principals of Recovery ), Jim Lindberg (PunkGuru.com, The F Word), and Keith Morris (Off!, Circle Jerks, Black Flag and author of Damaged). 

So cool. So diverse. Oh, and we are looking forward to playing! All Ages baby!! 

David Costa: Guitars- I am looking forward to play live on the Vans off the Wall Stage at It's Not Dead Festival & I am happy to see & meet new life long friends. 

Guillermo Santacruz: Bass, vocals- Playing this festival and seeing bands that I have never seen. 

Ryan Hadley: Drums- Playing with a lot of really great bands. 

3. What could one expect from your live show at the It’s Not Dead Festival? 

Mel Schantz: Vocals- Well, Unit F will be delivering a similar set to that which we have been playing from 2016 through this year. The setlist starts out with Same Ol Story, from our 2013 EP, and then goes into Direct Action Now from Comes the Day (2015). We then deliver with an old crowd favorite Ride followed by a couple of tunes from our new album Ecocide. 

Unit F is a punk band, both in attitude and in a sonic sense…but we expand the envelope as far as punk is concerned especially in terms of the song writing. Not as fast as some bands, but still hard hitting…and intense. Some say we sound like an OC band, some say we sound like no other band. I think fans and people who have never seen us can expect an intense, well played set: lots of guitars, some tongue in cheek humor, some direct messages about making a difference and whole lot of passion delivered with great guitar riffs, a churning bass and rocking drums. 

David Costa: Guitars- UNIT F will be playing some of our newest songs off our new album called ECOCIDE. The album title name is because the world is in such turmoil. 

Guillermo Santacruz: Bass, vocals-Playing good songs with lots of energy! 

Ryan Hadley: Drums- Solid music with a lot of energy 

4. What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title? 

Mel Schantz: Vocals- The name of the new 9 song album is Ecocide: Songs of Dysfunction. The title is derived from a lyric in our song Blacksnake (“we’ve committed, Ecocide/damn, we all lost our goddamn minds”), a song about oil pipelines (Standing Rock, the XL, etc) and our addiction to extraction industries. It is about how we mindlessly continue to destroy the earth in favor of greed, material benefit, and the destruction of the living system of this amazing, living earth. Its about what we are doing to ourselves; where we are, and how we got here. 

5. Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics. 

Mel Schantz: Vocals- One of the songs is Bad Monkeys. Again, its about how we, as humans have become parasitic, if not suicidal, how we have quickly usurped balance for dominion (“Bad Monkeys/Good Planet, We’re a plague!”) 

Another song is Raven, which Mark Bolton wrote. It has a goth/gothpunk feel to it. And I use the Raven as a totem of magic, seeing and change, as the symbol that “eats the mouse” of the corrupted priesthood which has been the scourge of the Catholic Church. The viewpoint is that of the native American tribes…and how they suffered under the genocide of the Church and Christanity in general, which, ironically, was not limited to the Native Americans. In the name of salvation, the destruction of culture and its wisdom ensued. It is about the exorcism of that dark influence which is the corruption of a religion. (“For you…are not forgiven/A pox back to your house. Sancti Nex/Sancti Interitum/The Raven is in the house). 

David Costa: Guitars- One of the songs UNIT F will be performing is called Horrifying written about all the horror in the world, and how we just keep ignoring it. Another song UNIT F will be performing is called DECAY written about dysfunction surrounding us all. 

6. Any strange or unusual happening in the past while out on the road or at a show? 

Mel Schantz: Vocals- Hard to pinpoint one event. We have been playing for over 15 years, including stints on the Warped Tour. Some of those stories….cannot be told, if only because they may or may not involve ‘retribution’ for rookie band violations of the unwritten Punk Rock code. 

On the other hand, during our last show of 2016….we were performing our last song of the night, Decay…which is another song that ties the esoteric past to the present. Before we started, and right after we played Raven, this guy wedges through the crowd and sticks his hand toward me, holding this black object while I am doing the spoken word outro. 

He continues to hold this object, thrusting it at me as the final chords ring out…and the first chords of Decay rev up. I finally take it…and it is a huge, worked piece of obsidian… blackrock, which is used for many spiritual purposes. I was amazed….and so I take it…holding this big piece, and finish the song…and afterward, I am looking at it, kind of stunned. It was, to say the least, significant…and I still use it in my rituals. But I could never find the guy afterwards…he disappeared! So random, but so cool. A co-incidence or an incident? 

David Costa: Guitars- One of the unusual happenings out on the road was in Las Vegas our home away from home. Something that sticks in my mind is when we were having technical difficulties with our bass rig during our set. Knowing we had a gig next night, I was thinking what are we going to do? Before I had my guitar put away, our Las Vegas friend Cody Leavitt who plays for New Cold War and People's Whiskey asks us what we needed? I told him what we needed & the gear was delivered to the club next night, UNIT F had another great show. thanks to Cody & the punk rock brotherhood that Las Vegas has & the love for all bands. 
I will never forget that. 

Guillermo Santacruz: Bass, vocals- Dave breaking a string then having it fixed by the time his solo came around. Another time my old drummer and I left for a gig in Santa Barbara over an hour before the band just so we could hit as many record stores we could in between, and still got there over an hour before the rest of the band. 

Ryan Hadley: Drums- I played a warehouse show in East LA with my old band, and suddenly it just started pouring rain. Everything started shorting out, the PA and the amps, and I just kept playing. A moment where I was like almost playing by myself. Its a drummer thing... 

7. What is favorite punk rock record of all time and why? 

Mel Schantz: Vocals- Too many: Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegtables (Dead Kennedys)? Fear of Life (Channel 3)? The New Dark Ages (Bad Religion)? Wasted Years (OFF!)? or the latest from Jello Biafra and Guantanamo School of Medicine. Hmmm, might want to include the obscure TSOL Who is Fucking Who in there as well. Bad question man. Unanswerable! (for me). 

David Costa: Guitars-I enjoy all Ramones albums. They are the godfathers of punk rock. 

Guillermo Santacruz: Bass, vocals- Group Sex, the Circle Jerks. It was my first punk rock album…I had no clue you could legally write fast songs of that material subject. Yeah 

Ryan Hadley: Drums-The Subhumans, Ep-Lp. I listened to that record so many times in my teenage years, that I know all the lyrics. 

8. If you could open up for any band, either now or from the past, who would it be and why? 

Mel Schantz: Vocals-Oh, again a tough one. Unit F has been honored to play with so many such asr Bad Religion, the Circle Jerks and TSOL, played on bills with Pennywise and Shattered Faith, Channel 3, Electric Frankenstien,DRI, Legal Weapon, Rikk Agnew and D.I. those were nothing short of great…and I would love to play with them again. Now we get to play with Rancid, OFF!, the Adicts, GBH and a bunch more. 

So, going forward, hmm, perhaps Jello and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, The Damned, Saccharine Trust, Iggy Pop, The Adolescents. The Subhumans. Going back, the Doors. 

David Costa: Guitars-I am going to enjoy opening/playing on same bill as RANCID, when I saw them play back in the early 90s (93) "Lets Go" tour at the Hollywood Paladium. that show changed my life. 

Guillermo Santacruz: Bass, vocals-Circle Jerks. Cream. Oh, and Woodstock (all of the bands!) 

Ryan Hadley: Drums- The Subhumans, again. I toured with them in my old band in 2016. My favorite band growing up, and still today. 

9. Do you have any messages for It’s Not Dead Festival attendees this year? 

Mel Schantz: Vocals 

Sure: Let’s rock this. Let have fun, and make sure to see all the bands. Don’t forget to take the time to check out Arts Not Dead and Punks Well Read; some true punk rock heroes will be displaying the photographs and art, and signing books that show who we are. Remember, these experiences we have today, will be music history some day. Let’s make some memories, discover new bands and rock out with the ones we all know! 

David Costa: Guitars- 

would advise all the punk rockers to dydrate/drink lots of water. it's going to be a long hot day. have fun & be safe, help your fellow punk rockers that need help. Lets do this "It's Not Dead festival" again next year. 

Guillermo Santacruz: Bass, vocals- 

No speeches! (that’s for my singer) 

Ryan Hadley: Drums- 

Best get to the show early...take advantage of the opportunity to see all these great bands. 

see you at the show!

For Immediate Release 

June 28, 2017 

UNIT F to play Zebfest, a benefit show for local injured motorcyclist and music fan Zeb Reynolds 

 

Orange County based socio-political band Unit F will be playing a benefit show to assist with the medical costs for a recovering music fan, Zeb Reynolds. Reynolds was riding his motorcycle in Huntington Beach when another car broadsided him on May 1, 2017. 

The benefit, organized by fellow musician Nick Nicioli of the band Rockets Dead Glare, will be held on July 8th, 2017, at Fitzgerald’s Pub, in Huntington Beach. Unit F will join the Rockets Dead Glare, Twitching Fingers and NDE, and starts at 8 pm. “ 

“We are happy that we can be a part of a musical community that cares enough to do something for a fan who is, in essence, one of our own” said Mel Schantz, the singer and founder of Unit F. “And that’s what makes the punk rock community special….there is a bond between the bands and the fans, between the music and those who support it. At the end of the day, we are a family, dysfunctional or not, we support those who need it….and Zeb is in really rough shape.”. 

Show organizers will be conducting a raffle, and Unit F plans to be a part of that as well. “I’m sure there will be some really cool items raffled…maybe an advance of our upcoming album Ecocide, a shirt or two or maybe even a couple of passes to see us at Its Not Dead Fest in August. Its all for the cause…” continued Schantz. Indeed that will be the case as organizers for the punk festival scheduled for August 26th , donated as well. 

More information including updates on Zebs condition can be found on the facebook pages for all related events, including one hosted by Zeb’s sister as the Long Live Zeb page and a link to a sponsored Gofundme account for Zeb as well. 

For more info on Unit F be sure to visit: 

www.facebook.com/UnitFband 

www.UnitFmusic.com 

www.reverbnation.com/unitf 

For Unit F press interviews & review music contact- 

Mel4noise@aol.com (714) 749-7949 or email: mel4noise@aol.com

2017-Ecocide update. Pipelines, Songs and the Police State

 

So we turn around again, and suddenly it’s a new year. Not just a new year, but almost five months into the new year. If the growing anticipation of the release of Ecocide; Songs of Dysfunction, seems palatable, that because it is. Or, as Jack Grisham of TSOL told, me: “Just get it out. No one will care if you don’t have enough reverb on your vocals.”

Fair enough. The only problem with that is…we are fucking sticklers for good sound, good production, and cool graphics. Having said that, we think we got this one in the can, and, frankly, we have been playing a couple of the songs from Ecocide for a good chunk of 2016 and will continue to in 2017.

Originally slated for release in 2016, we have delayed the release while a couple of different labels mull over picking it up. All well and good…but we can’t wait forever, and are currently thinking about a ‘single release’, and as long as the old version of Ride is getting the hell played out of it on Reverbnation, we might as well post up our newer version.

The other exciting news is that none of the new songs are any less timely. Okay, maybe not as exciting as it is…unfortunate.. With the incoming Trump administration, oil and gas entities have new friends in Washington, and suddenly, the XL pipeline looms as a possibility. That, along with having the Dakota Access Pipeline being rammed through despite legitimate and vigorous opposition from indigenous groups based at the Sacred Stone Camp, means that our song Blacksnake, is unfortunately relevant.

Of course Berkeley Streets notes that the police state is and has been geared towards our opposition of this or that issue, and their brutality at Standing Rock was stark evidence of what happens when people stand up to private enterprise. When those private concerns happen to be the multi-billion dollar Oil and gas industries, you can bet your ass their security minions have good standing in the local police/sheriffs departments, not to mention with the Feds. Gas attacks, water cannons used in subzero degree weather, rubber bullets, snatch and grab arrests and flat out brutality are what you can expect when you go against these guys. Fuckers.

One of the real take aways from Standing rock, and so many protests before that, is how state and federal agencies will now use the existing definitions of the N.D.A.A. (National Defense Authorization Act) to define ‘enemy combatants’ , and domestic ‘terrorists’. As soon as you oppose something that is in the interest of ‘national security’ (subject to interpretation of course), then you become subject to the denial of rights under any police state ‘application’ of the NDAA. The most obvious of that is the militarization of local police forces and the national guard units.

 

Our song Look Up Bro talks about how distracted by ‘entertainment’ we are while ‘they’ weaponize the drones (“..convienence is the word, and the word is consume/lovers thrill, policemen kill, and bankers bring the doom…”). And guess what kids, while what happened at Standing Rock is par for the course for Native Americans (history bears out a consistent and ongoing mockery of a ‘great’ America, where justice and human rights are supposed to have been enshrined), that kind of ‘move along nothing to see’ enforcement of corporate will is coming to a town or city near you.

 

Thus we have the tag on the Ecocide album name. Songs of Dysfunction indeed. The narratives that pass for public opinion, that are used for excuses of the growing Corporatism under the guise of a democracy, that are embraced as reasons to hate or to drop millions of dollar of high explosive techsmart ordnance all over the world, those narratives are not going away. And the great Cheetolini wants to talk about fake news? Decay is dedicated to those that continue to foist those narratives on us at every turn. Why? Because these narratives work….until ‘we’ finally decide, at some point, that we are being used, and ‘they’ really don’t give a fuck about us. Free Will people. It is up to us.

 

For those of you who like your music powered by anger born out of the realization of what is going on, you will dig Ecocide. Thanks for listening.

Mel



Some Love from Razorcake 

Thank you to our friends at Razorcake Magazine. D.I.Y . music journalism that brings the scene to you. Raw, real, and still alive. Thank you for the reviews of Comes the Day, Art and Garrett…We cannot wait to finish Ecocide, or next release! 

  

WWW.Razorcake.org 

UNIT F: Comes the Day: CD 

September 20, 2016   Read, Record Reviews 
Orange County’s Unit F is back with their third full-length of extremely catchy, mainline melodic punk. Notably, Greg Hetson of Circle Jerks/Bad Religion fame is one of the producers of this outstanding release. Hetson also assisted in the recording, bringing uncommonly experienced ears to the table. I really dig the vocals, which have a slight melancholia to them, almost harkening to Bonecrusher or Pegboy. It’s oddly refreshing to hear a band this good release an album with such slick production. No one’s giving Unit F anything less than an “A.” –Art Ettinger (Self-released, unitfmusic.com) 

UNIT F: Comes the Day: CD 

September 20, 2016   Read, Record Reviews 
These Orange County (Calif.) locals have been at it a while now—I personally remember coming across these guys a few good years ago, though I believe them to be a completely different lineup with the exception of vocalist Mel Schantz. That said, this CD sounds as fresh and full of piss and vinegar (as my father used to say) as I remember them to be. Schantz has a somewhat unique delivery that comes across as some unholy mix of classic Southern Californian melodic and East Coast street punk. Song themes tend toward the sociopolitical, but thankfully fall short of, say, Anti-Flag. Circle Jerk Greg Hetson is featured on a track but for the life of me, I couldn’t tell. –Garrett Barnwell (Self-released, unitfmusic.com)


INTO 2016
 
 
     The journey of this band called Unit F from its inception sometime in the late 90’s until now has been one helluva ride. Stemming from conception when two punk rockers happened to meet each other at an Earth First protest in Laguna Canyon, California, agreeing then that the voice of environmental outrage (among other issues) needed to be stronger, to the present, the band has always tried to make music the forum for meaning, reflection, and yes, awareness. And really, no better forum for that than punk rock, right?
 
    Fast forward to now, three months into the year 2016. Not much has changed for the better unfortunately…and so, Unit F is still here, and there, just as loud, but with new members and new songs. And a new album.
 
    As promised, we are into the final push of mixing and finalizing our fourth full-length record. That includes finishing the nine songs, some of which are an integral part of our live show, as well as the album name and artwork. We are still deciding on production options such as a Vinyl release, and as a possible nod to the D.I.Y/Hipster crowd, a cassette release. Seriously, though, do any of you people still have cassette players? We will also be making some tough decisions as to a label home, weight the options offered by a bunch of really good people running projects of passion in a cruel and unusual cutthroat business environment.
 
    With the current lineup of Mel (last original member), Guillermo, Phil, Dave and Mark, Unit F has a band chemistry that has been by far, the most productive in terms of writing and performing, songs that ironically recall the reason this band was started. We will leave it to you to discover how hard they rock.
 
     What is fortunate, is that guitarist Mark Bolton is as talented an engineer at his Sound Cage Recording as he is at creating stirring riffs with his guitar. Through 2015, what started out as the rough recording of four songs turned into the writing of four more. Because our song Ride (first recorded back in 2000and something) is damn popular with you guys (always has been…thank you!), and because it was expressed to us that we play it better now than ever before, we decided to re-record that to make it a nine song album. I mean, in today’s attention deficit challenged age that qualifies as a full length, right?
 
     Unit F is playing fewer shows right now, but as we finish the album, look for dates in Southern California at all the venues which are cool to go to, cool to play at, and book good bands. We love bringing these songs to the stage, relishing the opportunity to make the dynamics, the riffs and the words mean something. We are also looking to book shows around the region in general, including the Bay area, San Diego and on out to the desert. I mean, we have yet to do a Vegas road trip that hasn’t been worth it yet. And, Arizona has a grinding scene, so y’all are in our sights.
 
     We are always interested in festivals, and events that rally around causes (feel the Bern yet?); and the causes seem to be piling up in this oh so special election year. Yet in madness such as this, Punk Rock has always thrived. Thanks to everyone who has ventured out to catch our act, especially those of you who saw us in the past and have come out only to see a completely new sonic beast.
 
     Finally, we have shirts, sticker and all the albums and records for sale on the Unit F website, with more designs made with this upcoming album in mind, on the way. Be safe out there…No Fear!     



At the Redwood



Summer of 2015
er 2015


Indeed it is upon us. Always ushered in by the one and only Punk Rock Bowling, Summer is the time of music festivals, beach parties (here in Southern California), things that explode with false patriotic hope and then....more festivals. First things first, so lets get caught up. 

Punk Rock Bowling was pretty epic. Whether or not you agree with the Stern brothers (Mark and Shawn) line up or not, is almost beside the point; the Festival in recent years have gone off with out a hitch, picking up where the Warped Tour has...faltered, to put it politely. The number and variety of Punk Rock bands, from old school to new school, pretty much represents a best of breed. This years festival featured a couple of our favorite bands: Jello Biafra's Guantanamo School of Medicine, TSOL, and the Wierdos among many others. Las Vegas breathern Guilty by Association played at least twice, and placed 3rd or so in the Bowling Tournament. 

That's right, we actually bowl in this thing; The Unit F Team featured ex-drummer Collin, Kurt, Dave and Mel bowled next to the Alternative Tentacles team, and just down from Solana Beach's Belly Up Tavern crew. Four bowling alleys, and hundreds of teams from all over; some drunk, some semi-pro, some just there to fly the flag of their respective band, booking company, club or crew. From thigh high fishnets to liberty spikes, it remains the one event Las Vegas has no mega match for; it is as organic as the Vegas scene, and as international as the bands that fly from the UK, Sweden and Boston. Okay, so technically, Boston is a part of the country as is New York, both of which had the war of the hardest hardcore bands ever: H20 or Dropkick? and so forth.

And then, each night, after the bowling performances are forgotten, the Festival grounds empty, all those thousands of punks pour from the grounds downtown into the clubs downtown in, on and all around Fremont street for major club shows that will take you deep into the morning. That's right its a survival game.

Next year, Unit F is likely to be playing. I say likely because you never know from year to year, but so far so good. In June we made our regular run down south, and local shows in Santa Ana and Laguna Niguel. Now we are headed out the great I.E. for some Riverside all ages
fun, and then across the map to play Los Angeles with old school heroes  RF7 and Decry. But, before we get there we have to finish our recording which is taking place at guitarist Mark Bolton's Sound Cage Recording. This is taking a while, because we have added some pieces, and...oh yea, some songs...two new ones which we are fleshing out. So that makes ....seven. This could be a good year.
 
And, thanks to the ongoing support from all you guys; the fans to the bands, the clubs, everyone. We deeply appreciate it...it makes rocking the message that much easier, and the road that much better. By the way...do you have an idea for a club show, an all ages show, or some kind of activist action/fund raiser designed to destroy minds (and the system)? Hit us up....here Mel4noise@aol.com. or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/unitfband

Cheers!







May 2015

So this blog thing is a whole lot easier if I would just keep up to date. Below are a couple images from our last road trip to Las Vegas, where we played two shows at Adrenaline and The Double Down Saloon, which is, as every local knows...the ultimate and best dive bar anywhere west of the Mississippi. An Epic show with our friends from Guilty by Association, singer Mike's cover band the Vegasdecendents, and L.A.'s the ex-Gentlemen. 

The pic here is the back wall of the double down and pretty much sums up the vibe. Unit F is always treated right by the DD, and the Vegas scene, if you hadn't noticed, is growing steadily. Lots of new bands. 


Right now we are lucky enough to be recording five new songs, none of which have anything to do with Vegas (Ride 2004). Mark Bolton runs Sound Cage Recording, and has a helluva ear, so we are lucky. The songs were written over the course of the last year (Look Up Bro, Horrifying, and Decay) and with the current band as well (Berkeley Streets and Blacksnake.

Topical as well; Blacksnake is a rocking tune about the constant damage and reckless manner in which the oil and gas industry takes us all for a toxic ride...creating excess wealth for some, dependence for most and all at the expense of the earth and all living things. Talk about shitting where you live....

Berkeley Streets was inspired by the constant police/student standoffs up north....and then we had the Hong Kong resistance, coupled with cops who cannot seem to subdue and restrain without killing maiming and brutalizing. Nothing like a militarized policestate that has seemingly forgotten how to protect and serve in favor of shoot and maneuver. 

None the less, these, along with the social media critical Look Up Bro, the widecast look at social/geopolitical dysfunction in the face of such wild assed schemes as geo-engineering (Horrifying), and Decay (esoteric ranting on the cycles of civilization) all promise to be barn burners. Who would have ever thought you could address these topics in punk rock; or as Greg Graffin of Bad Religion put it .... "You might think it matters now, but what if you were wrong? You might not think there's any wisdom in a fucked punk rock song...." (Kyoto Now, Process of Belief)


So be sure to drop a note if you get a chance....either submit a question to our Reverb Nation site, or just drop your scathing criticism on to our Facebook page ( www.Facebook.com/UnitFband )

May takes us to San Diego, then to Anaheim and Laguna Niguel. And then????





News and Notes....will Unit F keep y'all up to date in 2015?

Cheers...and Thanks for checking out our first blog. Whether you are a long time Unit F fan, or a new fan, know that we appreciate you guys taking the time to find your way here. Hopefully, you were at one of the recent gigs, because suddenly we got real busy. Which is good.

With 2015 comes a new line up that came together at the end of 2014....2014 was a year of change to say the least, when the line up that was responsible for Comes the Day (Mel, Dave, Terrence, George and Brandon) became the line up that included Tony Lepre, Sean Williams and Collin. After a couple of shows in 2014, the 'new' line up changed again; Tony Lepre left, and we parted ways with Sean Williams (Provider, 30 Foot Demon) and Collin (Outlast). So, when I say 'we', it was basically Dave Costa and myself again.

Luckily, we reached out to Phil Moore, an old friend through several bands (No Victor), and just like that, he brought with him bassist Guillermo SantaCruz, also from No Victor, and suddenly, we had the makings of a new line up. At the very least, we were a bunch guys who have been around the OC scene for a while, and could converse about anything musical...so to have a conversation (ahem, or rather a debate) about Metal vs Prog, or who influenced what when it came to old English progressive bands, was pretty cool, especially when at any time the discussion would jump the rails to talk about the Wierdos, or Jello's new band, or Off!.

So then, ironically, along comes a gentlemen named Mark Bolton, who played with al ot of guys who were pioneers in the OC sound (pick an Agnew, any Agnew), not to mention 45 Grave. Creative, cool and experienced, dude was a perfect fit, and wouldn't you know, he dug Unit F. And he runs Sound Cage recording to boot. 

Fast forward to March of 2015. We now have 4 shows under our belt, a secret show at the Doll Hut, a not so secret show at the Slide Bar, and a very not so secret show with RF7 at Loaded in Hollywood. Up next is our old haunt the Pierviw Pub in Oceanside with Last to Know and Apathy Cycle, and then...we help Erin from Pierview help inaugurate her new bar in Laguna Niguel, the Karman Bar, with our friends Last to Know and Oddball who are on tour from San Diego.

And listen, we are aware that most of the shows have been 21 and over, so we promise to start working on some All Ages shows....promise fulfilled! April 25th...in Santa Ana...check the facebook page and we will create an event with all the details.

St. Patricks day will be a show at a place I never thought I would say we played: the Rainbow Room in Hollywood, Lenny's second home, and favorite haunt of most current, wanna be and has been rock star every to pass through the town. And we are bring our sonic fury to ...those 'hallowed' grounds?  Interesting.....

Merch is another thing to get caught up on...so we will. White Circle Unit F shirts (War is the Enemy of Humanity), the Trishy Trashy American Shutdown black T's, and hopefully the Manifesto (Remember trees? as seen as on TV) Treestump design.

So thats it for now....next....I am going to talk about some of our new songs. Y'all stop by the Facebook page and say hi....   www.facebook.com/unitfband

Cheers


Mel