ORIGINAL MUSIC GROUP 2021 | unleashed


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2021 has become a turning point for these six cool Rochester cats, and they’ve pulled themselves together to solidly become what they say they are on the band’s Facebook page – a “high-energy rock-n-roll band.” Band mates and best friends, Matthew Runions (drums), Ty Ellis (bass), Cooper Marx (guitar), Logan McKneelen (guitar), Dave Allen (vocals) and Lucas McCafferty (vocals), knew each other through the music of Rochester High School department and came together with a common cause to play music that they all enjoyed.

Runions started the band in 2018 after his father suggested the idea, and the drummer continued to run with it until this formation clicked and morphed into a fiery live band that has remained stable over the past two years. years. The term “rap rock” is their associated genre, but they also cover 90s rock, classic rock, punk, ska, reggae and other types of popular music to win over the crowd with enthusiastic performances in local places. Or if you want to take their word for it, they proudly and succinctly state on their band’s website, “We play great music. You should attend a show. ”

A good percentage of their music is still covers, which isn’t unusual on a three-hour club show, but the originals creep in at a good pace, and that’s what our readers seemed to think they were. the strong point of this unchained. sextet. The catchy title of “Psychedelic Picnic” is already chosen for an upcoming release in spring 2022 with the recording process underway. Using the CD as a springboard and calling card, the band plan to work next summer on playing festivals that encourage and promote original music.

Hey, even The Beatles were known for their current covers before they took over the world with their own music, so by those standards Unchained is on the right track to achieving “toppermost of the poppermost”, and we support and commend them for this direction.


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