Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Unknown Instructors - Unwilling to Explain

This album came out in February and somehow I missed it until this past weekend. I had never heard of Unknown Instructors, either, which is surprising given that the band features J Mascis on guitar, Mike Watt on bass, and fellow Minutemen drummer George Hurley. Vocals are handled by poet Dan McGuire

Unwilling to Explain is a fairly weird album, which is to be expected given that it's a project involving Mascis and Watt. It sounds kind of like The Minutemen dabbling in classic rock, but with Jim Carroll style spoken word and J Mascis cranking out guitar solos. Like I said... pretty weird. What's the weirdest is that it has a fairly standard rock base, but with these weird offshoots going in their own direction. 

You can listen to "Hand in Hand" below. Unwilling to Explain is available now via ORG Music. You can get your copy via Bandcamp. The album also features guest spots from Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction) and Joe Baiza (Saccharine Trust).

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