Unit F


Rhythm Guitar, Harmonica, Trombone, Ukulele, Electronic Music, Harp.


Since its inception, Unit F has been walking the fine line of socio-political consciousness and chaos with their own amalgam of hardcore, punk and straightforward rock 'n roll. Through their sonically raw, yet defined sound, they show awareness of punk rock’s musical heritage and its decided trademark charge of the need for social and political change that is typically absent from popular culture.
In 2016 Unit F now returns to the studio to complete its third full-length album to stand along side Comes The Day (2014) and American Shutdown (2009). The new self-produced effort will mark a departure from the Jim Monroe (Adolescents, Manic Hispanic, CJ Ramone) Greg Hetson (Bad Religion, Circle Jerks) production team who were responsible for not only the notable full lengths, but the hard charging Same Ol’ Story EP as well. Mark Bolton, formerly with 45 Grave is came on as a guitarist in 2015, however his recording skills and ownership of Sound Cage Recording made this new release inevitable.
The current line up is led by vocalist Mel Schantz who is still penning the lyrics, and David Costa who played guitar on Comes the Day and Same Ol’ Story. With the addition of Phil Moore on drums, and Guillermo Santacruz on bass, a chemistry and a penchant for songwriting has evolved that pretty much demanded a new album.
The live shows still feature most of the classic burners that Unit F fans came to expect; the same songs that landed them shows with such bands as Bad Religion, TSOL, and too many other vaunted yet still active punk rock hall of famers. Ride is still as popular as ever, but with this lineup, the vibe is tighter, and all the songs seem to fit. The dynamic is unique. Maybe it is because the new material seems to be more of an evolution of punk rock with distinct vocals and meaty churning riffs that make Unit F’s approach feel like classic old school. Backing vocals and sing (shout?) along choruses don’t hurt either.
So the live show still has that intensity that seems to change the room every time the band takes the stage, as the new songs such as Berkley Streets and Black Snake are pounded out with the same frenetic political intensity as Direct Action now or any song from Same Ol’ Story. Of course, the topics seem to span administrations and political trends with dismal ease, giving rise to other new songs like Decay and Bad Monkeys, which point out the steady, go nowhere march of a disoriented humanity. In that regard, at least the social reflection gets a driving beat, a pounding bass line and a two guitar attack that makes such introspect seem like good night of rock and roll. And that is just good punk rock protocol.
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Member since:
Sep 08 2014
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Years together:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
2-3 times per week
Available to gig:
2-3 nights a week
24 years


punk: tsol, bad religion, wierdos, Adolescents, Flag, Off, Minutemen, Saccrine Trust, Dead Kennedys, Damned, Rise Against, AntiFlag and all other powerful, socio political bands who push the envelope
Metal/Alt: System/Serj, foo fighters,
Progressive: King Crimson
Classic: Doors, Creedence
Other: the Fall, Incubus, Birthday Party

Members Of Band

Mel vocals/lyrics
Dave guitar
Phile drums
Guillermo bass
Mark Bolton guitar