Punk band from Toronto, Ontario, Unbelievers is fronted by singer / songwriter / guitarist Jen Unbe. James Thomson is on bass and Hank Richards on drums. Since 2006, they have been turning out one catchy punk song after another. They pride themselves on putting on intense live shows and have toured with some heavy punk hitters, such as CJ Ramone (The Ramones) and The Queers and shared a stage with: The Misfits, The Ataris, Guttermouth, Off With Their Heads, The Creepshow, The Brains, The Real Deal, Arkells, Die Mannequin, The Artist Life, The Salads and The Sainte Catherines among others.
Unbelievers have just recently released a full length album “It's Not Luck You Need” (April 2013) produced by Rene D La Muerte (The Brains, The Mahones). We got a chance to chat with them a bit below. They tell us they hope their "music will convince people to be braver and to speak their truth more."
You have shared a stage with big names in the punk scene, such as The Misfits, The Ataris, Guttermouth, Off With Their Heads, The Creepshow, The Brains, The Real Deal, and Arkells, to name just a few. Is there a best memory that stands out from any of these shows?
All those bands are so rad it’s hard to pick just one band and one memory. We’ve developed lasting friendships with pretty much everyone you mentioned which is really cool. I guess the best thing is becoming friends with the bands that inspire you and that you look up to. Also, Rene D la Muerte from The Brains produced our latest album. He’s great.
What do you do for fun when you’re on the road?
If we get an opportunity, walking around and seeing the town where we’re playing in is our fave thing to do. People watching, seeing local landmarks, sampling local beers and foods is also great. We love being tourists haha.
What are some of your musical influences? And how do you get inspired?
I grew up listening to a lot of oldies, Motown and 80’s pop and then I found the Ramones in my early teens and it was game over. Inspiration is everywhere all the time because life has a way of just happening whether you’re ready for it or not. Songs happen in the same way and so I always have a little voice recorder and a pen and paper with me everywhere I go to get that idea down before it’s gone.
What do you hope your music will inspire others to do?
I hope my music will convince people to be braver and to speak their truth more.
Do you have any favourite tv shows?
Most recently I was really into Spartacus, the first season. Super fit dudes in loin cloths and hot ladies, sex and well choreographed fight scenes all in the style of Sam Raimi? Yes please.
Any words to live by?
Live love and love life. Work Hard. Never give up.