You don't hear a lot about the Unseen in newspapers or anything, even though they're the biggest punk band from Boston whose name isn't Dropkick Murphys. They just sorta do what they do, tour their faces off, put out consistently no-bullshit punk records, don't make a big deal about it. We feel a kinship with Tripp Underwood because he's a compulsive writer and he's from our era -- "our era" meaning your formative albums were Purple Rain, Appetite for Destruction, and . . . And Justice for All. Compulsive as in the guy keeps an insane tour diary and just wrote his first book, So This Is Readin, an oral history of the Unseen's first 13 years of existence. This isn't, like, some faux-literary thing, just a hard-nosed anecdotal memoir that stays true to the Unseen's school of expression: short, fast, to the point. It's also an interesting companion volume to anyone who actually read Rollins's Get In the Van -- you can read Readin as a follow-up look at the same circuit 20 years later. For the record: Tripp Underwood, solid dude.
Tonight is the book-release party for So This Is Readin: Life on the Road with the Unseen -- at the Paradise Lounge, with Dropkick Murphys' Matt Kelly on the decks and additional Murphys on hand in the classic-punk party band Bastards of Young -- and since nobody downloads pdfs (yet), we got a clip from the audio book version, which is out now as a 4-CD set on Hopeless (in addition to Tripp running his trap, there's also an EPs worth of rare Unseen tracks included). This is from the best place to start -- the beginning -- but it's also a great story that everyone should hear: about the time the Unseen played a bar mitzvah at the Hard Rock for the son of a member of Aerosmith. Which one? Download and listen . . .
DOWNLOAD: Tripp Underwood, So This Is Readin: Life on the Road with the Unseen, Chapter One (mp3)