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First off - what do we sound like you ask? You're asking the wrong guy - so I'll fall back on who we've been compared to: Dinosaur Jr, Beck, Guided By Voices, Neil Young, Meat Puppets. I'm not sure what I think of any of that (I don't think I've even heard the Meat Puppets before), but it could be worse.
The current lineup of the group has been playing together for around 4 months, after a year or so of shifty lineups and drummers with broken fingers. We've all been kicking around the local music scene for quite some time though, playing in groups that have generally been exactly opposite of what could be considered in vogue at the time.
Editors choice at CNet.
"Minneapolis' Unguided Missile forges a pact twixt Guided By Voices, Dinosaur Jr., Nirvana, and the Meat Puppets."
KRTU Radio - San Antonio Texas, April 2005 Review
"This album is a power-packed punch in the gut to most modern indie-rock listeners. It provides a raw depth often lacking in recent releases. The album is reminiscent of some old favorites like Dinosaur Jr. and the MC5, but there’s no need to look to the past for nostalgia rock. This album contains a provocative sound that you’ll never want to forget."
Rift Magazine (03/2005):
"Think of an old school punk band, like the Sex Pistols or the UK Subs. Now give that band a vocalist who sounds like a young Mick Jagger. Unguided Missile combines the above, along with razor-sharp lyrics and a smartass delivery..."
Filter Magazine - Picks of the month
And my personal favorite:
Maximum Rock and Roll, June 2005:
"There are two songs on here that shake themselves out of their meandering 'indie' doze hard enough to rock..."
"Below and Beyond is a carefully contained 10 round clip of raw riff-rock revelry that hits with both wallop and wit. In only 35 minutes we get a stiff dose of evil blues and black humor ranging from bitter and brutal to brittle and hopeless."
St. Paul Pioneer Press:
"Unguided Missile - Kurt Allis, Ben Durrant, Greg McAloon and Sean Williams - hits a bull's-eye on its rootsy new one, "Time Well Wasted," which features guest spots from Jessy Greene (VioVoom) and Andrew Broder (Fog). Today marks the band's CD-release party at the Turf Club with Ol' Yeller."
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
"Having made a name for itself with a strong track on the recent "Twin Town High, Vol. 5" compilation, the Neil Young-meets-GBV four-piece band Unguided Missile is going a step further with a release party for its "Time Well Wasted" its "Time Well Wasted" CD tonight at the Turf Club with Ol' Yeller. UM is led by Kurt Allis (ex-Brenda) and features local producer Ben Durrant."
Pulse of the Twin Cities - Interview and article.
Lost Cause Magazine:
"Passionate Guitar playing and catchy melodies..."
Kurt Allis: Songwriter, vocals, electric and acoustic guitar.
Previous projects include playing drums and band mom in the group Kingdom of Ghosts, and the early 90's fave Brenda, where he drummed and sang and began writing some of the songs that are now featured in Unguided Missile.
Ben Durrant: Electric guitar (keys, banjo, accordian, etc on the album)
Previous projects include experimental group Ceiba, noise poppers Guardians of Liberty, and punkers Steinhouse. He has also recorded and produced acts such as Dosh, Lateduster, If Thousands, Poor Line Condition and many others at his Crazy Beast Studio.
Tim Behm: Drums
A Minneapolis veteran, he and Ben have played together in several bands. Even though Tim is an aspiring Tai-Chi master, Ben can still kick his ass! But Tim can kick Eric's ass in chess...
Fred Lies: Bass
We would like to extent a big hell yeah to our new bass player and old friend Fred Lies! Ben, Tim and Fred have played together before and it's been a blast jamming together again. Things are sounding better than ever!!.