David Castillo 1 p.m., April 18
Sound description: Hardcore punk
RIYL: Some Girls, the Vows, Stabbed By Words
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- Blurt · June 1, 2006
Inception: San Diego, 1995
Influences: Struggle, Swing Kids , Kill Holiday, Some Girls, Smooth Man Automatic, Johnny Angel, Over My Dead Body
Hardcore punk band Unbroken chose the name Unbroken because they wanted to emphasize their dedication to the straight edge philosophy of drug abstinence. However, like many such bands, most of the members have since given up this belief.
The band's members were also in the groups Struggle, Swing Kids , Kill Holiday, Some Girls, Smooth Man Automatic, Johnny Angel and Over My Dead Body before, during, and after Unbroken's existence.
Guitarist Eric Allen committed suicide three years after the break up of the band. The band reformed soon after Eric's death for one show, as a benefit to Eric's family.
Rob Moran played in the hardcore group Some Girls and moved to Seattle for awhile before returning to San Diego. He then started a band with John Pettibone (former member of Undertow and Nineironspitfire, currently in Himsa), Ryan Murphy (former member of Undertow, Ten Yard Fight, Ensign) and Aram Arslanian (guitarist of Champion and vocalist for Betrayed). That band, the Vows, is a straight-edge group musically influenced by the old-school hardcore band Judge. The Vows released a CD on Indecision Records in 2006.
Moran next joined hardcore group the Narrows, playing alongside Seattle-based duo Dave Verellen (Botch/Roy) and Ryan Frederiksen (These Arms Are Snakes, nineironspitfire), along with San Diego drummer Sam Stothers (Makeout Boys, Quarantine) and London-based guitarist Jodie Cox (Tropics, Rohame, Bullet Union). Their debut full-length New Distances was released in 2009. That band released a new full length was released in 2012, Painted.
Dave Claibourne went on to Stabbed By Words.
In summer 2010, Unbroken announced it would reunite to play the Fuck Yeah Fest. The formerly straight edge punkers also reunited in early September to play for some band-supported causes (an art community in Mexico and cancer treatment for a band associate).