The Unclaimed

The Unclaimed

Formed in LA in 1979, The Unclaimed were one of the first and best of the “garage revival bands”. Filing on stage dressed all in black—turtlenecks, trousers, boots—like the Music Machine reincarnate, the group made a major visual and musical impression on many who saw them. Although they adhered to a purist 1966 American teen garage ethic, bandleader and visionary Shelley Ganz’s songs were always fresh, original and utterly distinctive. There were at three different incarnations of the band; the final and longest-lasting lineup, which included Lee Joseph on bass, broke up in ’87, shortly after completing an outstanding album called, Under the Bodhi Tree, which was finally released in ’93 under the name Atilla and The Huns. With the help of long time Unclaimed friend, former Droogs and Dream Syndicate member Dave Provost, the group re-formed in 2013, playing their first show since their breakup in front of a rabidly appreciative crowd at the Ugly Things 30th Anniversary event in San Diego. With Dave on guitar, Lee on bass, José Rendón on drums and of course bandleader Shelly Ganz on vocals and guitar, The Unclaimed has returned with a sack of old favorites, a stockpile of new songs, and a garage rock vengeance!