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Artist of the day: Unkempt

What's this? Metal? At Tropical Heatwave?

Yes, when the lineup for this year's WMNF Tropical Heatwave concert was announced, a couple of bands stood out. One was Unkempt, a Lakeland heavy metal band who scored an invite thanks to their association with the WMNF metal show Psycho Realms. Their music is heavy, grungy, throat-scorching stuff with elements of old-school punk.

"I think everyone in the band feels it's a privilege to be part of something like the WMNF Heatwave," said bassist Andy Wajek. "Heatwave is a great showcase of all kinds of talent and the five of us are definitely very proud to be a part of it."

Over the years the band -- vocalist Dave Hancock, guitarists Chet Fox and Shaun De Leon, drummer Andrew Martin and Wajek -- has played with metal favorites like Obituary, Otep and The Absence, and have become a staple of the local metal scene.

Unkempt is working on a new EP and has been plotting some tours for summer, including, they hope, a run through Puerto Rico. But first, this weekend, it's Tropical Heatwave. The band will perform at 11:55 p.m. Saturday at Crowbar in Ybor City. Tickets for all of Tropical Heatwave are $32 advance, $40 at the door, or you can buy a ticket just for the shows at Crowbar for $10. Click here for details

"We try to shape our sets based on each individual show, and this one will be no different," Wajek said. "It's a tailor-made production solely for Heatwave. We're gonna be playing everything from older classic stuff, to new stuff, to stuff that's even newer still. I think we are all confident that the whole night is going to be amazing."

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:19pm]


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