The Unemployed

The Unemployed

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The Unemployed is a rock/power pop duo based out of Chicago.

Biography

Formed in Hickory Hills Illinois, The Unemployed, consisting of songwriter Brian Broscoe on vocals and guitar and Tony Virgilio on drums, combine catchy hooks, melodic rhythms and unforgettable lyrics creating an infectious blend of power pop/rock all their own.

With influences ranging from various 50’s and 60’s Rock ‘n’ Roll to the early sounds of Weezer and Marcy Playground, Brian’s songwriting combines all the essential elements of what makes a power pop song a hit. With melodies and lyrics that you’re left singing for days, he has discovered the perfect formula to create the ultimate power pop song.

Discovering music at a late age, it didn’t take Brian long to realize that he had a passion and talent for songwriting. Finding the right band wasn’t quite as easy so he learned to do everything himself. He taught himself how to play the drums and learned the ins and outs of production as well. He recorded his first independently released E.P. entitled, “Fuck Work,” on a 12 track in his home studio. He began promoting his songs by playing acoustic shows around the city. Though the acoustic shows were an excellent outlet to promote his music at that time, it wasn’t quite the vision he had in mind. He knew that he wanted a full band so the music would come across the way that he intended.

After only his second show with a drummer, his sound caught the ear of independent label, Creeque Alley Records, whom he signed with in early 2005. He has since been working on his first full-length album at Rax Trax studios in Chicago. In the meantime, Creeque Alley has released a 5 song E.P. which they are currently promoting.

With the recent addition of drummer Tony Virgilio, The Unemployed has been able to start playing live shows again as a band. Currently without a bass player, Brian and Tony more than make up for that missing piece, working extremely hard to make their two-piece sound like a full band.

For more information check out www.theunemployed.net.

Lyrics

The Photographer from the Film Set Ruined My Life

Written By: Brian Broscoe © 2005

It just so happens I was there on the day you were
You call it "fate," I call it "bad luck" and, well, that's for sure!
I was drunk as hell and everything that night's a blur
I tried to start a conversation, why I'm still not sure....

I had to know your name, I just had to know your name
I had to know your name, I just had to know your name
I should have walked away, that was my one mistake
You suffocate me so bad, I need more than just "space!"

As it turns out I can breathe without you afterall
But not vise versa, I am everything you call...
"Happiness" and without me you just don't exist
You thought I was mad back then but now I'm just pissed!

I had to know your name, I just had to know your name
I had to know your name, I just had to know your name
I should have walked away, that was my one mistake
You suffocate me so bad, I need more than just "space!"

I can't believe I let you trap me
Before you came along I was happy
And for the record you make me miserable
I don't love you, It's just PHYSICAL

The thing is; I just want to be young
Don't want to be tied down by anyone
Anyone like you, that is

Love Is Strange

Written By: Smith/Baker/Robinson © 1958

Love, love is strange
A lot of people take it for a game
Once you get it, you never want to quit
And after you've had it, you're in an awful fix

Many people don't understand
They think loving is money in the hand
Your sweet loving is better than a kiss
When you leave me, sweet kisses are missed

Oh Sylvia...
Yes, Brian?
How do you call your lover boy?
Come here lover boy!
And if he doesn't answer?
Oh lover boy
And if he still doesn't answer?

Baby, my sweet baby
Baby, my sweet baby
You're the one

Am I Bitter?

Written By: Brian Broscoe © 2002

This girl is ten times prettier than you are
She makes me forget who the hell you are
I guess I could go on and on about her
She's a million times better of a person than you were

The best part of leaving you, was when I was leaving you
Leaing you

Whoa-oh, I'm about to move on
So-oh, just watch me move on

'Cause this new girl is in like with me and I'm in like with her
She makes me just laugh at whatever it was we were
And that was NOTHING, a waste of time
I would never forgive you, but I'm over you and now I'm fine

The worst part of loving you, was when I was loving you
Loving you

Whoa-oh, I'm about to move on
So-oh, just watch me move on
*Bitch!*

Whoa-oh, I'm about to move on
So-oh, just watch me move on

Am I as bitter as everyone says?
I'm trying so hard but never getting anywhere
Am I as bitter like everyone said
I'm trying, I'm trying but I'd rather see you dead

Discography

FUCK WORK! E.P. (Independently released 2004)
Self Titled E.P. (Released by Creeque Alley Records 2006)