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The Unsatisfied

Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
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Jun
07
The Unsatisfied @ Riverbend Festival

Chattanooga, Georgia, United States

Chattanooga, Georgia, United States

Mar
27
The Unsatisfied @ TFG Productions

Murfreesboro, Tennessee, United States

Murfreesboro, Tennessee, United States

Aug
31
The Unsatisfied @ No Coast Music Festival/ Red Barn Music Park

Calhoun, Georgia, United States

Calhoun, Georgia, United States

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The Unsatisfied have been tearing up the South with their wild stage shows for quite some time now... We have done past CD reviews but never an interview.... So it is now time... Punk Globe readers meet The Unsatisfied!!

Punk Globe: You have been tearing up the south for quite a few years. Can you give us a brief history of the band?
THE UNSATISFIED: (Eric Scealf) I formed the group with a friend on Halloween night1986. I started it because I felt that it was my only way out. I grew up different, I didn't fit in, being in a band made me feel invincible. If you're in a punk band it's okay to be weird, to be a freak...it's acceptable. We played our first show in March of '87 in a rented banquet room at the Ramada Inn. After that we did a couple of shows in Knoxville 'cause there weren't many places to play in Chattanooga. Our first club show in town was at a place called Hollywood's. It was a pool-hall/good-time house in the daytime that had punk shows at night. That was our "home" for the first couple of years. Since then we've been rolling non-stop.

Punk Globe: Who came up with the band name The Unsatisfied?
THE UNSATISFIED: (Eric Scealf) I got it from a poster in a photo on the back of 'Can Your Pussy Do the Dog" EP by The Cramps. It's the title of an old French Noire film and it seemed to speak to me...I've spent a good bit of my life Unsatisfied with one thing or another.
Punk Globe: Who are the original band members of the Unsatisfied and who is in the band now?
THE UNSATISFIED: (Eric Scealf) It was myself on vocals, Shauna Godwin on guitar, Doug Bales on drums and Mike Bales on the bass. The band has evolved a lot over the years. Now The Unsatisfied is, myself on vocals, Johnny Stockman on lead guitar, Joel Hastings, rhythm guitar, Doug Bales on drums, and E.T. on bass.

Punk Globe: Can you give the readers a brief description of your discography?
THE UNSATISFIED: 'Songs the Belt Taught Us' (2011), 'The Way 2 the Crumbs (2006), 'Seven Inch Rock Scar' (2002), 'Real Gone Pale Face' (1998), 'Valley of the Freak' (1993 Cassette Only), 'Lustcraft' (1992 Cassette Only), '4 on 4' (1988 Demo Cassette), 'The Unsatisfied Live @ The Rock'n'Country Club' (1988 Live Cassette).

Punk Globe: Does The Unsatisfied have members who write the music or is it a group effort?
THE UNSATISFIED: (Eric Scealf) Mostly a group effort. That tends to make the best songs with us. That way all of our different influences get a chance to come through the mix.

(Doug Bales) Usually someone will start playing a riff that they've been fooling with, or I'll just be goofing around with different beats and then something will catch and Eric will start adding words and melodies. Sometimes it turns into a great song, sometimes just a part of something that we file away. Usually the really good ones fall together in no time.
Punk Globe: I know that Eric used to send me notices about The Unsatisfied winning all sorts of polls, Tell us about that?
THE UNSATISFIED: (Eric Scealf) In 2001 we shot a documentary about The Unsatisfied called 'Ambition Withdraw', It hit the Film Festival circuit in '03 and won awards in every festival that it showed at. It was picked up by Attack Records and Filmworks, but they ended up shelving the project and never officially releasing it. Now it's out of date and collecting dust, thanks to them.

Punk Globe: How many video's have you released?
THE UNSATISFIED: (Eric Scealf) It's kind of hard to say, there's so much stuff on YouTube...Officially speaking, I think there are 5, one of which is a live performance. We're in the middle of making a video for 'The Lovin',' our second concept video from our latest CD 'Songs the Belt taught Us'. The last one we did was "Apocalypse of Joan", it's had about 1200 hits on Youtube in it's first 6 weeks.
Punk Globe: Tell us about the club circuit in the south? Which venues do you enjoy playing?
THE UNSATISFIED: (Eric Scealf) It's always been rough here, we're not your run of - Punk Globe


...Chattanooga may be shaping up to quite the underground music hub these days, but there are those who remember differently. Eric Scealf, front man for Chattanooga punk/glam rock band The Unsatisfied, has witnessed the growing pains and pleasures of the local punk scene since The Unsatisfied got their start by playing a house party one Halloween night in 1986. Eric remembers a very different Chattanooga than the one we have today. “Chattanooga was the strangest place to be in the 1980s. Very dangerous situations all over this town back then. Dark and depressing—you did not go down town,” he said.

Since the genesis of the punk rock genre around 1974, punk bands in the States as well as across the Pond had a hard time finding places to play shows. Even at an early stage, politically charged punk rock was deemed “dangerous” because it bucked the mainstream and rejected commercialized mass-produced music, opting instead for free thinkers and raw, unpolished, devoted talent. Venues weren’t quick to open their doors to punk acts. This was especially true in the South where country music (please apply appropriate drawl and emphasis to the first syllable in “country”) is the preferred delicacy next to road kill and cracklin’.

“I had a lot of luck out of town,” Scealf said. “For me it seemed the farther I got out of the South the better it was for what I was trying to do.”

Though Chattanooga’s punk-rock scene in the ’80s lagged behind the rest of the country by about a decade, it has held its own since. Black Flag, the Descendants and the Red Hot Chili Peppers all played a gritty punk/alternative club called the Nucleus located at 405 Market Street (about where The Mix is now) before they hit it big. Whatever the reason for our late start, we appear to be making up for it now. Chattanooga is cooler than Johnny Rotten’s spiky orange hair (…not really, but we can dream). - The Pulse-Chattanooga


Chattanooga Punk Rockers "The Unsatisfied" didn't sing their salute, but they did do it in Rock Star style... sending "love and blood" to Staff Sgt. Michael Watson who wrote to the band asking if they could send some music to him and the rest of the 18th Infantry. Why "love and blood?" It's just something the band has always said to their fans. The Unsatisfied have actually become friends with Sgt. Watson and his family. They even played a surprise gig for him when he came home for leave. - CNN/HeadLineNews


The 3rd annual Crüefest Atlanta charity event is set to take place June 1, 2012, at the 10 High Club in Atlanta, GA. English Nick, of 97.1 The River, will host the event featuring drawings, raffles and performances by The Unsatisfied, Hellyen, Citizen Icon, Durty Rockstar (featuring former Gypsy Pistelero bassist Aaron "Angel" Lee), a one night only reunion of The Living Abortions and to close the event Motley Crue tribute band DR. Feelgood. All proceeds will be donated directly to the Skylar Neil Foundation. In 1995, Motley Crüe’s singer Vince Neil lost his daughter, Skylar, to cancer. Since that time Crüefest charity events across the world have helped raise nearly two million dollars to fund research to fight cancer, AIDS, and leukemia through The Skylar Neil Foundation...
- puregrainaudio.com


"The Unsatisfied have been tearing up the South with their wild stage shows for quite some time now... We have done past CD reviews but never an interview.... So it is now time... Punk Globe readers meet The Unsatisfied!!" - Punk Globe


"The Unsatisfied have been tearing up the South with their wild stage shows for quite some time now... We have done past CD reviews but never an interview.... So it is now time... Punk Globe readers meet The Unsatisfied!!" - Punk Globe


Rockers The Unsatisfied are releasing a new concept video for their single 'The Lovin' from the critically acclaimed CD, 'Songs the Belt Taught Us'(Shame Records 2011). It can be found on the bands YouTube channel, TheUnsatisfied1. This is the second official video from the album and will be released on April 1, 2012. 'The Lovin', which was the first single released from the CD, has seen international radio play and is available as a free MP3 download at theunsatisfied.com.
- AcousticAlternative.com


BY BENJAMIN RICCI
A Shure SM58 microphone that was once used by punk legend Lux Interior of The Cramps has been returned to its owner. Eric Scealf of the rock group The Unsatisfied offered a reward for the return of the mic when he realized it was missing in early February.

Yesterday his plea was answered when the microphone arrived by first-class mail in an anonymous package. Mr. Scealf says,

“There’s a Dallas, TX postmark but the return address is bogus, we had it checked out. There was no note or anything, just my mic wrapped in some paper and one of those Guy Fawkes masks. That’s it, nothing else.”

The Guy Fawkes mask was popularized by the movie V for Vendetta and most recently adopted by members of the “Occupy” movement. It has also become a symbol for the underground political group known simply as ‘Anonymous’. As of yet, no-one has taken credit for the return of the microphone.

Mr Scealf states,

“I’d love to find out who sent this back. It’s hard to put into words what this means to me, and I’ll gladly pay the $500 reward if somebody comes forward with proof that they sent it. If not, I’m just glad I got Lux’s microphone back. I feel like King Arthur having Excalibur returned!” - Performer Magazine


BY BENJAMIN RICCI
A Shure SM58 microphone that was once used by punk legend Lux Interior of The Cramps has been returned to its owner. Eric Scealf of the rock group The Unsatisfied offered a reward for the return of the mic when he realized it was missing in early February.

Yesterday his plea was answered when the microphone arrived by first-class mail in an anonymous package. Mr. Scealf says,

“There’s a Dallas, TX postmark but the return address is bogus, we had it checked out. There was no note or anything, just my mic wrapped in some paper and one of those Guy Fawkes masks. That’s it, nothing else.”

The Guy Fawkes mask was popularized by the movie V for Vendetta and most recently adopted by members of the “Occupy” movement. It has also become a symbol for the underground political group known simply as ‘Anonymous’. As of yet, no-one has taken credit for the return of the microphone.

Mr Scealf states,

“I’d love to find out who sent this back. It’s hard to put into words what this means to me, and I’ll gladly pay the $500 reward if somebody comes forward with proof that they sent it. If not, I’m just glad I got Lux’s microphone back. I feel like King Arthur having Excalibur returned!” - Performer Magazine


A Shure SM58 microphone that was once used by punk legend Lux Interior of The Cramps has been returned to its owner. Eric Scealf of the rock group The Unsatisfied offered a reward for the return of the mic when he realized it was missing in early February. Yesterday his plea was answered when the microphone arrived by first-class mail in an anonymous package. Mr. Scealf said "There's a Dallas, TX postmark but the return address is bogus, we had it checked out. There was no note or anything, just my mic wrapped in some paper and one of those Guy Fawkes masks. That's it, nothing else."

The Guy Fawkes mask was popularized by the movie 'V For Vendetta' and most recently adopted by members of the "Occupy" movement. It has also become a symbol for the underground political group known simply as Anonymous. As of yet, no-one has taken credit for the return of the microphone.

Mr Scealf states, "I'd love to find out who sent this back. It's hard to put into words what this means to me, and I'll gladly pay the $500 reward if somebody comes forward with proof that they sent it. If not, I'm just glad I got Lux's microphone back. I feel like King Arthur having Excalibur returned!"

For more information, please visit: www.facebook.com/theunsatisfied. - puregrainaudio.com


Friday, April 25, 2003
Ambition Withdraw, the Chattanooga-made documentary about Chattanooga band The Unsatisfied, beat out 80 other films to win the Audience Choice Award and received an honorable mention in the Documentary category at the recent ValleyFest Film Festival in Knoxville. At least 700 hundred people attended the festival.

The move and the band appear to be on a roll: In addition to the two awards,
the film has received two excellent reviews outside Chattanooga, publicist Rich Bailey said.


The band has signed a recording contract with Evil Jim Records and will go into the recording studio this spring to record its next album, tentatively titled "The Way to the Crumbs."

According to festival director Donna Maxwell, the Audience Choice award is
the best award a film can win. "If you go to a distributor with an audience award, it tells them that a significant number of people not only wanted to watch the film but thought it was the best they saw," she said.

"A distributor wants to know that people want to watch a film, and that's pretty good evidence."

She praised both the film and the film maker. "I can¹t think of another
documentary that followed a band for so many years and showed its
evolution," she said. "I'm really impressed with Jason Eustice's work and dedication to that project, the time he spent on it and how he chose to structure the film."

The Knoxville alternative weekly newspaper Metro Pulse devoted most of its wrap-up article about ValleyFest to a review of Ambition Withdraw, calling it "a quirky, ambitious, technically impressive, and frequently bizarre film about the 15-year career of a Chattanooga goth-punk-metal-glam band, The
Unsatisfied, and its charismatic lead singer, Eric Scealf."

The reviewer also wrote: "The film, which is at turns startling and
hilarious, nearly makes a rock Œn¹ roll legend of Scealf, a cross-dressing body builder who's known for his manic energy and deliberately shocking stage show... a friendly, approachable guy, maybe a damning flaw for a shock-rocker."

The full Metro Pulse review is at
www.metropulse.com/dir_zine/dir_2003/1316/t_eye.html

Film review web site bonestructure.net said about Ambition
Withdraw: "I can see influences in the film and the band, ranging from
Kenneth Anger and some other 60s experimental film makers to large doses of Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, The Fugs and the Velvet Underground, with maybe a small dash of Motorhead.... Chaotic, surreal and ultimately satisfying, it's not a film you¹re likely to see on PBS.

"This is unlike any other rockumentary you'll have seen. Hosted by Dr. Gangrene introducing it as if it were a horror movie, it tries hard to live up to that.

"The film maker, in an attempt to sculpt the film to compliment the band's angst, has succeeded admirably. Aside from the music, the testimonials, the weirdness, he shows the day jobs, raising kids, supporting a family and problems in the band itself. The part of rock and roll no one likes to talk about. He shows everything, including a few things the band would probably
rather not have shown."

The full BoneStructure.net review is at www.bonestructure.net/ambition.html.


- The Chattanoogan.com


THE UNSATISFIED

The Way to the Crumbs

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This long-running blood-andglitter institution have a history fraught with peril and scandal, and a raw, feral sound that matches their bruises and scars. Stooges backbeat, Buckcherry spit, Lords Of The New Church swagger. - Classic Rock Magazine (UK)


A Shure SM58 microphone once used by punk legend Lux Interior of The Cramps has been returned to its owner, Eric Scealf of the Chattanooga rock band The Unsatisfied, but Scealf has no idea who returned it.
The microphone vanished in February after the band played a show in Atlanta. After an exhaustive search, Scealf decided to offer a $500 reward for its return and the story was picked up by several websites. Until last week, he presumed the coveted microphone was lost forever.

But on St. Patrick’s Day, his plea was answered when the microphone arrived by first-class mail in an anonymous package.

“There’s a Dallas postmark, but the return address is bogus. We had it checked out,” Scealf said. “There was no note or anything, just my mic wrapped in some paper and one of those Guy Fawkes masks. That’s it, nothing else.”

Scealf said he rarely uses the microphone (the procurement of which is a story in itself), but carries it with him for good luck.

“I used it for a few shows after I got it, just because it had Lux’s mojo on it,” Scealf said. “After Lux died a few years ago I started taking it with me on the road and pretty much everywhere we went. It stayed in my make-up case, it just felt good having it with me, kind of my good luck charm.”

Scealf is very curious about who returned the mic and said the reward is still available.

“I’ll gladly pay the $500 reward if somebody comes forward with proof that they sent it. If not, I’m just glad I got Lux’s microphone back. I feel like King Arthur having Excalibur returned!” - Chattanooga Pulse-Brewer Media


Socially dangerous Southern punk rock- If The Unsatisfied ever heads your way, you oughta see them. No one gives a vocal, sweat and blood, Iggy, Cramps, Bowie influenced, heart and soul performance like Eric Scealf and his fellow band members. It's a great show, great music, and never more than a few dollars- true music for the poor bastards of the south who want to hear a song with spit to it. - Frances Ribbit via facebook


Socially dangerous Southern punk rock- If The Unsatisfied ever heads your way, you oughta see them. No one gives a vocal, sweat and blood, Iggy, Cramps, Bowie influenced, heart and soul performance like Eric Scealf and his fellow band members. It's a great show, great music, and never more than a few dollars- true music for the poor bastards of the south who want to hear a song with spit to it. - Frances Ribbit via facebook


Singer Eric Scealf of the rock group The Unsatisfied is offering a cash reward of $500 for the return of a microphone that was used by deceased punk icon Lux Interior (1946-2009) of The Cramps. Scealf was given the microphone after a show in Atlanta during The Cramp's 1995 "Flamejob Tour". "I used that mic for a few shows after I got it, just because it had Lux's mojo on it. Everytime I touch that microphone I can feel his spirit, his energy in it," says Scealf. "It was pretty beat up from Lux pounding it into the stage, so I put it on my trophy shelf. The only time it's not on that shelf it's in my make-up case. I carry it with me when The Unsatisfied is working for luck, and I just get good vibes from it, especially since Lux passed away". - OpenUpandSay.com


Singer Eric Scealf of the rock group The Unsatisfied is offering a cash reward of $500 for the return of a microphone that was used by deceased punk icon Lux Interior (1946-2009) of The Cramps. Scealf was given the microphone after a show in Atlanta during The Cramp's 1995 "Flamejob Tour". "I used that mic for a few shows after I got it, just because it had Lux's mojo on it. Everytime I touch that microphone I can feel his spirit, his energy in it," says Scealf. "It was pretty beat up from Lux pounding it into the stage, so I put it on my trophy shelf. The only time it's not on that shelf it's in my make-up case. I carry it with me when The Unsatisfied is working for luck, and I just get good vibes from it, especially since Lux passed away". - NewsCred.com


Singer Eric Scealf of the rock group The Unsatisfied is offering a cash reward of $500 for the return of a microphone that was used by deceased punk icon Lux Interior (1946-2009) of The Cramps. Scealf was given the microphone after a show in Atlanta during The Cramp’s 1995 Flamejob Tour. “I used that mic for a few shows after I got it, just because it had Lux’s mojo on it. Every time I touch that microphone I can feel his spirit, his energy in it,” says Scealf. “It was pretty beat up from Lux pounding it into the stage, so I put it on my trophy shelf. The only time it’s not on that shelf it’s in my make-up case. I carry it with me when The Unsatisfied is working for luck, and I just get good vibes from it, especially since Lux passed away.”

After a recent show in Atlanta and a series of video shoots, it was discovered that the microphone had vanished. After an exhaustive search and several phone calls Scealf and the rest of The Unsatisfied decided to offer a reward for its return. The microphone is a Shure SM58 with a dented and somewhat rusty windscreen and it has a distinct X scratched into the body at the plug. The microphone or information leading to its whereabouts can be mailed to Eric Scealf c/o The Unsatisfied, 4027 Meadow Ln, Chattanooga, TN 37406. You can also phone Eric Turner at (423)504-5965 or email theunsatisfied@gmail.com. No questions will be asked and reward money will be mailed to return address upon receipt of microphone. Mr. Scealf is available for questions or interviews by emailing requests to theunsatisfied@gmail.com. - Zimbio.com


After a recent show in Atlanta and a series of video shoots, it was discovered that the microphone had vanished. After an exhaustive search and several phone calls Scealf and the rest of The Unsatisfied decided to offer a reward for its return. The microphone is a Shure SM58 with a dented and somewhat rusty windscreen and it has a distinct X scratched into the body at the plug. - Performer Magazine


Singer Eric Scealf of the rock group The Unsatisfied is offering a cash reward of $500 for the return of a microphone that was used by deceased punk icon Lux Interior (1946-2009) of The Cramps. Scealf was given the microphone after a show in Atlanta during The Cramp's 1995 "Flamejob Tour". "I used that mic for a few shows after I got it, just because it had Lux's mojo on it. - www.chroniXRadio.com/new


Singer Eric Scealf of the rock group The Unsatisfied is offering a cash reward of $500 for the return of a microphone that was used by deceased punk icon Lux Interior (1946-2009) of The Cramps. Scealf was given the microphone after a show in Atlanta during The Cramp's 1995 "Flamejob Tour". "I used that mic for a few shows after I got it, just because it had Lux's mojo on it. - www.chroniXRadio.com/new


Singer Eric Scealf of the rock group The Unsatisfied is offering a cash reward of $500 for the return of a microphone that was used by deceased punk icon Lux Interior (1946-2009) of The Cramps. Scealf was given the microphone after a show in Atlanta during The Cramp's 1995 "Flamejob Tour". "I used that mic for a few shows after I got it, just because it had Lux's mojo on it. Everytime I touch that microphone I can feel his spirit, his energy in it," says Scealf... - Pure Grain Audio


Singer Eric Scealf of the rock group The Unsatisfied is offering a cash reward of $500 for the return of a microphone that was used by deceased punk icon Lux Interior (1946-2009) of The Cramps. Scealf was given the microphone after a show in Atlanta during The Cramp’s 1995 Flamejob Tour. “I used that mic for a few shows after I got it, just because it had Lux’s mojo on it. Every time I touch that microphone I can feel his spirit, his energy in it,” says Scealf. “It was pretty beat up from Lux pounding it into the stage, so I put it on my trophy shelf. The only time it’s not on that shelf it’s in my make-up case. I carry it with me when The Unsatisfied is working for luck, and I just get good vibes from it, especially since Lux passed away.” - The Worley Gig Rock Reviews


Singer Eric Scealf of the rock group The Unsatisfied is offering a cash reward of $500 for the return of a microphone that was used by deceased punk icon Lux Interior (1946-2009) of The Cramps. Scealf was given the microphone after a show in Atlanta during The Cramp’s 1995 Flamejob Tour. “I used that mic for a few shows after I got it, just because it had Lux’s mojo on it. Every time I touch that microphone I can feel his spirit, his energy in it,” says Scealf. “It was pretty beat up from Lux pounding it into the stage, so I put it on my trophy shelf. The only time it’s not on that shelf it’s in my make-up case. I carry it with me when The Unsatisfied is working for luck, and I just get good vibes from it, especially since Lux passed away.” - The Worley Gig Rock Reviews


Another great thing I noticed about The Unsatisfied was their live performances. "Power pack is the word that comes to mind. It's such a great delight to watch lead singer Eric Scealf on stage. His moves are truly some of the very best I've seen in a live show. I find myself trying to move like Eric when I play their songs. - Regina Swarn Music and Film


Another great thing I noticed about The Unsatisfied was their live performances. "Power pack is the word that comes to mind. It's such a great delight to watch lead singer Eric Scealf on stage. His moves are truly some of the very best I've seen in a live show. I find myself trying to move like Eric when I play their songs. - Regina Swarn Music and Film


"...A Jazz infused punk rock operation, with a sizeable dash of Southern gospel, they are not new to the business..." - Alternative revolt Magazine (Issue 12)


The Unsatisfied have been tearing up the South with their wild stage shows for quite some time now... We have done past CD reviews but never an interview.... So it is now time... Punk Globe readers meet The Unsatisfied!!

Punk Globe: You have been tearing up the south for quite a few years. Can you give us a brief history of the band?
THE UNSATISFIED: (Eric Scealf) I formed the group with a friend on Halloween night1986. I started it because I felt that it was my only way out. I grew up different, I didn't fit in, being in a band made me feel invincible. If you're in a punk band it's okay to be weird, to be a freak...it's acceptable. We played our first show in March of '87 in a rented banquet room at the Ramada Inn. After that we did a couple of shows in Knoxville 'cause there weren't many places to play in Chattanooga. Our first club show in town was at a place called Hollywood's. It was a pool-hall/good-time house in the daytime that had punk shows at night. That was our "home" for the first couple of years. Since then we've been rolling non-stop.

Punk Globe: Who came up with the band name The Unsatisfied?
THE UNSATISFIED: (Eric Scealf) I got it from a poster in a photo on the back of 'Can Your Pussy Do the Dog" EP by The Cramps. It's the title of an old French Noire film and it seemed to speak to me...I've spent a good bit of my life Unsatisfied with one thing or another.
Punk Globe: Who are the original band members of the Unsatisfied and who is in the band now?
THE UNSATISFIED: (Eric Scealf) It was myself on vocals, Shauna Godwin on guitar, Doug Bales on drums and Mike Bales on the bass. The band has evolved a lot over the years. Now The Unsatisfied is, myself on vocals, Johnny Stockman on lead guitar, Joel Hastings, rhythm guitar, Doug Bales on drums, and E.T. on bass.

Punk Globe: Can you give the readers a brief description of your discography?
THE UNSATISFIED: 'Songs the Belt Taught Us' (2011), 'The Way 2 the Crumbs (2006), 'Seven Inch Rock Scar' (2002), 'Real Gone Pale Face' (1998), 'Valley of the Freak' (1993 Cassette Only), 'Lustcraft' (1992 Cassette Only), '4 on 4' (1988 Demo Cassette), 'The Unsatisfied Live @ The Rock'n'Country Club' (1988 Live Cassette).

Punk Globe: Does The Unsatisfied have members who write the music or is it a group effort?
THE UNSATISFIED: (Eric Scealf) Mostly a group effort. That tends to make the best songs with us. That way all of our different influences get a chance to come through the mix.

(Doug Bales) Usually someone will start playing a riff that they've been fooling with, or I'll just be goofing around with different beats and then something will catch and Eric will start adding words and melodies. Sometimes it turns into a great song, sometimes just a part of something that we file away. Usually the really good ones fall together in no time.
Punk Globe: I know that Eric used to send me notices about The Unsatisfied winning all sorts of polls, Tell us about that?
THE UNSATISFIED: (Eric Scealf) In 2001 we shot a documentary about The Unsatisfied called 'Ambition Withdraw', It hit the Film Festival circuit in '03 and won awards in every festival that it showed at. It was picked up by Attack Records and Filmworks, but they ended up shelving the project and never officially releasing it. Now it's out of date and collecting dust, thanks to them.

Punk Globe: How many video's have you released?
THE UNSATISFIED: (Eric Scealf) It's kind of hard to say, there's so much stuff on YouTube...Officially speaking, I think there are 5, one of which is a live performance. We're in the middle of making a video for 'The Lovin',' our second concept video from our latest CD 'Songs the Belt taught Us'. The last one we did was "Apocalypse of Joan", it's had about 1200 hits on Youtube in it's first 6 weeks.
Punk Globe: Tell us about the club circuit in the south? Which venues do you enjoy playing?
THE UNSATISFIED: (Eric Scealf) It's always been rough here, we're not your run of the mill "club band". A few places that we love and still play from time to time are J.J.'s Bohemia and Sluggo's here in Chattanooga, and The Masquerade, and The Star Bar in Atlanta. Back in the 90's we played CBGB's in NYC. That was legendary.

Punk Globe: Has The Unsatisfied ever done any shows with Jayne County?
THE UNSATISFIED: Not yet, but we'd love to.
Punk Globe: Who are some of the bands personal favorites bands to play with?
THE UNSATISFIED: (Eric Scealf) The Misfits, Michale Graves, The El Caminos and The Sexual Side Effects from Atlanta, Starbolt 9 from New York. Skeetzo'n'Krysis from Murfreesboro are always a blast.
Punk Globe: Has the Unsatisfied toured?
THE UNSATISFIED: (Eric Scealf) Yes. We toured with The Impotent Sea Snakes in 2002. Since then we've mainly done one-offs and 2 or 3 day runs. We've spent alot of time recording, too.

Punk Globe: Give the readers a description of a typical Unsatisfied show?
THE UNSATISFIED: (Eric Scealf) All Hell breaks loose. S - Punk Globe Magazine


Chattanooga's glam-punk icons The Unsatisfied brings its sideshow rock spectacle to one of Atlanta's diviest of dives. As if the night didn't already stink of cheap beer, dirty strippers, and stifling cigarette smoke, locals the Dirty Knockouts and the Bums provide additional gutter punk and grime.
— Jonathan Williams - Creative Loafing- Atlanta


Chattanooga's glam-punk icons The Unsatisfied brings its sideshow rock spectacle to one of Atlanta's diviest of dives. As if the night didn't already stink of cheap beer, dirty strippers, and stifling cigarette smoke, locals the Dirty Knockouts and the Bums provide additional gutter punk and grime.
— Jonathan Williams - Creative Loafing- Atlanta


Rock group The Unsatisfied have adopted a local shelter, Chattanooga Room in the Inn (CRITI) as their focus charity for 2012. The mission of Chattanooga Room in the Inn is to empower homeless women and children to become self-sufficient by offering a temporary home while providing programs and services necessary to meet their goals.

The Unsatisfied have performed at several charity functions and benefits throughout the years and decided to concentrate their efforts on a local charity organization that meant something special to the group. Lead vocalist Eric Scealf and Bassist Eric Turner both had childhood experiences that immediately drew them to this cause. Eric Scealf said, "I can remember the fear. Me and my brother and mother with nowhere to go, and the love that we felt when we did find help. That's why The Unsatisfied has always stood up for the underdogs, the down-trodden…we've been there, we've lived it."

The Unsatisfied are planning a benefit concert for this Winter with a regional or national headliner, local rockers Mighty Side Show have also made a tentative commitment to take part. A benefit CD with previously unreleased material by The Unsatisfied is also under negotiation. All proceeds from the concert and CD will go directly to Chattanooga Room in the Inn. Erin Creel, Executive Director for CRITI said, "We're very excited about this opportunity and would like to thank The Unsatisfied for choosing CRITI as the beneficiary."

For more information, please visit: www.facebook.com/theunsatisfied. - puregrainaudio.com


Antidote Records has released a 12 track gem with Chattanooga Tennessee's own Unsatisfied... The music on this this is 100% Southern Punk Rawk.... Guaranteed to please and satisfy anyone's need for kick ass punk rock. Clever lyrics combined with great vocals make this CD a must buy...Stand out tracks are "The Bitten Hand" (which coincidentally was the most requested tune in the TN College Radio), "Dominant Divinity", "My Utopia Is Turning To Shit" and of course "The Way To Crumbs"..... This CD is getting thumbs up from Iggy Pop, Cheetah Chrome, Sylvain Sylvain , David Bowie and Punk Globe...... - PUNKGLOBE.COM


The Lovin' is the first single off Songs the Belt Taught Us the new album by The Unsatisfied. The song is reminiscent of teen angst as championed by The Buzzcocks. To me, The Lovin' is a perfect summer song, as it bops along only to stop for a Husker Du-esque guitar solo, then ends with the refrain. Well done lads, every time I spin the tune it places a smile on my face. - RateYourMusic.com


The Lovin' is the first single off Songs the Belt Taught Us the new album by The Unsatisfied. The song is reminiscent of teen angst as championed by The Buzzcocks. To me, The Lovin' is a perfect summer song, as it bops along only to stop for a Husker Du-esque guitar solo, then ends with the refrain. Well done lads, every time I spin the tune it places a smile on my face. - RateYourMusic.com



The Unsatisfied Release New Concept Video Shot on iPhones

Chattanooga's punk icons, The Unsatisfied are releasing their new video for 'Apocalypse of Joan' from their fourth independent CD 'Songs the Belt taught Us" (Shame records). This is the first official video release from the album that came out in late Spring of 2011. The video will be available on The Unsatisfied's YouTube Channel and the single will be available on the band's website to download for FREE beginning November, 25 (Black Friday).The 'Apocalypse of Joan' video was recorded entirely on two Apple iPhones and presents The Unsatisfied in their weirdest endeavor to date. Complete with such imagery as blood-dripping zombies and semi-subliminal flashes of ghosts, the group performs amid the remnants of a post-apocalyptic world. " The iPhones give it that grainy, over-driven 8mm look", said Johnny Stockman, guitarist and Director of the video. "It's Salvador Dali meets Bela Lugosi with a rock'n'roll soundtrack", states vocalist Eric Scealf.After years of comparison to Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop and Jane's Addiction, The Unsatisfied have held their own once again, proving that with a little technology and a lot of creativity the underground can be truly groundbreaking.

To Watch the Video: Apocalypse of Joan - YouTube?
For Your Free Download of the Song go to: www.theunsatisfied.net/store

For Advance Review Copies: theunsatisfied@gmail.com
- iPhoneForums.net


The Unsatisfied raw, high energy, rock & roll meets dangerous punk rock with precision. A complete package; a genuine American punk act with so much energy & spectacle on stage it’s like being hit by a rock and roll lighting bolt.

Out of the frustrated underground punk culture of the South, comes The Unsatisfied. Front-man Eric Scealf started the group in 1986. Weathering years of personnel issues, equipment breakdowns and the ever changing music business, they are better than ever. They’re like a well-oiled machine that explodes on to the stage in the tradition of The Who, The Cramps, and The Ramones. This is the music your momma warned you about.

This true blood and glitter operation has toured for many years across the southeast and beyond, sharing the stage with such luminaries as the Misfits, Sylvain Sylvain (New York Dolls), Cheetah Chrome (Dead Boys), Dave Brockie Experience (GWAR), The Murder Junkies, Superdrag, Asphalt Blaster, Georgia Satellites, and Nashville Pussy. Even touring multiple times with HBO’s Real Sex most dangerous rock band, The Impotent Sea Snakes. Playing everywhere from the hallowed stage of CBGB’s in New York, to performing at southern skate parks for underage fans, The Unsatisfied always serves up healthy portions of faith and fire for punk rock aficionados.

“Songs the Belt Taught Us” is the newest CD from The Unsatisfied. It was recorded at Revolution Sound with Mike Pack engineering and helping the band produce and finished at Chase Park Transduction in Athens, GA with mixing by David Barbe (Bob Mould, DriveByTruckers) and mastering by Drew Vandenberg (WidespreadPanic, DriveByTruckers). It was released April 27th 2011. It has since been lauded by reviewers nation wide as one of the “best albums of the year…”. “Songs the Belt Taught Us” is also featured on Pandora.

The Unsatisfied is not your average rock band. They may be hard, but they’re more rhythmic than James Brown and embody the sensuality of Prince. It’s punk rock infused with jazz beats and sexual angst, you owe it to yourself to see The Unsatisfied live. Prepare yourself for the Southern music scene’s most whispered dirty secret, The Unsatisfied…

Band Members:

Eric Scealf – Lead Vocals
Johnny Stockman – Guitar
Doug Bales – Drums
E.T. – Bass, Backing Vocals
Joel Hastings – Guitar - World United Music


I don't know where they got the title "Ambition Withdraw"-- the filmmaker says it means "a force to rock, a form of mental illness"--but this little movie out of Chattanooga is so good that it receives my highest compliment: I have no idea exactly what it is.
It's part documentary, part dream vision, part music video, part goofy late-night horror-host commentary, and it's packed with hard-driving wild-as-a-bat southern punk rock by the greatest band you've never heard of, The Unsatisfied.
The movie includes fifteen years of footage--although most of it was shot during the past two years--and it tells the story of one of those desperate-to-make-it bands that never makes it but keeps going because the band members eventually decide it would be impossible not to, because it's the only thing that makes them feel fully alive. The lead singer, Eric Scealf, makes himself up like a lipsticked mascara-ed bodybuilder hillbilly who's a sort of cross between Ichabod Crane and Eric Rudolph, and then he goes berserk on stage singing acrobatically about dead- end lives and cursed destinies.
In real life, Scealf is a father of two, married for 12 years, who lives in the little town of Cleveland, Tennessee, and takes care of wolves in a wildlife habitat for a living. The five-member band plays in half-empty bars that don't pay them enough money to cover their expenses, and they waste years fighting various demons, notably alcohol, but there's a certain purity about the way they attack their music that results in a regional reputation and something approaching godhead among the people who know them personally.
The film was directed and produced by Jason Eustice, a filmmaker from the Chattanooga suburb of Hixson who has won several awards for music videos and on-the-cheap features, but this one is a quirky masterpiece. The only thing that doesn't work about it is the "Dr. Gangrene" horror-host framing device, which is too over-the-top for the raw reality of the concert footage and the straight-to-camera interviews as band members go about their daily lives of mowing lawns, dealing with crying children, working a liquor distribution route, or playing Lynyrd Skynyrd songs over and over again at roadhouses packed with drunk rednecks.
As Tennessee hometown boys, they could be anybody. You wouldn't really notice them if they happened to be sitting at the next bar stool. But when they play, the intensity is amazing, and the theatrics of Scealf are electrifying. The band goes through quite a few stages in 15 years--from big hair to full makeup to just a little lipliner and gender-confused showing off--but the music stays hard-edged, raw and massively unsettling. They don't do shows so much as psychodramas.
"I think the music's cursed me," says Scealf at one point, as he lifts weights and reminisces about the neighbor who dressed him up as Liza Minnelli when he was a little boy, "but I think it's also saved me."
One of the most revealing moments occurs when the band is loading up an old van for a gig in Nashville, and someone asks Scealf if he's ever played Nashville before. Yes, he says. And what was it like? "Empty," he says, with a wry grin. Then a frown crosses his face and he feels like he has to explain. "You do it for yourself," he says. "You do it to nurture your soul. You do it cause you have to do it."
At other times, though, he talks about the "reality" of what they're doing, part of what he calls "Celtic culture"--which is definitely alive in those mountains of East Tennessee--and the troubadour tradition. "Every fucking bit of it is fucking real," he says. "It's not fun, and it wasn't supposed to be. Scar! It's a scar! If you are disillusioned, you are my crowd, my people."
One of the most poignant parts of the movie involves drummer Dave Shenk, who has a better job than everyone else and a bigger house--and a drinking problem. When he doesn't show up for "practice" one too many times, they have to get rid of him, but it rips everyone's heart out.
I would have liked more music in the movie. You just get a taste of what the band is capable of, and it makes your hair stand on end. There's an urgency to it, and a surrender. "We're done with trying to candy-coat it," says Scealf in an interview with Chattanooga deejay Plasmaboy. Cut to the next show, where the shirtless wild-eyed troubadour of Appalachia is screaming, "I'm gonna kill myself now for this much [putting his thumb and forefinger together] fucking recognition from you people."

And he does. For the sound of one hand clapping.

You gotta see this one. It's about artists.
- Uncle Torture Magazine


Storyline
The band The Unsatisfied are profiled in "Ambition Withdraw" is an award winning epic documentary, which follows 15 years of the band's career. The Unsatisfied (best described as a talented and intense alternative indie party-rock/glam-gothic punk recording act, from Chattanooga, Tenn, U.S.A.) is the super-sonic creation of the charismatic lead singer/composer (and actor): Eric Scealf, whose tenacious ambitions are the basis for the rockumentary. Scealf's goal is for his band to make it huge internationally, but, as 15 + years wear on, time, age and family commitment wear on the not-so-young band members(who are constantly getting ever older than their market audience), but who's hard-edged musical bent are really more artistic and spiritual than commercial. The Unsatisfied's struggle for recognition, makes for a fascinating story. The doc assembles current and vintage concert footage... Written by Tony 'Tex' Watt - The Internet Movie Database


I'd like to commend The Sheraton Atlanta Hotel for hosting a surprise party this past weekend for a soldier home on leave. It's nice to know that in these times of corporate culpability that some giants truly fulfill their roles and reach out to the public and more importantly to our men and women in uniform. The party was for Sgt. Michael Watson, of Dalton, Ga.

I am a member of the rock group The Unsatisfied. Earlier, Sgt. Watson contacted us during his second deployment, asking how he could get our music. A shipment of CDs and other items was sent to Sgt. Watson and the 18th Infantry. We stayed in touch and became friends.

Heather, the sergeant's wife, contacted us a few weeks ago to say they'd be in Atlanta Thanksgiving weekend and wanted to set up a surprise meet and greet with Sgt. Watson. With a couple of phone calls the good people in the Sheraton marketing department gave us the use of the hotel's Fandangle's Lounge. The staff couldn't have been more accommodating to us and Sgt. Watson's family.

Thank you, Katie and The Sheraton Atlanta staff.

DOUG BALES - Chattanooga Times-FreePress


The Unsatisfied Release New Concept Video Shot on iPhones

Chattanooga's punk icons, The Unsatisfied are releasing their new video for 'Apocalypse of Joan' from their fourth independent CD 'Songs the Belt taught Us" (Shame records). This is the first official video release from the album that came out in late Spring of 2011. The video will be available on The Unsatisfied's YouTube Channel and the single will be available on the band's website to download for FREE beginning November, 25 (Black Friday).The 'Apocalypse of Joan' video was recorded entirely on two Apple iPhones and presents The Unsatisfied in their weirdest endeavor to date. Complete with such imagery as blood-dripping zombies and semi-subliminal flashes of ghosts, the group performs amid the remnants of a post-apocalyptic world. " The iPhones give it that grainy, over-driven 8mm look", said Johnny Stockman, guitarist and Director of the video. "It's Salvador Dali meets Bela Lugosi with a rock'n'roll soundtrack", states vocalist Eric Scealf.After years of comparison to Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop and Jane's Addiction, The Unsatisfied have held their own once again, proving that with a little technology and a lot of creativity the underground can be truly groundbreaking.

To Watch the Video: Apocalypse of Joan - YouTube?
For Your Free Download of the Song go to: www.theunsatisfied.net/store
- iPodTouch Support Blog


New York, NY (Top40 Charts/ Shame Records / Unsatisfied Official Website) After pummeling Southern sub-cultures for more than two decades The Unsatisfied are breaking out of the underground with the world-wide release of their new, full length CD "Songs the Belt Taught Us". Their 4th independant release, this album features 14 tracks of relentless, in-your-face rock that swings seamlessly between genresand destroys traditional boundries. Thundering, hypnotic rhythms surmounted by spiraling, screaming guitars and sensual yet directvocals that throb with urgency. The unsatisfied seemsto embody all that is good about rock music with their own brand of Southern-Glam-Punk.
"Songs the Belt Taught Us" will be released April 27th with a national radio campaign beginning on April 11th. Physical CD's and electronic downloads will be available at www.theunsatisfied.com. MP3 downloads will be available on iTunes.com, AmazonMP3.com, Napster.com, plus hundreds of other internet outlets.
Artists: The Unsatisfied
Title: "Songs the Belt Taught Us"
Release date: April 27, 2011
National radio campaign: Loggins Promotions
In-store play copies available
In-store artist appearances available

"Songs the Belt Taught Us" tracklist
01. Intro
02. The Rupture
03. Blasphemers
04. The Lovin'
05. You Don't Know Me
06. Into the Gash
07. The Kids of Forever
08. Wives
09. Morbius
10. 3 Cops in a Week
11. 10 Inch Waist
12. She'll Kiss the Fire
13. Apocalypse of Joan
14. Blackie No-Tomorrow
- Top40-Charts.com


Kick-ass cacophony of manic meltdown...catchy title, and the "album" title is inspired! I need a lyric sheet for the words...(just like for the Stones! lol)...but the vocals wail like another guitar..."I was schooled with? a strap right across my back" was always a favorite line from a favorite song (Jumpin' Jack Flash)...this album title "takes it to another LEVEL" as they say...the music certainly fits this song.. Apocalyptic!!
!
ggraling 2 hours ago - You-Tube Subscriber Review


I don't know where they got the title "Ambition Withdraw"-- the filmmaker says it means "a force to rock, a form of mental illness"--but this little movie out of Chattanooga is so good that it receives my highest compliment: I have no idea exactly what it is.

It's part documentary, part dream vision, part music video, part goofy late-night horror-host commentary, and it's packed with hard-driving wild-as-a-bat southern punk rock by the greatest band you've never heard of, The Unsatisfied.

The movie includes fifteen years of footage--although most of it was shot during the past two years--and it tells the story of one of those desperate-to-make-it bands that never makes it but keeps going because the band members eventually decide it would be impossible not to, because it's the only thing that makes them feel fully alive. The lead singer, Eric Scealf, makes himself up like a lipsticked mascaraed bodybuilder hillbilly who's a sort of cross between Ichabod Crane and Eric Rudolph, and then he goes berserk on stage singing acrobatically about dead- end lives and cursed destinies.

In real life, Scealf is a father of two, married for 12 years, who lives in the little town of Cleveland, Tennessee, and takes care of wolves in a wildlife habitat for a living. The five-member band plays in half-empty bars that don't pay them enough money to cover their expenses, and they waste years fighting various demons, notably alcohol, but there's a certain purity about the way they attack their music that results in a regional reputation and something approaching godhead among the people who know them personally.

The film was directed and produced by Jason Eustice, a filmmaker from the Chattanooga suburb of Hixson who has won several awards for music videos and on-the-cheap features, but this one is a quirky masterpiece. The only thing that doesn't work about it is the "Dr. Gangrene" horror-host framing device, which is too over-the-top for the raw reality of the concert footage and the straight-to-camera interviews as band members go about their daily lives of mowing lawns, dealing with crying children, working a liquor distribution route, or playing Lynyrd Skynyrd songs over and over again at roadhouses packed with drunk rednecks.

Eric Scealf, lead singer and guru of The Unsatisfied As Tennessee hometown boys, they could be anybody. You wouldn't really notice them if they happened to be sitting at the next bar stool. But when they play, the intensity is amazing, and the theatrics of Scealf are electrifying. The band goes through quite a few stages in 15 years--from big hair to full makeup to just a little lipliner and gender-confused showing off--but the music stays hard-edged, raw and massively unsettling. They don't do shows so much as psychodramas.

"I think the music's cursed me," says Scealf at one point, as he lifts weights and reminisces about the neighbor who dressed him up as Liza Minnelli when he was a little boy, "but I think it's also saved me."

One of the most revealing moments occurs when the band is loading up an old van for a gig in Nashville, and someone asks Scealf if he's ever played Nashville before. Yes, he says. And what was it like? "Empty," he says, with a wry grin. Then a frown crosses his face and he feels like he has to explain. "You do it for yourself," he says. "You do it to nurture your soul. You do it cause you have to do it."

At other times, though, he talks about the "reality" of what they're doing, part of what he calls "Celtic culture"--which is definitely alive in those mountains of East Tennessee--and the troubadour tradition. "Every f---ing bit of it is f---ing real," he says. "It's not fun, and it wasn't supposed to be. Scar! It's a scar! If you are disillusioned, you are my crowd, my people."

One of the most poignant parts of the movie involves drummer Dave Shenk, who has a better job than everyone else and a bigger house--and a drinking problem. When he doesn't show up for "practice" one too many times, they have to get rid of him, but it rips everyone's heart out.

I would have liked more music in the movie. You just get a taste of what the band is capable of, and it makes your hair stand on end. There's an urgency to it, and a surrender. "We're done with trying to candy-coat it," says Scealf in an interview with Chattanooga deejay Plasmaboy. Cut to the next show, where the shirtless wild-eyed troubadour of Appalachia is screaming, "I'm gonna kill myself now for this much [putting his thumb and forefinger together] f---ing recognition from you people."

And he does. For the sound of one hand clapping.

You gotta see this one. It's about artists.

The drive-in totals:

Three dead bodies. One hunchback gimp with a lantern.

Zombies. Nekkid punkers. Lots of live concert footage, including one scene where Scealf, grinning like a kid in a candy store, sings with The Misfits. Slamdancing. Party footage. Stage destruction. Graveyard dancing. Headbanging. - joebobbriggs.com


I don't know where they got the title "Ambition Withdraw"-- the filmmaker says it means "a force to rock, a form of mental illness"--but this little movie out of Chattanooga is so good that it receives my highest compliment: I have no idea exactly what it is.

It's part documentary, part dream vision, part music video, part goofy late-night horror-host commentary, and it's packed with hard-driving wild-as-a-bat southern punk rock by the greatest band you've never heard of, The Unsatisfied.

The movie includes fifteen years of footage--although most of it was shot during the past two years--and it tells the story of one of those desperate-to-make-it bands that never makes it but keeps going because the band members eventually decide it would be impossible not to, because it's the only thing that makes them feel fully alive. The lead singer, Eric Scealf, makes himself up like a lipsticked mascaraed bodybuilder hillbilly who's a sort of cross between Ichabod Crane and Eric Rudolph, and then he goes berserk on stage singing acrobatically about dead- end lives and cursed destinies.

In real life, Scealf is a father of two, married for 12 years, who lives in the little town of Cleveland, Tennessee, and takes care of wolves in a wildlife habitat for a living. The five-member band plays in half-empty bars that don't pay them enough money to cover their expenses, and they waste years fighting various demons, notably alcohol, but there's a certain purity about the way they attack their music that results in a regional reputation and something approaching godhead among the people who know them personally.

The film was directed and produced by Jason Eustice, a filmmaker from the Chattanooga suburb of Hixson who has won several awards for music videos and on-the-cheap features, but this one is a quirky masterpiece. The only thing that doesn't work about it is the "Dr. Gangrene" horror-host framing device, which is too over-the-top for the raw reality of the concert footage and the straight-to-camera interviews as band members go about their daily lives of mowing lawns, dealing with crying children, working a liquor distribution route, or playing Lynyrd Skynyrd songs over and over again at roadhouses packed with drunk rednecks.

Eric Scealf, lead singer and guru of The Unsatisfied As Tennessee hometown boys, they could be anybody. You wouldn't really notice them if they happened to be sitting at the next bar stool. But when they play, the intensity is amazing, and the theatrics of Scealf are electrifying. The band goes through quite a few stages in 15 years--from big hair to full makeup to just a little lipliner and gender-confused showing off--but the music stays hard-edged, raw and massively unsettling. They don't do shows so much as psychodramas.

"I think the music's cursed me," says Scealf at one point, as he lifts weights and reminisces about the neighbor who dressed him up as Liza Minnelli when he was a little boy, "but I think it's also saved me."

One of the most revealing moments occurs when the band is loading up an old van for a gig in Nashville, and someone asks Scealf if he's ever played Nashville before. Yes, he says. And what was it like? "Empty," he says, with a wry grin. Then a frown crosses his face and he feels like he has to explain. "You do it for yourself," he says. "You do it to nurture your soul. You do it cause you have to do it."

At other times, though, he talks about the "reality" of what they're doing, part of what he calls "Celtic culture"--which is definitely alive in those mountains of East Tennessee--and the troubadour tradition. "Every f---ing bit of it is f---ing real," he says. "It's not fun, and it wasn't supposed to be. Scar! It's a scar! If you are disillusioned, you are my crowd, my people."

One of the most poignant parts of the movie involves drummer Dave Shenk, who has a better job than everyone else and a bigger house--and a drinking problem. When he doesn't show up for "practice" one too many times, they have to get rid of him, but it rips everyone's heart out.

I would have liked more music in the movie. You just get a taste of what the band is capable of, and it makes your hair stand on end. There's an urgency to it, and a surrender. "We're done with trying to candy-coat it," says Scealf in an interview with Chattanooga deejay Plasmaboy. Cut to the next show, where the shirtless wild-eyed troubadour of Appalachia is screaming, "I'm gonna kill myself now for this much [putting his thumb and forefinger together] f---ing recognition from you people."

And he does. For the sound of one hand clapping.

You gotta see this one. It's about artists.

The drive-in totals:

Three dead bodies. One hunchback gimp with a lantern.

Zombies. Nekkid punkers. Lots of live concert footage, including one scene where Scealf, grinning like a kid in a candy store, sings with The Misfits. Slamdancing. Party footage. Stage destruction. Graveyard dancing. Headbanging. - joebobbriggs.com




THE UNSATISFIED
Satisfaction is Guaranteed!
by Jonathan Williams
Photos by Chuck B.
Tattoos Courtesy of Skin Graphix Tattoo
Sponsored by PRICK and Fuel TV


The Unsatisfied are Chris Cameron, Wayne Shadwick, Eric Scleaf, Damien Lawless
and Johnny Stockman.


When it comes to Chattanooga's legendary glam punk icons The Unsatisfied, nothing is less than 100%. From their onstage energy to their offstage authenticity, vocalist Eric Scealf, guitarists Johnny Stockman and Wayne Shadwick, bassist Damien Ledford, and drummer David Schenk are more than just members of The Unsatisfied - they are The Unsatisfied and they have the physical and emotional battle scars to prove it. Having been performing in various incarnations for the past 15 years, just the fact that The Unsatisfied are still doing what they do is proof that rock 'n' roll is more than just a hobby for them - it's a passion and a lifestyle that they live on and off stage.

Over the years, The Unsatisfied have developed a reputation for combining the energy and stage presence of Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper, the Doors, and the Rolling Stones with an inescapable southern flavor. Whether he's doing the Poison-inspired leather pants and androgynous makeup thing or the leopard-print dress with fishnets and whiteface ensemble, frontman Eric Scealf knows how to bring back a sense of what he likes to call "what is it?" that has been missing from rock 'n' roll since the days of The Cramps, David Bowie, and the New York Dolls. And perhaps it's his love for gory horror films and fascination with the occult (he even has pet wolves in his backyard), or just a desire to always shock his audiences that inspires Eric to add violent twists to his performances by occasionally cutting himself with glass a la G.G. Allin and Marilyn Manson.



Singer Eric Scleaf gets a tattoo makeover by
Aaron Favaloro of Skin Graphix as the Fuel TV
camera man captures the action.

Chuck B. with Chris Braliegh of Fuel TV.


The only reason we've never done a full feature on The Unsatisfied is because they have been lacking in tattoos. Sure, some of them have tattoos, but most of them are jailhouse quality and faded to the point of near invisibility. Having played a few PRICK parties in Atlanta, The Unsatisfied have been a longtime favorite of the PRICK staff, so we decided to get them some quality tattoos just so we could do a feature on them.

Thanks to the folks at Skin Graphix Tattoo Studio in Hixson, Tenn., Eric and Johnny were able to get the tattoos they needed in order for us to give them the story they deserve. And not only was PRICK on hand to document this historic event, but it was also being recorded for an upcoming Fuel TV airing on Chattanooga's WB affiliate.

For Johnny, this was an opportunity to get the tattoo he's been wanting to get for about ten years. Although he's never been under the needle before, Johnny's had plans to get his self-designed tribal backpiece, but never had a chance to actually make the commitment. Eric, on the other hand, already had a Grim Reaper on his left arm with the name of an ex-girlfriend inscribed above it. Luckily for Eric and his wife, Lysa, the Reaper was touched-up and a banner was added above it to bury the ex-girlfriend's name under Lysa's name.

For The Unsatisfied, getting new tattoos is just another day in the life of an underground living legend in the rock world. In addition to their latest CD Seven Inch Rock Scar , featuring the darker, Bauhaus-gone-punk "Occultist," the self-deprecating "White Trash," and "Fell Into a Hole," which was penned by Eric's adolescent daughter Destiny Surreal, The Unsatisfied are also finishing up a rockumentary/horror film entitled Ambition Withdraw to be released by New Planet Pictures in the near future.

Although Eric normally holds the microphone with his right hand, allowing his left hand to be the "limp wrist" hand, you can bet that he'll be showing off his left arm when The Unsatisfied perform at PRICK's 2nd Anniversary Party at 9 Lives Saloon in Atlanta on November 2, 2002 with Vagrant, Flathead Mike & the Mercurys and Rev. Larry & the SupperSinners. This is also the 16th Birthday Bash for the Unsatisified.

The Unsatisfied will also be performing:
October 10, 2002 at the Nashville New Music Conference.

November 6, 2002 @ The Bay in Chattanooga Tenn with THE MISFITS
November 7, 2002 @ The Masquerade (Atlanta) with THE MISFITS
- Prick Magazine




THE UNSATISFIED
Satisfaction is Guaranteed!
by Jonathan Williams
Photos by Chuck B.
Tattoos Courtesy of Skin Graphix Tattoo
Sponsored by PRICK and Fuel TV


The Unsatisfied are Chris Cameron, Wayne Shadwick, Eric Scleaf, Damien Lawless
and Johnny Stockman.


When it comes to Chattanooga's legendary glam punk icons The Unsatisfied, nothing is less than 100%. From their onstage energy to their offstage authenticity, vocalist Eric Scealf, guitarists Johnny Stockman and Wayne Shadwick, bassist Damien Ledford, and drummer David Schenk are more than just members of The Unsatisfied - they are The Unsatisfied and they have the physical and emotional battle scars to prove it. Having been performing in various incarnations for the past 15 years, just the fact that The Unsatisfied are still doing what they do is proof that rock 'n' roll is more than just a hobby for them - it's a passion and a lifestyle that they live on and off stage.

Over the years, The Unsatisfied have developed a reputation for combining the energy and stage presence of Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper, the Doors, and the Rolling Stones with an inescapable southern flavor. Whether he's doing the Poison-inspired leather pants and androgynous makeup thing or the leopard-print dress with fishnets and whiteface ensemble, frontman Eric Scealf knows how to bring back a sense of what he likes to call "what is it?" that has been missing from rock 'n' roll since the days of The Cramps, David Bowie, and the New York Dolls. And perhaps it's his love for gory horror films and fascination with the occult (he even has pet wolves in his backyard), or just a desire to always shock his audiences that inspires Eric to add violent twists to his performances by occasionally cutting himself with glass a la G.G. Allin and Marilyn Manson.



Singer Eric Scleaf gets a tattoo makeover by
Aaron Favaloro of Skin Graphix as the Fuel TV
camera man captures the action.

Chuck B. with Chris Braliegh of Fuel TV.


The only reason we've never done a full feature on The Unsatisfied is because they have been lacking in tattoos. Sure, some of them have tattoos, but most of them are jailhouse quality and faded to the point of near invisibility. Having played a few PRICK parties in Atlanta, The Unsatisfied have been a longtime favorite of the PRICK staff, so we decided to get them some quality tattoos just so we could do a feature on them.

Thanks to the folks at Skin Graphix Tattoo Studio in Hixson, Tenn., Eric and Johnny were able to get the tattoos they needed in order for us to give them the story they deserve. And not only was PRICK on hand to document this historic event, but it was also being recorded for an upcoming Fuel TV airing on Chattanooga's WB affiliate.

For Johnny, this was an opportunity to get the tattoo he's been wanting to get for about ten years. Although he's never been under the needle before, Johnny's had plans to get his self-designed tribal backpiece, but never had a chance to actually make the commitment. Eric, on the other hand, already had a Grim Reaper on his left arm with the name of an ex-girlfriend inscribed above it. Luckily for Eric and his wife, Lysa, the Reaper was touched-up and a banner was added above it to bury the ex-girlfriend's name under Lysa's name.

For The Unsatisfied, getting new tattoos is just another day in the life of an underground living legend in the rock world. In addition to their latest CD Seven Inch Rock Scar , featuring the darker, Bauhaus-gone-punk "Occultist," the self-deprecating "White Trash," and "Fell Into a Hole," which was penned by Eric's adolescent daughter Destiny Surreal, The Unsatisfied are also finishing up a rockumentary/horror film entitled Ambition Withdraw to be released by New Planet Pictures in the near future.

Although Eric normally holds the microphone with his right hand, allowing his left hand to be the "limp wrist" hand, you can bet that he'll be showing off his left arm when The Unsatisfied perform at PRICK's 2nd Anniversary Party at 9 Lives Saloon in Atlanta on November 2, 2002 with Vagrant, Flathead Mike & the Mercurys and Rev. Larry & the SupperSinners. This is also the 16th Birthday Bash for the Unsatisified.

The Unsatisfied will also be performing:
October 10, 2002 at the Nashville New Music Conference.

November 6, 2002 @ The Bay in Chattanooga Tenn with THE MISFITS
November 7, 2002 @ The Masquerade (Atlanta) with THE MISFITS
- Prick Magazine


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In Print 12/15/2010 - The Pulse


November 02, 2007

They can't get no satisfaction, but their audience can

A brief time-out from politics and elections ensues:

Leticia Wolf's latest Pulse column takes us to a place I haven't been for a few name changes — you know, that place on MLK that used to be Jacob's Ladder, and before that, Chameleon, and before that, something else...and in another sense, her article takes me to a place I haven't been since I first came to the Chattanooga area in 1989.

The year was — oh, right, I already said that. It was October, I think; Fall, anyway. Being new to town, I had no idea what went on around here musically. As I was just under 21, I hadn't yet discovered a place called "Yesterdays" and its legions of fraternity brothers and its mediocre cover bands. A friend had invited me to an outdoor, free concert of "alternative" music, which sounded good to me.

I think it was my first trip to downtown Chattanooga. Remember: back then, downtown was still in the early stages of its rebirth. This whole town seemed to be focused on Hamilton Place as a mecca of some sort. (What were y'all thinking?) Anyway, I found Miller Plaza to be an enticing urban feature, and the alternative mini-festival I attended on that drizzly, cool Saturday afternoon seemed to bode well for my (temporary, I thought) stay in this area. How often does one see a guy dressed exactly like Robert Smith walking around in broad daylight, in this region of the country?

Some of the bands were forgettable. In fact, as I wrack my brain trying to remember eighteen (gulp) years ago, I can't remember very many at all. There was a Living Colour-esque group of funk-rockers, an older folkie from Asheville who sang derogatorily about then-Senator Jesse Helms, and there were others.

But the one band I have never forgotten is The Unsatisfied. Their lineup has changed pretty extensively over the years, so we're really talking about frontman Eric Scealf. He was — and, according to Leticia, is — an electrifying showman. The other band members at that time? I wouldn't know where to begin, except that the lead guitarist was a woman. That stood out to me. And that she played blisteringly loud, fast punk-metal riffs, and was thus, in my young mind, amazingly hot based on that fact alone (and was not that hard on the eyes, either). (My friend, to whom I confided this instant micro-crush, told me to relax, that she wasn't into dudes. I have no idea whether or not he said so with any authority on the matter, lest someone thinks I am attempting any gossip or slander.)

But, yes. The Unsatisfied. They were the highlight of the evening, for sure. And, though I don't get out much these days, I'm glad they're still out there highlighting other evenings.

Here's a question, though: with all the tourist-friendly gentrification that's gone on downtown, how likely would it be that one could catch this band on a Saturday evening in Miller Plaza today? And another question: whatever happened to that festival?
- Tennesseeticket.com


Posted on Friday Mar 5th at 2:04am
THE UNSATISFIED are proud to support the Indie Horror Flick 'ROT: REUNION OF TERROR'. The movie soundtrack contains several tracks from THE UNSATISFIED as well as a full length music video in the Special Features section. Being released on DVD Tuesday, March 9th, 2010, 'ROT: REUNION Of TERROR' will be available to add to your Netflix and Blockbuster.com queues; plus it will be available for sale at Amazon, Walmart.com, Target.com, BarnesAndNoble.com - basically - all of your favourite stores.

The story follows a group of friends who've gathered for a reunion party at a secluded hunting cabin. Little do they know, a deranged killer has targeted them. As the night progresses, a secret is uncovered which reveals one of the most controversial and brutal endings in cinematic history.

Shot in high definition in Los Angeles by cult-Florida filmmaker MICHAEL A. HOFFMAN; 'ROT' re-defines the classic 80's slasher as it pays homage to 'PROM NIGHT', 'FRIDAY THE 13th' and films of yore.

Having been long-delayed after it's run on Pay Per View for almost a year and a half, the DVD release of the controversial film includes:
The Unrated Cut (featuring more nudity than was on Pay Per View and overseas releases)
A 16x9 enhanced transfer (re-mastered from a pristine HD source)
Audio Commentary
3 Making-Of Featurettes
3 Music Videos
Deleted Scenes
Blooper Reel
Now you can see the movie that caused a stir as it traveled the convention circuit and with distributors nationwide and finally discover the secret!!!

Here are some quotes from critics:

"4 stars...The perfect 80's slasher" - Rogue Cinema

"Frightening and shocking...I really want you to see this film" - FilmArcarde.Net

"If I could summarize ("ROT") in three words they would be 'mood, mood, mood'...I haven't felt as unnerved as this in years" - Killer Reviews

"Not your run of the mill typical indie horror...I was pleasantly surprised" - Terror Hook

"Nerve wracking...I'm not sure we've ever seen an ending quite like this one" - Pop Culture Beast

"I love who-done it films of the 80's. Why did they go away? Well in "ROT" we are brought back to the time when horror was done right. I highly recommend it" - Scared Stiff Reviews

- Pure Rock Radio


Ambition Withdraw
Directed by Jason Eustice
www.ambitionwithdraw.com
Shot over a fifteen-year period, Ambition Withdraw unleashes to the world the most dangerous rock band, The Unsatisfied. For the first time ever, the legendary sounds of The Unsatisfied can be heard throughout horrific dream sequences and documentary footage. This film reflects the reality of pursuing an unstoppable hunger and the drive of human spirit, while showing triumph’s continual downfall. Ambition Withdraw goes well beyond the average rockumentary by exposing the unglamorous side of real life: working, touring and raising a family. It also shows the determination of dealing with disappointments and disasters, as well as the drive--the drive that enslaves them to perform rock and roll. - Backseat Film Festival


Chattanooga, TN-GA (1888PressRelease) May 08, 2011 -
Underground rockers The Unsatisfied debuted at #33 this week on New Music Weekly's AC/Hot AC Main Chart (publication date 5/6/11). Their new single The Lovin' from the album 'Songs the Belt Taught Us' has also been targeted as a stress track.

The track also climbed to #12 on the AC/Hot AC Top 30 Indie Chart, up from #17 last week with 288 spins.
'Songs the Belt Taught Us' was released April 27th and is available at www.theunsatisfied.net/store as well as iTunes, Amazon.mp3, Napster and hundreds of other online stores.

The Unsatisfied are currently gearing up for a series of live dates throughout the Spring and Summer starting with a CD Release Party in Chattanooga on May 7 at Sluggo's North.

Contact: theunsatisfied ( @ ) gmail dot com
CDs etc: www.theunsatisfied.net/store

### - 1888 Press Release



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The Unsatisfied JUNE 27TH 2011
Biography

The Unsatisfied; raw, high energy, rock & roll meets dangerous punk rock with precision. A complete package; a genuine American punk act with so much energy & spectacle on stage it's like being hit by a rock and roll lighting bolt.

Out of the frustrated underground punk culture of the South, comes The Unsatisfied. Front-man Eric Scealf started the group in 1986. Weathering years of personnel issues, equipment breakdowns and the ever changing music business, they are better than ever. They’re like a well-oiled machine that explodes on to the stage in the tradition of The Who, The Cramps, and The Ramones. This is the music your momma warned you about.


This true blood and glitter operation has toured for many years across the southeast and beyond, sharing the stage with such luminaries as the Misfits, Sylvain Sylvain (New York Dolls), Cheetah Chrome (Dead Boys), Dave Brockie Experience (GWAR), The Murder Junkies, Superdrag, Asphalt Blaster, Georgia Satellites, and Nashville Pussy. Even touring multiple times with HBO’s Real Sex most dangerous rock band, The Impotent Sea Snakes. Playing everywhere from the hallowed stage of CBGB’s in New York, to performing at southern skate parks for underage fans, The Unsatisfied always serves up healthy portions of faith and fire for punk rock aficionados.



"Songs the Belt Taught Us" is the newest CD from The Unsatisfied. It was recorded at Revolution Sound with Mike Pack engineering and helping the band produce and finished at Chase Park Transduction in Athens, GA with mixing by David Barbe (Bob Mould, DriveByTruckers) and mastering by Drew Vandenberg (WidespreadPanic, DriveByTruckers). It is slated to be released April 27th 2011.


The Unsatisfied is not your average rock band. They may be hard, but they’re more rhythmic than James Brown and embody the sensuality of Prince. It’s punk rock infused with jazz beats and sexual angst, you owe it to yourself to see The Unsatisfied live. Prepare yourself for the Southern music scene's most whispered dirty secret, The Unsatisfied…

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Doug Bales - Drums
Wayne Shadwick - Guitar, Backing Vocals
Johnny Stockman - Guitar
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Unsatisfied Documentary Wins Top Award In Knoxville
posted April 25, 2003

Ambition Withdraw, the Chattanooga-made documentary about Chattanooga band The Unsatisfied, beat out 80 other films to win the Audience Choice Award and received an honorable mention in the Documentary category at the recent ValleyFest Film Festival in Knoxville. At least 700 hundred people attended the festival.

The move and the band appear to be on a roll: In addition to the two awards,
the film has received two excellent reviews outside Chattanooga, publicist Rich Bailey said.

The band has signed a recording contract with Evil Jim Records and will go into the recording studio this spring to record its next album, tentatively titled "The Way to the Crumbs."

According to festival director Donna Maxwell, the Audience Choice award is
the best award a film can win. "If you go to a distributor with an audience award, it tells them that a significant number of people not only wanted to watch the film but thought it was the best they saw," she said.

"A distributor wants to know that people want to watch a film, and that's pretty good evidence."

She praised both the film and the film maker. "I can¹t think of another
documentary that followed a band for so many years and showed its
evolution," she said. "I'm really impressed with Jason Eustice's work and dedication to that project, the time he spent on it and how he chose to structure the film."

The Knoxville alternative weekly newspaper Metro Pulse devoted most of its wrap-up article about ValleyFest to a review of Ambition Withdraw, calling it "a quirky, ambitious, technically impressive, and frequently bizarre film about the 15-year career of a Chattanooga goth-punk-metal-glam band, The
Unsatisfied, and its charismatic lead singer, Eric Scealf."

The reviewer also wrote: "The film, which is at turns startling and
hilarious, nearly makes a rock Œn¹ roll legend of Scealf, a cross-dressing body builder who's known for his manic energy and deliberately shocking stage show... a friendly, approachable guy, maybe a damning flaw for a shock-rocker."

The full Metro Pulse review is at
www.metropulse.com/dir_zine/dir_2003/1316/t_eye.html

Film review web site bonestructure.net said about Ambition
Withdraw: "I can see influences in the film and the band, ranging from
Kenneth Anger and some other 60s experimental film makers to large doses of Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, The Fugs and the Velvet Underground, with maybe a small dash of Motorhead.... Chaotic, surreal and ultimately satisfying, it's not a film you¹re likely to see on PBS.

"This is unlike any other rockumentary you'll have seen. Hosted by Dr. Gangrene introducing it as if it were a horror movie, it tries hard to live up to that.

"The film maker, in an attempt to sculpt the film to compliment the band's angst, has succeeded admirably. Aside from the music, the testimonials, the weirdness, he shows the day jobs, raising kids, supporting a family and problems in the band itself. The part of rock and roll no one likes to talk about. He shows everything, including a few things the band would probably
rather not have shown."

The full BoneStructure.net review is at www.bonestructure.net/ambition.html.



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Eric Scealf remembers the day he decided to become a rock star. He was a student at Brown Middle School. Weeks earlier, his father had been paralyzed in an accident and his uncle had been killed in a separate incident.

Partly to escape reality, he painted a Paul Stanley star on his face and performed a Kiss song during the school's talent show.

"Later, I was photographed with ["Shock Theater's"] Dingbat, and I knew right then I wanted to be a star," he said.

In 1986, he graduated from Central High School, formed The Unsatisfied and started mowing grass. He's been doing both ever since.

"I've never had a boss," Scealf said.

The first drummer in the band was Doug Bales, though his initial tenure was short-lived. Over the years he played with several other bands, including Uncle Lightnin'. Bales rejoined the group six years ago.

The Unsatisfied have toured the country several times over the years, opening for acts such as Iggy Pop and The Misfits, and they've played legendary clubs such as CBGBs in New York.

They've released several demo cassettes and nationally released albums. They have played at most of the live music venues in town over the years and recently did an unplugged set at Hamilton Place to an enthusiastic crowd of shoppers. Last week they were part of the lineup for a benefit show at JJ's Bohemia.

The band recently finished a new CD, "Songs the Belt Taught Us," and are currently shopping it around to labels.

Scealf and Bales sat down over coffee at Greyfriar's earlier this week to talk about the band.

Q. How did The Unsatisfied start?

Scealf: He [Bales] put up a flyer in the old Camelot Records in Hixson. We got in touch and started playing.

Q. I was the original drummer, but I broke my elbow. It took a year to heal, so they found someone else. I came back six years ago.

Scealf: He's the taskmaster and he handles the business stuff. He pays attention and catches everything I miss.

Q. How have you managed to keep the band together for so long?

Scealf: I have know idea, except that I'm addicted to it.

Q. The people that I've interviewed over the years that are still playing music for any length of time have one thing in common. They love doing it. Does that describe you guys?

Scealf: Definitely. I have to do this. It's like when we practice, it's maximum volume, maximum effort, maximum energy. It's like I have X amount of time to do this and I have to give everything I have to The Unsatisfied.

Bales: If you have it inside you, you have to get it out. If you are doing it for the big payoff, don't even pick it up. You're better off going to college.

Q. You guys had kids pretty early on. Was it tough being in a band and having children?

Bales: It's probably why I'm single. Being on the road is tough.

Scealf: It's probably why I'm still married. Because I was on the road. I'm serious. Really, Lysa is the perfect person for this. She's very supportive and has even traveled with us. I told her when we started that she had to accept this because I have to do it.

Q. When will the new record be available?

Bales: We are shopping it right now. It's the best record I've ever had anything to do with.

Scealf: We recorded it here and mixed it in Athens, Georgia. Some of the songs we wrote 10 years ago and some we wrote two years ago. It took about a year and a half to finish.

Q. What is your favorite moment with the band.

Scealf: Opening for the Misfits. Joey Ramone had died the same month. I quit drinking that month too and haven't had a drop since. That night I raised my fist and dedicated 'Smash It Up' by The Damned to Joey Ramone and 1,300 people raised their fists at the same time. It was an awesome moment.

Bales: For me it was hearing the finished master for this CD. It was a long process and stressful and hearing it felt like a huge accomplishment.

Contact Barry Courter at bcourter@timesfreepress.com or at 423-757-6354. - Chattanooga Times-FreePress


The latest release from these veteran punk’n’rollers throws down impressive guitar work with thick, meaty chords and classic rock howls. Switching between sing-along punk and the darker corners of rock, these Southern boys bring together elements of Dead Boys and Alice Cooper. While embodying the epitome of rock’n’roll, song topics range from sex, women, and more women. What did you expect?! Sometimes sounding like two completely different bands, The Unsatisfied can satisfy the listener who craves a little southern gothic with their pogo.

CD - www.razorcake.org


“I was once a student in a punk t-shirt hooked on screwed-up scenarios. That’s how I became the esteemed cultural figure that I am today.” ~ Bruce Sterling

In the days when yours truly was still scouring the ground for four-leafed clovers and blowing bubbles from a plastic wand, there was a kettle of frustration, fear and anxiety brewing among a population of young people all over the world. They thumbed their noses at authority, had extreme hair and led a screaming generation into a new decade. The soundtrack to their movement was music that matched their collective mood. The music was raw—like what one might imagine an exposed nerve ending might sound like; the vocals expressed their societal agony and the lyrics were in-your-face confrontational. If birth is a painful ordeal for the most blessed of events, then punk rock was born of an unwilling mother.

The original independent artists, punk rockers rejected mainstream popular culture and completely disagreed with what qualified as “rock and roll” in those days. It would be nearly another ten years before I heard John Lydon’s reporting vocal, “I don’t believe illusions/’Cos too much is real/So stop your cheap comment/’Cos we know what we feel”, but the larger reverberating message to myself and my fellow Gen-X’ers was still relevant. The music from that cultural movement opened a door that we were meant to walk through.

If the same revolution were taking place today, it would be led by The Unsatisfied. I looked in the most unlikely place possible and I found a punk band, right here in the southeast. Just punk. Pure punk. They don’t try to mainstream it. They don’t try to apologize for it. They don’t try to make it safe for tweens’ tender ears. I can’t describe their album “Songs the Belt Taught Us” in pretty, flowery terms…because those miscreants just trampled my garden.

I never liked that garden. - sonicsouth.net


Today The Unsatisfied frontman Eric Scealf tells us about "The Lovin'" from their brand new album "Songs the Belt Taught Us". Here is the story:
I wrote the riff for this song back in the nineties, and it wound up just kinda stewing on the backburner. The lyrics came about during a rough time in my marriage. My wife Lysa and I have been married for 21 years and she's stuck through all the craziness. A few years back, things were getting a little rough between us. I had a talk with her Dad one day and he said to "forget about that lovin' and take care of your family"...I went home and wrote the song and did some serious thinking. Now everything's great with us again. When she heard the final cut of the recording, she cried...in a good way!

This song is kind of an empowering song for women. The message is that they don't have to take any b.s. from some dude. All those guys out there that think they have women snowed had better pay attention too. What makes you think she won't take a walk on you? Huh?

All that aside, when we perform the song, it's more about the power-pop feel of the whole thing than any heavy messages. The lyrics are there always...maybe they'll help somebody out if they pay attention. But this song is ELECTRIC! It forces you to dance.

We recorded the entire 'Songs the Belt Taught Us' CD with Mike Pack at revolution Sound in our home town Chattanooga, TN. We had it mixed by Dave Barbe at Chase Park Transduction in Athens, GA and mastered by Drew Vandenberg at Chase Park also.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here! - www.anti-music.com


The Unsatisfied are releasing their new video for "Apocalypse Of Joan" from their fourth independent CD 'Songs The Belt Taught Us" (Shame records). This is the first official video release from the album that came out in late Spring of 2011. The video will be available online and the single will be available on the band's website to download for free beginning November, 25th (Black Friday).

The "Apocalypse Of Joan" video was recorded entirely on two Apple iPhones and presents The Unsatisfied in their weirdest endeavor to date. Complete with such imagery as blood-dripping zombies and semi-subliminal flashes of ghosts, the group performs amid the remnants of a post-apocalyptic world. "The iPhones give it that grainy, over-driven 8mm look", said Johnny Stockman, guitarist and Director of the video. "It's Salvador Dali meets Bela Lugosi with a rock'n'roll soundtrack", states vocalist Eric Scealf. After years of comparison to Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop and Jane's Addiction, The Unsatisfied have held their own once again, proving that with a little technology and a lot of creativity the underground can be truly groundbreaking.

For more information, please visit: www.theunsatisfied.com
- puregrainaudio.com


The Unsatisfied
Songs The Belt Taught Us
[Shame]
You don't toil in Chattanooga's rock underground for more than two decades without learning a thing or two about preaching the rock 'n' roll gospel. And on their fourth album, Songs The Belt Taught Us, the Unsatisfied raise some Southern-tinged glam rock hell like never before.

Regulars at such Atlanta dives as the Star Bar and the Clermont Lounge, as well as numerous other venues throughout the Southeast, the Unsatisfied have definitely learned more than a few lessons below the Bible Belt (which is presumably the belt referenced in the album title). From its Shout at the Devil by way of Judas Priest cover art to its amalgamation of rock 'n' roll influences ranging from '70s punk and '80s glam metal to searing Southern rock and Lollapalooza-era alternative rock, Songs The Belt Taught Us is like a crash course in rock history delivered with an urgency typical of bands half the age of most of this band's members.

Leadoff track "The Rupture," a live favorite of the band's fans for a while now, quickly sets the tone with its anthemic angst and scorching dual guitars. "The Lovin'" channels one of the Unsatisfied's more obvious influences, the New York Dolls, with its catchy glam punk sound and piano pounding punch. "Morbius" has a bit of a Guns N' Roses vibe to it while "Three Cops in a Week" channels Jane's Addiction with a slightly Southern drawl. And on "Apocalypse of Joan," with its somewhat darker sound, spastic front man Eric Scealf sounds like a cross between Perry Farrell and Jello Biafra.

Having been on the brink of bigger success for so long, the Unsatisfied has clearly become a labor of love for Scealf and his various bandmates over the years. And even though financial gain and mainstream acceptance have been elusive, the Unsatisfied have definitely persevered through numerous musical fads, personal setbacks, lineup changes and other hardships that would have done most bands in years ago. But Songs The Belt Taught Us is the product of a band that exemplifies the phrase "whatever doesn't kill me only makes me stronger," baring the band's rock 'n' roll heart and soul once again. Though the Unsatisfied would no doubt like to eventually be rewarded for their hard work and musical chops, one lesson its diehard fans learned long ago is that Scealf and co. will continue singing rock 'n' roll's praises regardless of how many people are listening.
- Stomp and Stammer


After pummeling Southern sub-cultures for more than two decades The Unsatisfied are breaking out of the underground with the world-wide release of their new, full length CD "Songs the Belt Taught Us". Their 4th independant release, this album features 14 tracks of relentless, in-your-face rock that swings seamlessly between genresand destroys traditional boundries. Thundering, hypnotic rhythms surmounted by spiraling, screaming guitars and sensual yet directvocals that throb with urgency. The unsatisfied seemsto embody all that is good about rock music with their own brand of Southern-Glam-Punk. "Songs the Belt Taught Us" will be released April 27th with a national radio campaign beginning on April 11th. Physical CD's and electronic downloads will be available at www.theunsatisfied.com. MP3 downloads will be available on iTunes.com, AmazonMP3.com, Napster.com, plus hundreds of other internet outlets. - About.com Alternative Music


Eric Scealf, who could be described as a 33% Charles Manson, 33% Jack Sparrow and 33% Iggy Pop and 1% gob out of John Lydons mouth, started The
Unsatisfied out of frustration with the current punk scene of the south in 1986. He has been slinking and spinning around on stages off and on since
then. The Unsatisfied have performed with many huge punk and rock icons the Misfits, Slyvain Sylvain, Cheetah Chrome and Dave Brockie.
Last Saturday, May 28th The Unsatisfied played to a full room in Purgatory at The Masquerade. Fans popgo’d, jerked and bobbed to the new songs that
have a very early “Damned” feel to them. The current line up is Eric on vocals, Johnny Stockman- guitar, Wayne Shadwick- guitar, Doug Bales- drums
and ET- bass. The Unsatisfied are sure to satisfy your craving for a good old fashion punk show. Their new CD is titled “Songs The Belt Taught Us”. Pick it up today. - BackStage Beat, Atlanta


Several pages of revues and stories about The Unsatisfied! - musicfilter.com


Punk rock cult legends The Unsatisfied were featured on HLN's "Salute To Troops" on Monday (October 31st). The group honored Sgt. Michael Watson of the U.S. Army 18th Infantry who is currently serving at Camp Taji in Iraq. Earlier, Watson, who is from Dalton, GA, had contacted The Unsatisfied on Facebook asking how he could get some of the group's music, and commenting that the soldiers in his unit had a hard time getting their hands on new entertainment while being deployed.

The punk rockers sprang into action and had a box full of CDs, stickers, snacks and other items shipped to the troops within days. Sgt. Watson wrote an enthusiastic thank you note that said in part, "the CD's have disappeared, there are Unsatisfied stickers on our gun trucks and my guys are singing your songs!"

After a recent photo shoot the group shot a short segment via iPhone to post on CNN's iReporter website saluting Sgt. Watson and the rest of the 18th Infantry. Doug Bales, drummer for The Unsatisfied: "We didn't really expect HLN to run the piece. We were just going to post it on the site and send Sgt. Watson and his wife a link to share with the troops and their friends. We thought they'd get a kick out of it."

Group bassist, E.T. commented "It made us all proud that our music meant something to people who are risking everything on a daily basis for our country. We've gotten to be friends with Sgt. Watson and hope to play a show for him when he gets home."
-Robin Meade, anchor for HLN's Headline News Morning Express, "That is the most original Salute To Troops we've ever had!" - HornsUpRocks.blogspot.com


Punk rock cult legends The Unsatisfied were featured on CNN’s Salute To Troops on Monday. The group honored Sgt. Michael Watson of the U.S. Army 18th Infantry who is currently serving at Camp Taji in Iraq.

Earlier, Watson, who is from Dalton, GA, had contacted The Unsatisfied on Facebook asking how he could get some of the group’s music, and commenting that the soldiers in his unit had a hard time getting their hands on new entertainment while being deployed. The punk rockers sprang into action and had a box full of CDs, stickers, snacks and other items shipped to the troops within days.

Sgt. Watson wrote an enthusiastic thank you note that said in part, “the CDs have disappeared, there are Unsatisfied stickers on our guntrucks and my guys are singing your songs!”After a recent photo shoot the group shot a short segment via iPhone to post on CNN’s iReporter website saluting Sgt. Watson and the rest of the 18th Infantry.

Doug Bales, drummer for The Unsatisfied: “We didn’t really expect CNN to run the piece. We were just going to post it on the site and send Sgt. Watson and his wife a link to share with the troops and their friends. We thought they’d get a kick out of it.”

Group bassist, E.T. commented “It made us all proud that our music meant something to people who are risking everything on a daily basis for our country. We’ve gotten to be friends with Sgt. Watson and hope to play a show for him when he gets home.”

-Robin Meade, anchor for CNN’s Headline News Morning Express, “That is the most original Salute To Troops we’ve ever had!” - Evigshed.com


Punk rock cult legends The Unsatisfied were featured on CNN’s Salute To Troops on Monday. The group honored Sgt. Michael Watson of the U.S. Army 18th Infantry who is currently serving at Camp Taji in Iraq.

Earlier, Watson, who is from Dalton, GA, had contacted The Unsatisfied on Facebook asking how he could get some of the group’s music, and commenting that the soldiers in his unit had a hard time getting their hands on new entertainment while being deployed. The punk rockers sprang into action and had a box full of CDs, stickers, snacks and other items shipped to the troops within days.

Sgt. Watson wrote an enthusiastic thank you note that said in part, “the CDs have disappeared, there are Unsatisfied stickers on our guntrucks and my guys are singing your songs!”After a recent photo shoot the group shot a short segment via iPhone to post on CNN’s iReporter website saluting Sgt. Watson and the rest of the 18th Infantry.

Doug Bales, drummer for The Unsatisfied: “We didn’t really expect CNN to run the piece. We were just going to post it on the site and send Sgt. Watson and his wife a link to share with the troops and their friends. We thought they’d get a kick out of it.”

Group bassist, E.T. commented “It made us all proud that our music meant something to people who are risking everything on a daily basis for our country. We’ve gotten to be friends with Sgt. Watson and hope to play a show for him when he gets home.”

-Robin Meade, anchor for CNN’s Headline News Morning Express, “That is the most original Salute To Troops we’ve ever had!” - Evigshed.com


"One of my favorite bands THE UNSATISFIED have released a new video "Fed Up" and here is the link for you to see it .... http://youtu.be/6wuRNIAOLDA Hope you enjoy it......"
-Ginger Coyote - PUNKGLOBE.COM


After sending a little love -- and some music and stickers -- to U.S. Army Sgt. Michael Watson, of Dalton, Ga., now serving in Iraq, local punk rockers The Unsatisfied got some love back.

CNN did a brief segment Monday on the story.

Watson, assigned to the U.S. Army 18th Infantry, had sent the group a note on its Facebook page back in the summer, saying that he liked the band's music and that he and his unit mates had a hard time getting hold of new entertainment overseas.

The Unsatisfied -- Eric Scealf, Eric Turner, Doug Bales, Joel Hastings and Johnny Stockman -- quickly put together a care package filled with CDs, stickers, snacks and other items and shipped it within a couple of days.

Watson soon wrote back, telling the guys, "The CDs have disappeared. There are Unsatisfied stickers on our guntrucks and my guys are singing your songs!"

Shortly after a recent photo shoot, the guys decided to create a website salute to Watson and the 18th Infantry via iPhone, and they posted the video on CNN's iReporter, where it was picked up by "Headline News Morning Express" anchor Robin Meade, who said, "That is the most original Salute To Troops we've ever had."

"We didn't really expect CNN to run the piece," Bales said in a news release. "We were just going to post it on the site and send Sgt. Watson and his wife a link to share with the troops and their friends. We thought they'd get a kick out of it."

Turner said the band was especially proud that the soldiers chose them and that they chose to put a band sticker on the guntrucks.

"Those guys are superstitious, and it really means a lot that our music means something to them," he said.

At the very least, the group plans to meet Watson soon and hopefully play an acoustic show for him, he said.

"They really made our day," Turner said. "It's weird how a little bit of doing something small can mean so much to someone." - Barry Couter - Times Free Press


This is a salute to SGT. Michael Watson, U.S. Army from the Chattanooga, TN punk band The Unsatisfied.

They write:
We received a message a few months ago from Sgt. Watson inquiring if we could send him some music to keep he and the rest of the 18th Infantry pumped up. He said they had a hard time getting good music in Iraq. We sent them a box of goodies. They even put our stickers on a few of their gun trucks. We felt an instant brotherhood with Sgt. Watson and the 18th Infantry. We are very happy to report that they will return to Fort Riley, KS soon.

Note: Why "love and blood?" The band says, "That's what we put into our music! All of our Luv 'n' all of our Blood!" - CNN HLN


Now, if you’re wondering just what the hell Chattanoogian rock sounds like without having to go all the way to Tennessee yourself, allow me to lay it out for you: it’s skinny, bleeding, kinda raw, sorta punk, a little bit country, a little bit rock n’ roll, and a whole lot poor. I’m sure there have been some lonely, dry nights when the weathered cretins in The Unsatisfied seriously contemplated strapping on a bolero tie and hauling gear down the road to the bright lights of Nashville, but likely got drunk instead and joined the rest of the down trodden on the breadline for a healthy handout of faith and fire. And there’s plenty of that here, which is often the case when your heroes are Iggy and Lux and you sound like a bastardized mix of The Supersuckers and The Stooges. Man, if this is what all the gutter rock in Chattanooga sounds like, show me the way to the crumbs so I can feast on the luv n’ blood.

-Jeff Warren - Sleazegrinder


Now, if you’re wondering just what the hell Chattanoogian rock sounds like without having to go all the way to Tennessee yourself, allow me to lay it out for you: it’s skinny, bleeding, kinda raw, sorta punk, a little bit country, a little bit rock n’ roll, and a whole lot poor. I’m sure there have been some lonely, dry nights when the weathered cretins in The Unsatisfied seriously contemplated strapping on a bolero tie and hauling gear down the road to the bright lights of Nashville, but likely got drunk instead and joined the rest of the down trodden on the breadline for a healthy handout of faith and fire. And there’s plenty of that here, which is often the case when your heroes are Iggy and Lux and you sound like a bastardized mix of The Supersuckers and The Stooges. Man, if this is what all the gutter rock in Chattanooga sounds like, show me the way to the crumbs so I can feast on the luv n’ blood.

-Jeff Warren - Sleazegrinder


Eric Scealf , Johnny Stockman, Wayne Chadwick, Damien & Doug Bales are on the throne as Chattanooga's senior glam slam trash rockers with one of the most intense stage shows in the country. Hundreds of their fans at last years Riverbend concert dashed past "Cheap Trick" who were playing the same time slot as The Unsatisfied to opt to see their favorite local heroes do some of the most athletic and hard core influenced music that has ever been thrown down. Eric has been compared to Iggy Pop in his stage performance and has also recently proven himself as a pop icon caliber performer in the recent "David Bowie Experience at Memorial Auditorium. If you've not yet experienced the Unsatisfied - now's your chance to see them in a smoke free environment where You can even bring your kids...or else let just them run wild at this high energy show!" - ArtFront


Eric Scealf , Johnny Stockman, Wayne Chadwick, Damien & Doug Bales are on the throne as Chattanooga's senior glam slam trash rockers with one of the most intense stage shows in the country. Hundreds of their fans at last years Riverbend concert dashed past "Cheap Trick" who were playing the same time slot as The Unsatisfied to opt to see their favorite local heroes do some of the most athletic and hard core influenced music that has ever been thrown down. Eric has been compared to Iggy Pop in his stage performance and has also recently proven himself as a pop icon caliber performer in the recent "David Bowie Experience at Memorial Auditorium. If you've not yet experienced the Unsatisfied - now's your chance to see them in a smoke free environment where You can even bring your kids...or else let just them run wild at this high energy show!" - ArtFront


"Absolutely rocking! The Unsatisfied offer not only some ass-kicking tunes but some well-developed music as well. Especially with the latter, the musicianship is truly something worth checking out... honest-to-God kick-ass rock!"
C. E. Pelc - FM Sound, Nashville, TN


"Absolutely rocking! The Unsatisfied offer not only some ass-kicking tunes but some well-developed music as well. Especially with the latter, the musicianship is truly something worth checking out... honest-to-God kick-ass rock!"
C. E. Pelc - FM Sound, Nashville, TN


"The Unsatisfied are hard-rocking goth/glam gods!"
Leticia Wolf - Mensclick.com


"The Unsatisfied are hard-rocking goth/glam gods!"
Leticia Wolf - Mensclick.com


Long running Tennessee blood and glitter institution The Unsatisfied have a history fraught with peril and scandal, and a raw feral sound that matches their bruises and scars perfectly. Stooges backbeat, Buckcherry spit, Lords of the New Church swagger. Dangerous dudes writing love songs for hip prostitutes and pyromaniacs.”

February 2007 - Classic Rock Magazine (UK)


Long running Tennessee blood and glitter institution The Unsatisfied have a history fraught with peril and scandal, and a raw feral sound that matches their bruises and scars perfectly. Stooges backbeat, Buckcherry spit, Lords of the New Church swagger. Dangerous dudes writing love songs for hip prostitutes and pyromaniacs.”

February 2007 - Classic Rock Magazine (UK)


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Discography

'The Blood Gospel' MP3 Single(2012)
"Songs the Belt Taught Us" Full CD (2011)
"The Way 2 the Crumbs" Full CD(2006)
"Seven Inch Rock Scar" Full CD(2002)
"Real Gone Pale Face " Full CD(1998)

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Bio

Biography:
The Unsatisfied- raw, high energy rock & roll meets dangerous punk rock with precision. A complete package; a genuine American punk act with so much power and spectacle on stage it's like being hit by a rock and roll lightning bolt.

Formed in 1986 by frontman Eric Scealf, this true blood and glitter operation has toured for many years across the southeast and beyond, sharing the stage with such luminaries as The Misfits, Sylvain Sylvain (New York Dolls), Cheetah Chrome (Dead Boys), Dave Brockie Experience (GWAR), The Murder Junkies, Superdrag, Asphalt Blaster, Georgia Satellites, and Nashville Pussy. They’ve also toured multiple times with HBO’s Real Sex “most dangerous rock band”, The Impotent Sea Snakes.

Playing everywhere from the hallowed stage of CBGB’s in New York, to performing for free at southern skate-parks for underage fans, The Unsatisfied always serves up healthy portions of faith and fire for punk rock aficionados.

"Songs the Belt Taught Us" is the latest full length release from The Unsatisfied. It was recorded at Revolution Sound with Mike Pack engineering and helping the band produce. The album was completed at Chase Park Transduction in Athens, GA with mixing by David Barbe (Bob Mould, DriveByTruckers) and mastering by Drew Vandenberg (WidespreadPanic, DriveByTruckers). "Songs the Belt Taught Us" was released April 27th 2011. It has since been lauded by reviewers as one of the "best rock albums of the year...". "Songs the Belt Taught Us" is featured on Pandora iHeartRadio and Spotify.
The band's latest release is titled "Blood Gospel". It is a stand-alone single available for free download via The Unsatisfied website www.theunsatisfied.com .
The Unsatisfied is not your average rock band. They may be hard, but they’re more rhythmic than James Brown and embody the sensuality of Prince. It’s punk rock infused with jazz beats and sexual angst, you owe it to yourself to see The Unsatisfied live. Prepare yourself for the Southern music scene's most whispered dirty secret, The Unsatisfied…

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