Unit Shifters

Unit Shifters

BandRock

ROCK IS KING! We play Rock & Roll; Up-&-Down, Left-to-Right and Sideways. Our live show is full of songs that are fun and high-energy. We play a mix of fan favorite originals and some unique covers, both contemporary and classic. We've made 5 records thus far and have many more coming along.

Biography

The UNIT SHIFTERS are an extremely high-energy live rock band specializing in Psychedelic Grunge Rock. We enjoy the likes of more contemporary acts such as: The Raconteurs, Melt Banana, Midnite Snake, Eagles of Death Metal and the Black Keys. We also thoroughly enjoy covering live tracks by: The Wipers, Queens of the Stone Age, Fang, Shocking Blue, Velvet Underground, and Nirvana. We are an aggressively DIY punk spirited band focused on saving the children and we can guarantee, dig us or not, you will not soon forget the very first time you experienced the UNIT SHIFTERS.

WHAT SETS US APART?

We have the sound of the new generation, not the last trend... Timeless and Contemporary, making efforts to push the edge while still maintaining a pop sensibility. We work hard and have built our style and sound after the acts that we love, including: The Zombies, Queens of the Stone Age, The Beach Boys, Nirvana, Velvet Underground, The Doors, The Pixies and of course bits of Credence Clearwater Revival and The James Gang. We've produced 5 records in the last 15 months released as 1 single, 3 EPs and 1 LP. We've done everything in-house and about to press our first 1000 vinyl records (FEB 28th, 2009). We have independently funded the production of dozens of hats and shirts, hundreds of CD's and thousands of stickers, and we try to toss out as much as possible at every show for free. Of course even more has been spent on gas money... we've done 2 tours on our own: 1 to Los Angeles for featured spot on the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre's ASSSCATS special with Matt Besser and another to Chicago and back touring through all of our respective hometowns.
We're not in this band because we were popular in high school. We're not trying to be the next big thing, next big things go by the wayside quicker than everyone involved can realize how much money they lost. We know that money making, long lasting musical acts, that really matter and make an impact a generation or two later are not based on trends, they are based on rudimentary facets of familiarity and enjoyability. Chuck Berry still kicks ass, and so do the UNIT SHIFTERS!

WHO ARE YOUR INFLUENCES?

The Zombies, Queens of the Stone Age, The Beach Boys, Nirvana, Velvet Underground, The Pixies, Credence Clearwater Revival, The James Gang, Melvins, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Chuck Berry, Metallica, Megadeth, Meat Loaf, The Kinks, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Van Morrison, Jan and Dean, The Ventures, Eagles of Death Metal, The Rolling Stones, Frank Zappa, Bob Dylan, The Band, John Lennon, Mudhoney, Presidents of the United States, Queen, Beta Band, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Cream, White Stripes, The Ludes, The Racantours, Midnite Snake, Beck, Melt Banana, Tool, Phil Spector, The Ramones, The Black Keys, The Bonnevilles, Cheap Trick, Green River, Neil Young, Jurassic 5, Pharcyde, Outkast, The Yardbirds, Motorhead, The Breeders, Bill Withers, Big Black, Shellac, Sex Pistols, Electric Six, The Wipers, Shocking Blue, Sublime, The Animals, The Doors etc. etc. etc.

WHERE HAVE YOU PLAYED?

HOMECOMING TOUR (2008)
in support of "PLEASE STAY ON GRASS EP"
Kelly's Pub - Tampa, FL
New French Bar - Asheville, NC
McGuffy's House of Drafts - Dayton, OH
House Shindig - Chicago, IL
The Matinee - Cleveland, OH
YMCA Teen Center - Hickory, NC
Full Moon Saloon - Daytona Beach, FL

BIG SHINY GERMAN KNIFE TOUR - (2007-2008)
Head Hunters - Austin, TX
Super Happy Fun Land - Houston, TX
Mardi Gras - Scottsdale, AZ
Freakin' Frog - Las Vegas, NV
Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre - Hollywood, CA
DiPiazza's - Long Beach, CA

Florida Shows:

SHWILLSTOCK I & II @ Copper Rocket - Maitland, FL
SHWILLSTOCK III:ESCAPE FROM SOBRIETY @ Orlando Brewing Company - Orlando, FL

SSA DeLand Music Festival '07 @ Stage 12~Issues Lounge - DeLand, FL
SSA DeLand Music Festival '08 @ Stage 8~Blind Pig Pub - DeLand, FL

Will's Pub - Orlando, FL
The Peacock Room - Orlando, FL
Backbooth - Orlando, FL
The Social - Orlando, FL
TASTE - Orlando, FL
Uncle Lou's - Orlando, FL
Odin's Den - Orlando, FL
Underground Bluz - Orlando, FL
Natura Coffee & Tea - Orlando, FL
BulldogAudio Studios - Orlando, FL
Orlando Sound - Orlando, FL
Copper Rocket - Maitland, FL
The Haven - Winter Park, FL
O'Boys BBQ - Winter Park, FL
Island Oasis - Winter Park, FL
Muldoons Saloon - Winter Park, FL
Volta Vintage Clothing - Sanford, FL
Holly & Dollys - Casselberry, FL
5 Spot Recording - Audobon Park, FL
The Bank and Blues - Daytona Beach, FL
Full Moon Saloon - Daytona Beach, FL
Tir Na Nog - Daytona Beach, FL
HotSpot Coffee Shop - Daytona Beach, FL
Tim and Terry's - Gainesville, FL
Tree House - Gainesville, FL
1982- Gainesville, FL
Crazy Horse - Jacksonville, FL
The Underground - Jacksonville, FL
Doozers Pub - Jacksonville, FL
The Pit - Jacksonville, FL
Stage East - Ft. Pierce, FL
Thrillz - Palm Coast, FL

Lyrics

Supercool (UCB)

Written By: Shwill & Frank Franklin

Babies in 'Nam on Supercool
Tattoo your mom on Supercool
Wastin' your life for Supercool
Crack the wand, now, Supercool!

Don't Think

Abraham Lincoln is on the Supercool
Your whole worlds on Supercool
I for one now Supercool
Crack the wand, now, Supercool!

Don't Think

UCB - DON'T THINK!

No Cure

Written By: Shwill

I think people are stupid
I've done everything wrong
People call me evil
But I'm just tryin to get along
Sold lies and opiates
Flat Rocks in bed
I try to change my surroundings
But I'm still bored

And I try to make things right
But I tell you there's no cure
That white light down at the end of the line
Might just be death's door

Sold lies and cigarettes
Been a victim of flesh
And I tried to save it all for you
Well I tried to take my share
Of frustration and abuse
Well I try, and I try, and I try, and I try

And I try to make things right
But I tell you there's no cure
That white light down at the end of the line
Might just be death's door
Well, I try to make things right
But I tell you there's no cure
That white light down at the end of the line
Might just be death's door

And I'm breakin down
And I try, and I try, and I try, and I try

And I try to make things right
But I tell you there's no cure
That white light down at the end of the line
Might just be death's door
Well, I try to make things right
But I tell you there's no cure
That white light down at the end of the line
Might just be death's door

I'd Luv To See You Nakid!

Written By: Shwill

We went down to the store
We went down for some more
We went down on each other

We made love, I don't remember her name
All the drugs, that we did
Well you know, you couldn't blame her

If you want me to I would
If you want me I'd care
If you'd want me to
I'd luv to see you nakid!

We had fun in the causeway
Yea, ya luved it, did it my way
And you know, you loved the show

We had fun 'fore the sun came round
One more time, we got down
And she left, out the back door

If you want me to I would
If you want me I'd care
If you'd want me to
I'd luv to see you nakid!

If you want me to I would
If you want me I'd care
If you'd want me to
I'd luv to be your lover!

In The Sunshine

Written By: Shwill

We feel good
We feel fine
We forget
In the Sunshine

Never Alone

Written By: Shwill

Never alone
Even when I'm by myself
Never alone
Oh the guilt

Never alone
Even when your around
Never alone
I inhale, while you breathe out

Symphony of the Devil

Written By: Shwill

In the end
In the end, the Devil wins again
In the end
In the end, the Devil

Poor Recida

Written By: Shwill

I've been watchin you
Spent my time on you
He's no good for you
That's when I've come for you

Poor Recida, I know I know
Don'tchya be so loud
Poor Recida, I know I know
Don'tchya be so sad
There's no reason to be scared, no...

I've been watchin you
Through your bedroom window
The lights are on but I know
No one else is home
That's when I've come for you

Poor Recida, I know I know
Don'tchya be so loud
Poor Recida, I know I know
Don'tchya be so sad
There's no reason to be scared, no...

Boyfriend

Written By: Shwill

We went down to the store
We went down for some more
We went down together

We had fun, I don't remember her name
All the dumb things that we did
Well you know, you couldn't blame her

If you want me to I would
If you want me I'd care
If you'd want me to
I'd luv to hold your hand!

We had fun in the breezeway
Yea, ya luved it, did it easy
And you know, you loved the show

We had fun 'fore the sun came round
One more time, we got down
And she left, out the back door

If you want me to I would
If you want me I'd care
If you'd want me to
I'd luv to hold you hand!

If you want me to I would
If you want me I'd care
If you'd want me to
I'd luv to be your boyfriend!

Discography

(2007)
BIG SHINY GERMAN KNIFE | EP

(2008)
I'd Luv To See You Nakid! | Single
Please Stay On Grass | EP
VIRGIN | EP

(2009)
UNIT SHIFTERS | LP (on Vinyl only)
Desert Robot Invasion | EP (to be released Mar 31st)

Set List

Our typical set ranges between 25 and 45 minutes, depending on the needs of the gig.

We generally do 2 or 3 covers for every 6 to 7 originals