The Unbearables, like most people their age, grew up on cartoon shows, candy, and playgrounds. And after years of trying to gain acceptance by showcasing their intelligence, they’ve given up and returned to what made them happy as children. When Marshall Escamilla and Ian LeClair moved to Austin together from the Northeast, where they went to college, it was with this singular mission in mind: to eschew all collegiate pretensions and do their best to find happiness. Coming together with Harrison Speck and Josh Crochet, these four young men make music for the fun of it.
This mission lies at the foundation of all Unbearables songs: they are, in themselves, tiny attempts to capture happiness and childlike excitement in the space of a 3-minute pop song. They want to bring rock’n’roll back to its wide-eyed, 50s-era teenager roots while at the same time reaching to make these roots relevant today. These songs encourage people to stop taking themselves so seriously and just dance. They ask you to forget about being self-conscious, about being “cool,” and just have a good time.
Since recording their self-released debut, Get Hit, The Unbearables have gotten themselves involved in a range of projects. They’ve gone on tour. They’ve recorded an EP, Rock, released in January of 2006, the first of two companion EPs demonstrating the Unbearables’ unusual affection for all things pop-rock. The second, Don’t, is scheduled for recording and release in late spring of 2006. They’ve been writing songs for a forthcoming Zombie Rock Opera, to be performed as a collaboration with Austin theatre company Loaded Gun Theory in October 2006, as well as recorded and released. They’ve made a lot of friends and moved a lot of feet. They’ve had their van searched twice. Nobody’s found anything yet.