Unit F

Double Down Saloon, May 18

It takes a lot to keep me awake past midnight. And when punk rockers Unit F, led by the only remaining original member, Mel Schantz, took the stage at 1:30 a.m., I wasn’t sure how long I’d last. Every fan was wide-awake, though, as the socio/political band (their motto reads “War is the enemy of the human race”) offered screaming vocals and driving instrumentals for more than an hour. The Orange County, Calif.-based quintet played both new and old music, as they are working on a new album. Highlights included “Party in the White House,” which questions the American military, and “Secret Government,” which casts doubt on the CIA and other government organizations. With socially conscious lyrics, quality musical rhythms and an undeniable stage presence, their performance not only kept me awake, but also gave me a reason to do so. ★★★☆☆

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