The Unlovables have officially been a band since the beginning of 2002, but the Unlovables unofficially began in the summer of 1999 when Hallie Bullit picked up the bass and started writing songs for her own amusement on the floor of her tiny, dirty sublet room on 7th Street in Alphabet City. Knowing nothing about playing or writing songs, Hallie found encouragement and inspiration in the punky simplicity of the Ramones, and other pop punk favorites like the Teen Idols, Chixdiggit, the Muffs and Screeching Weasel. She added to this her near-obsession with vocals and harmonies (having spent most of her youth as a chorus nerd in school), and her love and adoration for female vocalists of the 80's like Cyndi Lauper and Belinda Carlisle. The result was her own fabulous brand of simple, hooky, punky pop, bursting at the proverbial seams with girly, sugary harmonies. She composed dozens of songs about boys, punk rock, and boys. But Hallie had no further plan for her songs than to entertain herself on date-less nights.
By the winter of 2000, Hallie had temporarily found a boyfriend, and decided to record 2 of the songs she had written for the lucky fella as a Christmas present. Recorded in the basement of Dirt Bike Annie frontman, Adam Rabuck, the songs were a hit as a Christmas present, and Hallie was content to leave them as that. But copies of the songs started getting passed around, and the next thing she knew more and more people kept approaching her, saying, "Wow, I heard those songs you recorded at Adam's-- those are really great. Why don't you have a band?"
Within a matter of months, Hallie was approached by Mark Enoch, the pop punk mastermind behind Knock Knock records. He expressed an interest in putting out an e.p. of Hallie's songs. It seemed that she could no longer deny her punk rock calling-- could no longer remain content performing in her room for her cat, Ramona. It was time to assemble a full-time team: The Unlovables!
Chris Stefos (the guitar virtuoso and frontman of Rockland County's pop sensations, The Tattle Tales), volunteered himself as lead guitarist. Chris and Hallie had met 3 years earlier at that mecca of punk ideology, that shrine to alternative culture.... Hot Topic. At the mall. Where Chris worked. (They took one look at the pop punk pins on each other's sweatshirts, and each knew he/she had found a kindred spirit amongst the Sugar Ray enthusiasts). A Tattle Tales fan, Hallie was thrilled-- nay, HONORED at the idea of having Chris play her stupid songs.
Another piece fell into place when Mikey of Dirt Bike Annie approached Hallie about playing drums. Again, it seemed that things were just too good to be true-- Hallie had been a long-time fan of Mikey's, and a long-time supporter of the theory that he was genetically engineered and bred in a petri dish for the sheer purpose of the being the best punk drummer the world has ever seen. In addition to playing for Dirt Bike Annie, Mikey was a member of just about every other great pop punk band in the Tri-State area including The Ergs and the Kung Fu Monkeys. Although unsure as to how Mikey was going to add yet another band to his roster, Hallie gave a hearty "Hell, yeah!" to the proposition. The Unlovables began developing their plot to take over world and surrounding universe with their irresistible pop gems.
The band was joined that following winter by second guitarist Frank Leone (one half of the notorious pop punk couple, "Frank and Heather"). Frank and his little lady were a staple at every punk show that came through town-- avid and devoted fans of the genre (and great people, to boot!). Frank contacted Hallie, saying "I'm unemployed and bored and looking for something to keep me occupied. Can I come down and play with you guys sometime?" He's been showing up ever since, and the band hopes he NEVER finds a job!
The last and most lovely addition to the band came in the form of back-up singer extraordinaire, Chelsea Lacatena. The Unlovables rescued Chelsea from an evil funk band she'd been singing backups for, thus saving her from a future of wearing fringe and singing lyrics like, "When I say 'swamp', you say 'bitch'! Swamp Bitch! Swamp Bitch!". A spunky brunette with the voice of an 80's new wave angel, Chelsea was the perfect choice to sing all those gooey harmonies!
The band played their first show all together in early 2002, and have taken New York City by storm. Playing to enthusiastic, head-bopping crowds, at legendary N.Y.C. venues such as C.B.G.B.'s, the Unlovables have been gaining an unstoppable momentum. Their single, "I've Cried 4 U," has even received words of praise from Joe Queer himself!! Vowing to put the heart back into pop punk, and save it from the slick, formulaic depths it's reached in recent memory, the Unlovables will not stop until all the kids are singing along.