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New Album Coming in April, Plus Tour with the Raging Nathans!

christmas in a crack house

We got a new album coming! Christmas in a crackhouse should be ready for April release.
The Raging Nathans are our family from over the pond. We’ll be showing them the delights of the UK as they did for us in the USA.  Following that we will be heading into mainland Europe with the Murderburgers.

April
18th – London Black Heart
19th – London Black Heart
20th – Manchester Punk Festival
21st – Cardiff
22nd – Keighley Exchange
23rd – Edinburgh – Bannermans
24th – Inverness
25th – Workington Lounge 41
26th – Sunderland Independent
27th – Nottingham – Maze
28th – Stamford – Mama Liz’s
29th – Selby The Venue

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Wonkfest 6 – Don’t Believe The Hype is Coming in 2018

You know it would happen didn’t you?  How could we not continue the biggest, best, and friendliest London based DIY Punk festival?

It’s early days, but the venue is already booked (once again re-visiting the Dome in Tufnell Park), on Saturday 28th July 2018.

Bookmark the official info page – and you’ll find the link to the gig Facebook event page here.

You just know it’s going to be amazing with the best bands of our scene.  Come enjoy the music, the friendship, the buffet!

TICKET DETAILS TO BE ANNOUNCED

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New TNS Tour in 2017

tns tour

TOUR!!!!!! TNS ROADSHOW JUST LIKE THE SPICE GIRLS! AMAZING!!

Friday 24th February – The Portland Arms, Cambridge
https://www.facebook.com/events/1825488631063213/
Saturday 25th February – Camden Underworld, London
https://www.facebook.com/events/1684104831615335/
Sunday 26th February – The Brewhouse, Warrington (No Faintest Idea)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1308449272556093/
Friday 3rd March – Cellar Bar, Stafford (No Roughneck Riot)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1127532850694115/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1481658883168977
Saturday 4th March – The Underground, Plymouth (No Wonk Unit/Roughneck Riot)
https://www.facebook.com/events/178695369265380?%3Fti=ia
Sunday 5th March – The Wheatsheaf, Banbury (No Roughneck Riot)
https://www.facebook.com/events/172164233258104/172171829924011/?notif_t=like&notif_id=1481727313626722
Friday 10th March – Think Tank, Newcastle
https://www.facebook.com/events/1372985549399613/
Saturday 11th March – Redd Suite, Dundee
https://www.facebook.com/events/1841004949475823/
Sunday 12th March – Bannerman’s, Edinburgh
https://www.facebook.com/events/1652172605094198/
Friday 17th March – The Maze, Nottingham
https://www.facebook.com/events/292805051114695/
Saturday 18th March – The Exchange, Bristol
https://www.facebook.com/events/1107345489385683/
http://www.exchangebristol.com/whats-on/events/18-mar-17-fishstock-2017-exchange/

In the spirit of the DIY scene, we won’t be announcing the running orders of the gigs until the night of the event. We want to encourage crowds to check out bands they may already love and bands they may be less familiar with. TNS believes in supporting gigs from the start to the finish and checking out new music wherever possible.

Here is an introduction to the bands on the TNS tour:

Faintest Idea are a band who featured on TNSrecords’ very first release, which was a 20 track compilation CD. They have since released three fantastic full length albums. This years ‘Increasing The Minimum Rage’ is probably their best to date. They bring together infectious two-tone ska and politically fuelled street punk and are guaranteed to have you dancing. They are truly establishing themselves as one of the most exciting ska bands around.

Roughneck Riot have built a reputation as one of Europes finest live acts after relentlessly touring for the past few years. With a banjo, a mandolin and an accordion alongside your traditional punk instruments, they have really nailed the folk-punk sound and they will blast out a set list which offers one infectious anthem after another.

Wonk Unit are one of the most exciting bands in punk rock right now. Fresh from touring with Slaves, they are beginning to fill venues across Europe and the USA at their own headline gigs. They offer a truly eclectic sound that borrows from indie, punk and ska and much, much more. Their 2016 ‘Mr Splashy’ album is getting rave reviews from the underground press and more mainstream publications. They also host ‘Wonk Fest’, which is one of the highlights of the punk rock calendar.

Revenge Of The Psychotronic Man play fast… very fast. Bassist, Andy co-runs TNS and like Faintest Idea they featured on the very first compilation and have released three critically acclaimed albums on the label. These including this years Alan Partridge referencing ‘Colossal Velocity’. You can expect human pyramids, walls of death and wheelbarrow walls of death. The possibilities are endless.

We hope you are as excited by this lineup as we are. We truly believe that these are four of the most exciting bands in the UK right now and we hope you can make it out to see some of these dates. We have many more awesome bands on the label and hope that this will be the start of many more TNS tours.

Tickets and info about local supports available from individual venues/promoters. We will post the individual events as soon as we have them.

TNS release bundles will be available at all gigs.

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Mr Splashy Tour Underway!

mr-splashy-tour

The last 4 nights have been WICKED!!! Start of the UK tour muthafuckers!!! Yes mate!!!! Already hung out with about a millon of our buddiez!!! Pie Race last night was KILLER!! Showing my ages though, that mosh pit looked brutal at times! hahahaha Loved our mellow dancing in between the thrashers though! Thanks for indulging this knackered old man!!

Amazingly we now have a few days off! YES!!! Back out again Friday for the Nottingham showdown! Let’s do it!

Thanks again everyone! Brilliant positive fun times!! Grab advanced tickets for the tour if you can, every gig has been heaving.Don’t wanna dissapoint anyone on the night if ya can’t get in x

Love from your friends Wonk Unit xx

p.s. Krispy here, the Wonk Web man.  I’ve got Wonk playing for us (The Scary Clown Presents…) in Stamford on the 9th Dec as part of the Mr Splashy tour.  We’ve got tix available for £7 here (£8 on the door). I’d love to see more of the Wonk Fam join us for our Xmas party.  Strawberry daiquiri’s mostly mandatory!

pie race 2016

Wonk Unit play pie race 2016

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Wonk Unit and Slaves Release Joint Single

slaves-single-with-wonk

Those lovely chaps the Slaves have released a new single and invited us to join them on the B side, so hot off the new Mr Splashy album, “We are the England” has been released on vinyl.

Slaves are of course the darlings of NME at the moment, so it’s got a mention here.  Limited to 1500 copies on Black Vinyl and available in record shops!  There’s also a very silly Wonk Unit video for the single.. mostly featuring our great friends Pizza Tramp!  Come and see us on tour over November and December – we’ll bring copies of the single with us!

Slaves have released a video for new single ‘Take Control’, the title track from their new album set to be released on September 30.

This track will be released as a limited 7″ with “We Are The England” by Wonk Unit acting as the B Side.

The video is inspired by the old school vibes of VHS tapes and sees Isaac Holman and Laurie Vincent riding around on a tandem with a boombox.

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Wonkfest 5 Update

Wonkfest 5, The Omen…

Coming to The Dome in Tuffnell Park on Saturday, 1st July 2017:  TIX here -> http://www.seetickets.com/event/wonkfest-2017/the-dome-tufnell-park/1042974 

Wonkfest page on Facebook,

IT’S WONKFEST! PUNK ROCK GIG OF THE YEAR!!  YOU ARE OUR FAMILY AND WE LOVE YOU!
EVERYONE WELCOME!!
THIS IS THE GIG. THE BEST FUN, THE MOST CHILL, THE HAPPIEST, THE FRIENDLIEST, THE RADDEST!
BRING A TRAY OF FOOD FOR THE BUFFET AND A FEW ITEMS FOR THE LOCAL CHARITIES WE’LL BE SUPPORTING.
SERIOUSLY SHOWCASING THE ABSOLUTE CREAM OF UNDERGROUND PUNK ROCK.
12 HOURS OF MAYHEM WITH A SUPPORT CAST OF BBQ, BUFFET,CHEAP DRINKS AND UTOPIAN VALUES.
BUY ADVANCE TICKETS NOW AS EACH YEAR GETS TIGHTER AND TIGHTER FITTING YOU ALL IN.
THIS IS GONNA SELL OUT.
HAPPY WONKFEST EVERYONE!
XXX

This years line up….

Wonk Unit
SPECIAL GUESTS TBA
The Murderburgers
The Parkinsons
The Cravats
Captain Hotknives
Bad Breeding
The Kimberley Steaks
CalvaLouise
Great Cynics
Desperate Measures
Shot
The Cut ups
Maid of Ace
Nova Twins
Aerial Salad
The Raging Nathans
Fuck You Idiot
Matilda’s Scoundrels
Spunk Volcano and the Eruptions
Pizzatramp
Domt
Pete Bentham and the Dinner LAdies
White Ape

VENUE:

The Dome, Tufnell Park

2 Dartmouth Park Hill, NW5 1HL London, United Kingdom
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Mr Splashy Released Today

Hi Wonk fans, we are very proud to see our latest creation go LIVE today – the latest Wonk Unit full studio album, Mr Splashy, is released today across the globe.  Punks rejoice!

Available in shiny CD form, as several coloured vinyl editions, and obviously in highly technical digital downloads for your sex making pleasure.

Thanks to all the Wonk fam who come to the gigs, listen to our music, and look after each other.

We are in Germany. We are being treated very well. We even have beds!!! About to leave the wonderful Anyway club in Essen (we love you), now heading to Hamburg- home of the Beejees! Menschenzoo – hamburg – tonight! Come join us for fun and japes xx

Get copies (plus damn fine Wonk Unit t-shirts) in our very own shop here.  Don’t worry, the lovely people at Cadiz Music are handling the postage and packing, so there won’t be a delay while we are away!

Wonk Unit mr splashy tour

Wonk Unit mr splashy tour

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Wonkfest 4 Tomorrow!

Wow!! Kinda crazy to think that this years Wonkfest is TOMORROW!!!!! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK!!! So looking forward to seeing everyone. This line up and it’s friends are the future of UK punk. Our scene is so special, so loving, so unified. Tomorrow is going to be BUSY! Let’s all come together, leave our worries at the door and make it the most inclusive, welcoming, friendliest gig we’ve ever been to. WONKFAM – LET’S GO!!! XXXXX

Yep kids it’s Wonkfest 4 tomorrow, when 30 bands and tons of lovely punks head to the Dome in Tufnell Park (2 Dartmouth Park Hill, NW5 1HL London, United Kingdom).  There will be some tickets on the door, £20, doors open 11am, first band 11.35.. FREE BBQ most of the afternoon, also the famous BUFFET (Please bring along some ‘picnic’ style food to add to the buffet!).

SET TIMES

Nosebleed 11.35 – 11.55 down
Werecats 12 – 12.20 up
Crashmats 12.25 – 12.45 down
Muertos 12.50 – 1.10 up
Uber yoo 1.15 – 135 down
Mummy 1.40 -2 up
The Apostates 2.05 – 2.25 down
Riggots 2.30 – 2.50 up
The Dead Class 2.55 – 3.15 down
Damger!man 3.20 – 3.40 up
The Franceens 3.45 – 4.05 down
Nova Twins 4.10 – 4.30 up
Spoilers 4.35 – 4.55 down
Faintest Idea 5 – 5.20 up
Midway Still 5.25 – 5.45 down
ROTPM 5.50 – 6.10 up
2 peas 6.15 – 6.35 down
Mystified 6.40 – 7 up
Ducking Punches 7.05 – 7.25 down
Pizza Tramp 7.30 – 7.50 up
Ming City Rockers 7.55 – 8.15 down
Bangers 8.20 – 8.40 up
Bad Breeding 8.45 – 9.05 down
The Murderburgers 9.05 – 9.25 up
The Restarts 9.30 – 9.50 down
The Roughneck riot 9.55 – 10.15 up
Consumed 10.20 – 10.40 down
Wonk Unit 10.45 – End up

CHARITY

Bring tins / dried stuff for the foodbank please!

Bring tins / dried stuff for the foodbank please!

Screen Printing

Ok, below is the official art for our free live print this year!! Bring light coloured shirts (preferably white or pastels) and Leon will be doing his rad air cured print again! I’ll be supplying white shirts for the first 100 advance ticket holders through the door. Leon will only have limited time so i can’t really offer any more than that! Sorry! Is 100 enough anyway? Let me know. Also, sizes!! xx

wonk fest tshirt design

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Wonkfest 3 Movie Released!

Yay, it’s taken a mighty effort, but Mark Richards (and Julian Wallinger & Sky Nash) never ever disappoints, and his latest video edit is one of the most professional yet – showing off what a great day Wonkfest was last year.

Millions (well a lot) of punks, tons of good times, 30 ish bands, and a sprinkling of wonky magic.

Remember tickets for Wonkfest 4 are now available!  Details here.

Filmed at the Dome, Tufnell park, London on 25th July 2015 with live performances from the cream of the UK DIY punk scene!

Brigantes 0:53
The Dissociates 4:05
Black Volvo 8:24
The Fur Coats 11:50
Tosserlad 13:50
7 Day Conspiracy 16:38
Meansteed 18:32
The Reverends 22:36
Sheepy 26:43
Revenge Of The Psychotronic Man 29:12
Petrol Girls 31:26
Simon Wells 34:36
Kimberly Steaks 39:27
Maid Of Ace 40:27
Vanilla Pod 43:44
2 Sick Monkeys 47:39
Ming City Rockers 51:57
Beat The Red Light 54:10
The Dead Class 1:00:00
Waco 1:01:41
Roughneck Riot 1:05:36
Murderburgers 1:09:35
Culture Shock 1:11:04
Slaves 1:12:56
Wonk Unit 1:19:52
End Credits 1:26:53

Camera by Mark Richards, Julian Wallinger & Sky Nash
Sound mixed & mastered by Delphinius Vargas
Directed & Edited by Mark Richards.
http://www.markrok.com
http://www.facebook.com/wonkfestlondon

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Wonk Unit Heading back to Germany!

wonk unit full band

Weeeeeee Wonk Unit will be doing a small German tour in September 2016, and we hope to make many new friends.

21.09.16 D-Aachen, Musikbunker
22.09.16 D-Essen, Anyway (unplugged)
23.09.16 D-Hamburg, Menschenzoo
24.09.16 D-Arpke, Hinterhof
27.09.16 D-Dresden, Chemiefabrik
28.09.16 D-Berlin, Schokoladen
29.09.16 D-Braunschweig, Funzel
30.09.16 D-Oettingen, Goldene Gans
01.10.16 D-Karlsruhe, Alte Hackerei

Alex Wonk, Gründer von Wonk Unit spielte in den 1990er Jahren in der Hardcore-Punk Band The Flying Medaillons , welche fester Bestandteil der englischen UK Underground Szene war, bis die Band einen schweren Unfall mit Todesfolge in Frankreich hatte.
Sie lösten sich auf und kurz darauf wurde WONK UNIT ins Leben gerufen.

WONK UNIT bezeichnen ihren Sound als neuen frischen Punk, der sich irgendwo bei Millencolin einreihen kann und immer wieder auch Ska Elemente hören lässt. Auf der Bühne wird Alex zur Dampfwalze und zelebriert ein Feuerwerk voller Energie, Wut und Ironie.
Die Band schafft es, einen eigenen musikalischen Weg zu gehen und ecken gerne auch öfters Mal mit ihrem Sound an.

Bekanntheit erlangte die Londoner Band in letzter Zeit unter anderem durch eine gemeinsame UK Tour mit Teenage Bottlerock und Shows mit Millencolin. Auch das alljährlich stattfindende Wonk Fest gehört inzwischen zum festen Bestandteil der Band, auf welchem Jahr für Jahr befreundete Bands und natürlich auch Wonk Unit auftreten und Jahr für Jahr ausverkauft ist.

Kurz und knapp kann man sagen:
Wonk Unit sind aktuell eine der vielseitigsten und abwechslungsreichsten Bands, die London zu bieten hat. Sie machen Spaß, sind sehr poetisch und absolut authentisch. Alles in allem muss man die Band einfach live gesehen haben.

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Wonk Unit Feb 2016 European Tour

YESSSSS We are heading out into Europe in February, and we hope to see many of of lovely European friends at one of the venues.

Come talk to us in your sexy voices.  Comes and show us your best sexy dancing.

FEBRUARY
1st Bonn Germany
2nd Metz France
03.02.16 D-München, Unter Deck
04.02.16 A-Feldkirch, Graf Hugo
5 feb. VENUE: Circolo Arci Camalli, TOWN: Imperia
6 feb. VENUE: C.A.A. Lughee, TOWN: Lugo Di Romagna
7 feb. VENUE: Teatro Polivalente , TOWN: Caramagna (CN)
8th Werk21 – Jugendkulturhaus Dynamo, Wasserwerkstrasse 21
8006 Zürich
9th TBC please book us! x
10.02.16 Innsbruck @ PMK!
11.02.16 D-Mannheim, EINRAUMHAUS
12.02.16 D-Wiesbaden, Kreativfabrik
13.02.16 D-Dornstadt, Wildwechsel
14th CAB03 in Leiden Holland

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New Video; Murderers Shoe

We are dropping a ridiculous new video in the morning. TNS rereleased our debut Album Flying the Japanese Flag recently on lovely white vinyl (splatter long gone).
The video is for the opening track – Murderers Shoe. We didn’t have a clue what we were doing and it literally came together this afternoon when i was writing the captions. Mark Richards has come up with the goods as always!! Amazing one brother! He’ll be sharing it with everyone at breakfast. Yay! xxx

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In the Studio

Recording studio for the next 2 days with the delightful Andy Brook (who we recorded with on Trolleys and Muffy).

Never really have a clue what i’m gonna do or how the record is gonna turn out. It is gonna be called Mr Splashy though.

My mum calls me that whenever i get near a sink. I always leave puddles everywhere. I like the name Mr Splashy. x

Alex

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Wonking around Europe

YEAH RAD EURO CHUMS, we will be in you in February.  Come and join the Wonk family, have sexy time!

 

03.02.16 D-München, Unter Deck
04.02.16 A-Feldkirch, Graf Hugo
5 feb. Imperia confirmed
6 feb. Lugo di Romagna confirmed
7 feb. Torino TBA
09.02.16 frei zum buchen
10.02.16 frei zum buchen
11.02.16 D-Mannheim, EINRAUMHAUS
12.02.16 D-Wiesbaden, Kreativfabrik
13.02.16 D-Dornstadt, Wildwechsel

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Wonk & Slaves Gigs Re-scheduled

Bad news, then good news.  After Slaves had to cancel the rest of our tour due to Isaac’s injury, they have re-arranged many for January 2016, and we are still joining them.

A STATEMENT ABOUT THE UK TOUR FROM SLAVES:

“Hello everybody. As some of you may know I dislocated my shoulder whilst performing the other night. I went to hospital and they put it back in for me but I am now in a sling and do not have much mobility in my arm. The doctor said I can’t drum for the next few weeks or there is a good chance it will come out again and cause some serious long term damage. Therefore we are going to have to pull out of the remaining shows of our November UK tour and they will be rescheduled to the dates below in January. All your tickets will still be valid and we will all have a very nice time together, just not yet. I’m very sorry. Totally gutted but I guess shit happens doesn’t it. Love to you all. Isaac xxx”

Due to Isaac’s injury the tour dates for the rest of November have been postponed. Original tickets will remain valid for the new rearranged dates below.

Due to demand the Leeds venue has been upgraded to the O2 Academy and a second date has now been added to Manchester O2 Ritz for Saturday 16th January. Additional tickets for Leeds and Manchester will go on sale 9am Wednesday 25th November at gigst.rs/slvs

10th Jan – Leeds O2 Academy – Venue upgrade due to demand – Re arranged date / Tickets valid
11th Jan – Glasgow O2 ABC – Re arranged date – Tickets still valid
12th Jan – Liverpool O2 Academy – Re arranged date – Tickets still valid
14th Jan – London O2 Forum – – Re arranged date – Tickets still valid
15th Jan – Manchester O2 Ritz – Re arranged date – Tickets still valid
16th Jan – Manchester O2 Ritz – Additional show added due to phenomenal demand

Unfortunately, due to venue refurbishment, the Slaves date at Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall on 25th November has been cancelled. Ticket refunds will be available at point of purchase.

The following December Slaves shows will still be taking place:
15th Dec –O2 Academy Newcastle
16th Dec –O2 Institute Birmingham
17th Dec –O2 Academy Brixton London
18th Dec – Assembly Rooms Tunbridge Wells

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