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Say no to Sweat Shops!

Alex Wonk says no to sweatshops

Love J and the No Sweat family. Been doing their bit to make the world a better place since Wonk started.

I’m in no position to preach here, I skate Nike SB and print the majority of our tees on Gildan. However, whenever possible we do use shirts supplied by Punk Ethics and Wonkfest merch is printed exclusively on their ethically sources threads.

Aint a major ballache and genuinely every shirt does make a difference.

Alex x

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Wonk Unit Playing Rough Trade for Record Store Day

wonk unit play rough trade

RECORD STORE DAY 2019 – ROUGH TRADE WEST

130 Talbot Road London W11 1JA GB

SATURDAY 13th April 2019 = Well this could be the only time you can see Wonk Unit play live with KT Tunstall and Pete Doherty – so head over for a bit of acoustic fun!

“Rough Trade West are proud to welcome a selection of our favourite bands live in-store, for the biggest day of the year. Over 500 exclusive Record Store Day 2019 titles available to buy in store only.”

 

STAGE TIMES

12.00 – 12.20am | FONTAINES DC (FULL BAND) (20mins)

12.30 – 12.50pm | BLICK BASSY (ACOUSTIC) (20mins)

13.10 – 13.30pm | WONK UNIT (FULL BAND)(20mins)

13.50 – 14.10pm | KT TUNSTALL (ACOUSTIC)(20mins)

14.30 – 14.50pm | PETER DOHERTY (ACOUSTIC)(20mins)

15.10 – 15.30pm | CELESTE (FULL BAND) (20mins)

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Odds, Sods and Uncomfortable Silences Album Coming For Record Store Day!

Odds, Sods and Uncomfortable Silences album by Wonk Unit

Record Store Day Exclusive Launch

Hot on the heels of the recently released live Wonk Unit album “Love in Chapan” comes … another new album!!   The brand new “Odds, Sods and Uncomfortable Silences” album is about to be released on PINK VINYL.  It’s a collection of never heard songs, unreleased rarities and Wonky oddities for your listening pleasure.

The album is being released exclusively for Record Store Day which is Saturday 13th April.  RSD is for indie stores to have a shot at selling exclusive vinyl before digital/online people get hold of it, so you won’t even be able to get it here until some time after that date, it’s a great way for bands like Wonk Unit to support those great shops still selling music to punks like you!

A Favour Asked…

Now to help spread the word and try and get this record in the shops around the UK for “Record Store Day” on the 13th April, Wonk Unit would love our fans (that’s you that is) to wander into your lovely local independent record shops asap, and ask them if they will be stocking the new RSD exclusive release “Odds, Sods and Uncomfortable Silences” pink vinyl by Wonk Unit.  If they ask more details, you could suggest they can be ordered from Cadiz Music (via Universal) and share these e-mail addresses so they can order copies; [email protected] & [email protected].

I’m sure you all agree it’s time more people got the chance to see and hear a bit of Wonk Unit, and this album could be a nice little starter course, plus we all need to help support our local record stores!

If you want to know more about Record Store Day – and maybe find a local store to visit, check out the RSD website.

Cheers, Krispy aka the Wonk Webmaster for Alex.  

Odds, Sods and Uncomfortable Silences; Track List

Side A: 1. Take Me Out To Dinner / 2. Hermitage Rd / 3. Wondrous Girl / 4. Candy / 5. Bailey / 6. Mistake / 7. Anna / 8. Springtime.
Side B: 1. My Nemesis / 2. Rocky The Dog / 3. The Ghoul / 4. Poem For Saturday / 5. She Was Good / 6. Mr Recovery / 7. We Came Together

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New Live Album Coming in 2019! HEY EVERYONE!!! OK SUPER SORRY FOR DELAY IN UPDATING YOU ALL! THERE WAS A COCK UP WITH THE DVD!!! SOOOOOOORY!! WE ARE TOLD IT’S DUE IN ANY DAY NOW!! AS SOON AS IT ARRIVES WE’LL BE SENDING OUT. REALLY SORRY!!

“Love in Chapan” is a live album/dvd of our Wonkfest 2017 set. It’s seriously punk as fuck, serious Wonk energy. The DVD also includes all our videos and commentaries from me and Pwos and even a Rock commentary. It’s awful.

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Our New Drummer – Spike!

spike t smith wonk drummer

We would officially like to welcome Spike to the Wonk Family – as he is stepping into Tommy’s shoes as the new Wonk drummer!

Spike is a bloody legend in the drumming world – there’s hardly a band he’s not played for, across loads of genres.  He will be an awesome addition to Wonk – and we hope you all welcome him to the family when you come to our shows!  He’s a lovely man too – make sure you say hello.

Some bio from his website init…

Spike – Drummer Extrordinair! 

spike with crassSpike could well be described as the British version of Josh Freese with regards to his varied & colourful drumming career to date. Well known for his work with massively influential singer MORRISSEY, with whom he toured & recorded with between 1999 & 2003.

Spike played previously with punk legends THE DAMNED before being poached by the above-mentioned singer. Before this Spike cut his teeth playing for hardcore/dub reggae crossover act WARDANCE, recording two albums & numerous singles & extensively touring Europe & North America in the mid 90’s.

There have been many sessions that Spike has contributed to & many remixes. Some to mention as follows: an album with British rockers SONA FARIQ, THE MOTIVATORS (featuring Alain Whyte & Gary Day of Morrissey) Chinese pop singing superstar Ai Jing & THE T4 PROJECT which features some of the biggest names from the past 20 years of the U.S./U.K. punk scene, including members of BAD RELIGION, PENNYWISE, STRUNG OUT, BUZZCOCKS ,THE SUBHUMANS & PORNO FOR PYROS. The album was released summer 2008.

Gizz Butt, former guitarist of THE PRODIGY & now fronting his own metal band THE MORE I SEE has also had Spike contributing his drumming skills to his bands albums THE UNHOLY FEAST [2008] and the follow up TREAD THE DARKER PATH. This saw the light of day in spring 2010.

There is also plenty of touring both in Europe & America where Spike is an “in demand” player. The summer of 2010 he was stepping in for the mighty KILLING JOKE culminating in their first visit to China headlining the 2nd Inja festival. Time was also spent occupying the drum throne for the legendry NEW YORK DOLLS which once again saw Spike reunited with his old rhythm section brother Gary Day.

September 2010 to November 2011 was spent performing with STEVE IGNORANT (former front man of CRASS) with his live band. The world tour was billed as THE LAST SUPPER. it was to be the one & only time Steve would perform songs by his former band & as such, played sellout shows throughout the UK, across Europe, America & Canada, Australia & New Zealand culminating in the final show at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire. This was also filmed for a live dvd release.

In 2013 & after a four year hiatus Spike is once again going to be performing & touring with CONFLICT with whom he has played since 2006 . There are dates currently being booked for the UK & Europe to keep the band busy until the end of the summer, after which they will return to America & Canada in October for further dates.. their first in 5 years.

On the recording front… DESTROY DC a Band formed By Spike & Gav King of Fields of the Nephilim have just signed a deal with Reverance Records. Their first ep entitled “The Pride of the Asbo Generation” is due for release in March.

In-between all this Spike has taken part in numerous clinics, demonstrating his wide-ranging styles & influences. He also runs his own drum school, recognised as one of the most prestigious schools for aspiring drummers in Cambridgeshire. He has also been the featured artist on the “Pearl Drum Vision” advertisements that have been appearing in all the top drum magazines & will also appear in their forthcoming 108 project video.

And now the journey continues – he’s joined WONK UNIT!

 

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Tommy Leaves Wonk Unit – New Drummer Required!

Tommy leaves Wonk Unit

Bonjour naughty seahorses! Ok so guess what, we are looking for a new full-time drummer. You need to be in rehearsing distance of London and available to tour (and be prepared to be broke). I also can’t deal with big drinkers or big drug users (because I’m in recovery so bare that in mind before getting in touch.
You’ll get to travel the world, you’ll get to laugh your tits off. You’ll be looked after. You’ll also get paid a bit but best of all you’ll be in a band with Pwosion!!!
We start a huge year of touring in March 2019 so plenty of time to learn the 100 odd songs we play. We are an incredibly serious band but we don’t take ourselves as people seriously ya get me.
Being in Wonk is genuinely the best thing in the world. Look forward to meeting you! Get in touch.

Alex x

My time with wonk unit has come to an end! Perfectly amicable, and still friends! Going to dedicate my time to other things, like following wonk unit around and heckling them from the front ? But seriously, it’s been brilliant and iv’e had a great time, and wish the band the best of luck in the future! Some things just naturally come to an end I guess! See you at all the punk gigs starting with Jeff Rosenstock this Thursday ? Peace  Tommy xx

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Wonkfest 5 Video Released

Wonkfest 5 The Omen Video

It must be nearly time for the next installment of London’s biggest DIY Punk party, the amazing show which is WONKFEST!

So prepare your ears with this amazing 1.5 hour choice video cut of last year’s Wonkfest, put together by the amazing Mark Richards.

GET YOUR FOR WONKFEST 2018 -> TICKETS HERE 

Filmed at the Dome, Tufnell park, London on 1st July 2017 with live performances from the cream of the UK DIY punk scene! Matilda Scoundrels – 0:54 Aerial Salad – 5:15 White Ape – 8:10 DØMT – 11:55 Spoilers – 14:10 Pete Bentham And The DInner Ladies – 17:26 Sheepy – 21:30 Spunk Volcano & The Eruptions – 25:02 The Cut Ups – 28:19 Kimberly Steaks – 31:24 Great Cynics – 32:58 The Cravats –36:38 Nova Twins – 42:28 Captain Hotknives – 46:50 Maid Of Ace – 50:58 Meansteed – 54:49 The Murderburgers – 59:25 Simon Wells – 1:03:12 Pizzatramp – 1:06:45 Calva Louise – 1:12:04 Spring King – 1:16:46 The Parkinsons – 1:20:16 Wonk Unit – 1:23:11 End Credits – 1:33:46

Camera by Mark Richards, Julian Wallinger, Aitch Weare & Gaz Weare Sound Recorded, mixed & mastered by Simon Short Directed & Edited by Mark Richards. http://www.markrok.com

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Praise for Terror

Wonk Unit Terror

“it’s the dog’s bollocks, but you probably guessed that anyway” – Mass Movement

“their most consistent album yet.” – Louderthanwar

“this release might just be one of the best 2018 has on offer.” – Vulturehound

“Wonk Unit might just be on the very cusp of tapping into its most fertile area.” – The Soundboard

“the finest DIY punk again meets bitter black humor” – Bierschinken

“this is an album that really should be sitting amongst your collection come release day.” – The Punk Site

“this record is so close to perfect, that this whole album needs to be heard.” – Thinking Lyrically

“by far the best thing Wonk Unit have done” – Apathy And Exhaustion

“They’re the working man’s punk. Grotty. Witty. Perfect.” – Punktastic

“A beautiful album that everyone should own, who likes black humor and fast punk rock with ska elements.” – Away From Life

“Wonk Unit may just have released one of the finest albums of 2018.” – Original Rock

“It gets better with every listen.” – Punk Vinyl Archive

“Buy this record: you won’t regret it.” – Uber Rock

“this is a band at the top of their game” – With Just A Hint Of Mayhem

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Pre-Order Terror, Wonk Unit new album

new wonk album terror

ATTENTION WONK UNIT FAM!! TERROR CD PRE – ORDER! Gotta get some dosh together real urgent to pay for the last month of mixing, mastering and production of our new album Terror which gets released April 20th.

PRE ORDER the CD now and you’ll get it as soon as it arrives at Plasterer HQ (i reckon at least a week in advance of release date).

This is for CD only (LP coming in June). Paypal £11.50 (uk) £13 (EU mainland) £15 (rest of world) to [email protected] Send friends/fam payment option. Include address and “terror pre order” in Paypal note.
Thanks my dudes! Very excited for you to hear the record!

Alex x

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Massive stock update on official Wonk Unit Merchandise

Wonk Unit I Love My Vagina t-shirt

We’ve been very busy (well office Wonk Krispy has, along with our friends at Cadiz music) – the shop has been given a right royal overhaul.

Lots of new stuff, old stock available again – stock levels probably right too!

You might notice we’ve updated most of the images too – recognise the two models at all?

Get your grubby mitts on the merch here.

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New Wonk Unit Album Coming in April 2018!

We’ve got so many fantastic new songs we just had to release ANOTHER new album.  Alex woke up this morning, and suddenly the name has come to him, like the baby Jesus but no manger.

In a nod to his old band Flying Medallions…. “We Hate Everybody and Everything is Rubbish!” 

Of course a new album needs a new tour, so come and join the great bunch of lads who are touring with The Raging Nathans from the good old US of A!   Bangers guaranteed!

April 2018
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
Sat 28th – Stamford, Mama Liz’s Voodoo Lounge – 7 band and BBQ all dayer
29th – Selby The Venue

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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!

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE

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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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