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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Pre-Order Terror, Wonk Unit new album

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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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Wonk Unit Merch Sale

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Our friends at Cadiz music have put a lot of Wonk merch up on ebay in a winter sale.

So get some stuff cheap using the links below – look sharp and support the Wonk!

Vag Tshirt
Bin Him Tshirt
Dinosaurs Tshirt
Fuck The Police (only S&M left in this one)
Baseball & Trucker Hats
CYC/Honk Hoodies (only S & XL in this one)
Wonk/Honk Hoodies
Long Sleeved T (S + 2XL only)
CYC/Gayz Sweats
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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.

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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New TNS Tour in 2017

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Friday 24th February – The Portland Arms, Cambridge
Saturday 25th February – Camden Underworld, London
Sunday 26th February – The Brewhouse, Warrington (No Faintest Idea)
Friday 3rd March – Cellar Bar, Stafford (No Roughneck Riot)
Saturday 4th March – The Underground, Plymouth (No Wonk Unit/Roughneck Riot)
Sunday 5th March – The Wheatsheaf, Banbury (No Roughneck Riot)
Friday 10th March – Think Tank, Newcastle
Saturday 11th March – Redd Suite, Dundee
Sunday 12th March – Bannerman’s, Edinburgh
Friday 17th March – The Maze, Nottingham
Saturday 18th March – The Exchange, Bristol

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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Wonk Unit and Slaves Release Joint Single


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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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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Wonk Unit in the USA!

Yep the mighty Wonk Unit have touched down in the US of A.


Check out the Tour dates HERE.

Merch being put out for our first show tonight!

Wonk reach USA

Just sorting the US “one stop punk rock shop for all your punk rock needs!” Exclusive green “honks”!! Xxx

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Busy…. I’ll Show you Fucking BUSY!

Watcha Wonkers!

Just a quick update to say WONK UNIT ARE BUSY!   Touring touring touring!

We’re taking our sex moves to AMERICA very soon, and then joining those sexy boys SLAVES on their UK tour.  Lovely stuff.

10/22 Dayton, OH @ Bind Bobs

10/23 Lexington, KY @ Best Friend Bar

10/24 Huntsville, AL @ The Palace

10/25 Tampa, FL @ TBA

10/26 Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub

10/27 St. Augustine, FL @ Shanghai Nobbys

10/28 Chattanooga, TN @ Sluggos

10/29 Atlanta, GA @ 529

10/30 Gainesville, FL @ FEST
10/31 Gainesville, FL @ FEST
11/01 Gainesville, FL @ FEST

11/02 Charleston, SC @ The Tin Roof

11/03 New Castle, DE @ Main Manor

11/04 Washington, DC @ Cafe St. Ex

11/05 Trenton, NJ @ Millhill Basement

11/06 Long Island, NY @ Amityville Music Hall

11/07 Philadelphia, PA @ LAVA

14th Bristol with Slaves
15th Cardif with Slaves
16th Portsmouth with Slaves
18th Norwich with slaves
19th Glasgow with slaves
20th Newcastle with Slaves
21st Manchester with Slaves
23rd Leeds with Slaves
24th Liverpool with Slaves
25th Wolverhampton with Slaves
27th London with Slaves

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New Album 17th June… Streaming NOW!

Feel the Wonkness cover

Wonk Unit are soon to release their first ever full length album on vinyl; “Feel The Wonkness”.

The record, which releases on July 17, is compilation of material from throughout their career. Curated by Alex Wonk, Drunken Sailor Records, and Johanns Face Records (releasing the album digitally), it picks songs from across their catalog.

YOU CAN STREAM THE ALBUM RIGHT NOW FOR FREE: Check it out on Scene Point Blank.

Remember you can come and party with Wonk at this month’s WONKFEST 2015, on July 25 at Tufnell Park in London.

We’re also doing our first USA TOUR later this year, including the MASSIVE “The Fest” in Gainesville, FL. [more info]

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Download the New (first) Single!

Wonk Unit website

Yeah boys & girls, you can now download FOR FREE the first ever Wonk Unit single over on our record label’s bandcamp page.

So go right now and get hold of the pure sexy Je M’appelle Alex at the link below.


Je M’appelle Alex is the first single to be taken from the upcoming Mr Splashy album due for release in early 2016 on TNSrecords.

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