We are really please to bring you this re-release of Wonk Unit’s second album ‘Trolleys Thank You/Wonk Unit Saved My Life’ on tape via Belgiums, Nosebleed Records.
Here is what Alex has to say about the album:
So we’d released Flying the Japanese Flag and it was an album of such rage and technical songwriting that i wasn’t sure i was ever gonna be able to equal the quality of it. Songwriting was new to me back then, i had no idea if the previous album was a fluke or not.
I’d recently moved to Los Angeles so Wonk was kinda on a hiatus. The line up of Jap Flag had kinda disbanded whilst i was away so on my return and after seeing Snuff’s Duncan Redmonds standing in on drums for Leatherface, i approached him about doing a few drum sessions for us. 4 sessions later and Trolleys Thank You was born. A melancholy mix of brand new and old songs dating back to when The Flying Medallions broke up. Having Duncan join us for this record was literally a dream come true. Snuff were the soundtrack to my youth and Duncan is a total hero of mine! I was and still am beyond stoked that he’s part of this record! He is a wonderful silly chap and friend.x
The whole record is essentially 2 ep’s. The B side ,”Wonk Unit saved my life” features Adam Stone (From The Apostates) on drum duties. Adam like me is a recovering alcoholic and was in a bad way when he first joined the Wonk .It was nice to have him join me on the wagon and have a fellow brother of sobriety to share our day to day struggles with haha .He turned up one day with “Wonk Unit saved my life” inked on his stomach so that became the name of the B side.
I recently wrote out the lyrics for the sleeve notes. Total misery! hahahaha I assure you, life was quite happy when this record was produced though!
On a final note, the title to Trolleys and how it came about is worth mentioning. A photographer girlfriend of mine used to go out in the middle of the night with her mates drinking cans of cider, smoking fags, getting naked and then do crazy photo shoots of them in weird inapproapriate places. Sitting on traffic bollards in the middle of the high streets, crossing zebra crossings, on swings in parks. One of the pics was of them sitting in a shopping trolley in a bay under a Sainsburys sign saying Trolleys Thank you.The pic was so obscure and cool but alas, her famous photographer of a brother took offence of his sisters wild antics so the picture was pulled at the last minute. The cover photo of me in the lift was taken on route to Sainsburys to recreate the original but we ended up using the lift shot. x