Have we got a treat for you? Everyone loves Wonk Unit so that would be a yes. We are kicking your week off with a new Wonk Unit video, which will be available for free download on 6th May.
Channelling a healthy dose of punk rock cynicism and bitter irony Wonk Unit unleash another 3 minute melodic pop-punk classic with new single “Je M’ appelle Alex,” released 6th May, Rising Phoenix-like from The Flying Medallions (AKA “the best live band on the planet”) Wonk Unit have attained an almost mythological status in the UK underground, having played easily over 500 UK club shows and touring Europe many times, getting substantial attention in the underground press and BBC Radio 1 airplay.
“One of the most unique bands in modern punk rock. Wonk Unit are a fresh breath of life in the London punk scene. They’re fun, weird, poetic and utterly compelling all at once, a must-see.” Art Rocker
Front man Alex Brindle-Johnson is a modern day renaissance man, a plasterer by trade, he is also published author – having written a book during his commute to and from various London building sites. His poetry even saw him being invited to open the London leg of the international LitCrawl festival in 2013.
Alex first came across Slaves in 2012 and on hearing their Sugar Coated Bitter Truth EP immediately recognized a spark and similar mentality in the young duo. Within weeks they were on their first UK tour supporting Wonk on their “Muffy” album. Since then the two bands have played countless shows together, culminating on 6th & 7th May at London’s Scala for two nights of punk rock celebratory mayhem in the capital.
“Wonk Unit are arguably the future of punk rock; I fully accept that that’s a bold statement, but having had ‘Nervous Racehorse’, the fourth full length album from the London outfit on rotation for the past week I feel they entirely justify the claim…” –Louder Than War
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. Wonk Unit and TNS are a perfect fit – Manchesters TNS records have been putting out cutting edge independent punk rock music since 2008 and have had releases by bands such as Revenge of The Psychotronic Man, Vanilla Pod, Roughneck Riot, Beat The Red Light, Stand Out Riot and Bootscraper
“[Wonk Unit] have managed the almost impossible task of having found their own sound.It’s punk son, but not as we know it” – Big Cheese
UK ska-punk band Faintest Idea has released of an alternate version of their song ‘Mutual Aid’ along with an accompanying video and free download. The original recording of the track featured on the 2012 album ‘The Voice Of Treason’ but since, the band have undergone some line up changes and progressed their sound.
“This track is one of our favorite songs to play live, and we wanted to capture the sound of the current line up” said guitarist Jack Player.
The band has also announced that they have entered the studio to begin work on their 4th studio album to be released through TNSrecords before the end of the year.
Faintest Idea’s relentless touring schedule and energetic live performance has seen them build an ever-growing army of loyal fans and they have no plan to slow down anytime soon. The band is currently on tour through Europe and the UK in the following places…
13 – PJ Mcginties, Ipswich UK*
14 – The Owl Sanctuary, Norwich UK*
15 – The Montague Arms, London UK*
16 – Jeugdhuis Tydeeh, Mol BE
17 – Eat The Beat Festival, Nürnberg DE
18 – Geislingen, Seemühle DE
21 – Ceska 1 Music Club, Kutna Hora, CZ
22 – Cross Club, Prag CZ
23 – Secret Show, Hof DE
24 – Supamolly, Berlin DE
25 – Halberstadt, Zora DE
“’Ignorance Is This’ is pure testosterone ska, perfect for those with a bit of bite in their skank. 4/5” Big Cheese
‘Faintest Idea are a band deep set in the wave of anti-Coalition politics stirred in UK music. They are angry, direct and do their genre a great service in their pointed rage and well-crafted Operation Ivy-style ska-punk. Their sound is at times bouncy, at times raw and always perfectly pinned down, reminiscent of Against All Authority, The Filaments and Have Nots.’ Push To Fire
“All in all, this is a killer second album and is perfect for fans of The Filaments, Suicide Bid, Citizen Fish and UK ska punk in general.”Shot in the Foot
At TNS our aim is to get great new music in your ears. With this winters TNSrecords sale we have decided to make that easier for you. We have put together a sampler of the last 11 TNS release for free download from the TNSrecords bandcamp page. Along with 11 free tunes being sent your way you will also get a code to get 25% off in the TNS webstore up to 15 February.
As you know, we run TNS in our spare time on a not-for-profit basis. Every penny that you spend in our webstore will go in to running the label and putting out new tunes. Anything that you spend in our webstore is really appreciated and helps us to keep going. We have some great releases lined up and it would be great to get them into your ears as soon as possible.
If you don’t have any money going spare then there are other ways in which you can support what we do. In this very busy internet world get heard above the noise can be hard. So please let people know about us if you think they would enjoy what we do. You can also donate your Facebook or Twitter account once a month (or more) HERE so we can share TNS news from our pages. Also don’t forget to check out the TNSrecords bandcamp page for loads of pay-what-you-want releases.
Make sure you get the free TNS sampler downloaded to get some free punk in your lives and the sale code to get 25% off in the webstore.
Here at TNSrecords we aim to get great underground punk music heard by more people. Tunes from Manchester, the UK and further afield. To help get more music into your ears we are starting the TNS Download Club. We are going to deliver some new tunes to your inbox at the start of each month. All you will need to do is click the link and they will download straight to your hard-drive.
We are unsure what we will end up sending you. They could be sending you a track off our latest release, an old favourite from the TNS back catalogue, a compilation of tracks from bands playing a TNS gig or even an release from a band we like. But the only way to find out is to sign up to the Download Club mailing list.
THIS IS A NEW MAILING LIST! If you already receive the newsletter you will need to sign up again.
It is probably also a good idea to add the email address firstname.lastname@example.org to your trusted list or you the email might end up in your junk. That way you won’t miss out on any free tunes.
Before you ask, yes we did nick this idea from the awesome Paper + Plastic. You should also take a minute to subscribe to their weekly downloads HERE.
On the download front, we are slowly adding TNS releases to the download section of the site. That way you can pay for TNS album downloads directly to us rather than a chunk being taken by iTunes and distributor fees. That money can then go towards putting out new music. As you are probably aware TNS is run completely by volunteers on a not-for-profit basis. We put money (and load of time) in and don’t take any out. We would prefer you to buy physical releases, mainly as that is what we like, but if digital is your thing that’s cool. Just buy from us directly.