WONK UNIT (UK)
Wonk Unit are a band from Croydon, London, known for their unique take on punk rock, their super proactive DIY ethos and cult like T shirt range.
A band that is unique in Europe with its own sound, its own humor, its own festival and a deeply rooted DIY Background. Alex Brindle Johnson as the lead singer but also poet, skater, stage performer and creative motor is the heart of the band. Several claim that WONK UNIT is currently the most exciting thing happening on Europe’s punk rock stages.
The Wonk started life is 1992 when mastermind Alex formed a band called The Flying Medallions. Punk was very much dead in the UK at the time. Sadly we lost our bass player Dougie Palompo.
And Wonk Unit formed in around 2005. Somehow Alex ended up in a rehearsal room with 2 insanely talented musicians, drummer Mez Clough and guitarist Gavin Kinch. Their playing lifted Alex songwriting. Suddenly everything sounded uber fresh.
Additionally, music and songs that have no sense of genre borders but at the same time portray exactly what Alex Brindle Johnson and therefore Work Unit are. For years Punk has needed new input and Wonk Unit deliver exactly that.
Wonk Unit has always been about “Alex”. His songs are his diary. He makes music for himyself, exactly as he skateboards for himself and draws pictures for himself. He never wanted to force Wonk on anyone as it was such a personal thing to him. Alex original ethos which still stands to this day is that he would never ask for a gig or review or record deal or endorsement. Wonk only go where we are wanted and appreciated.
Kidnap/ Cargo releases the new album “The fall and rise of Wonk Unit and the pwosion from Croydon”, a best of compilation with a brand new song included, in october 2019.
on tour: 31 March – 17 April 2021
available also on request all through the year, please get in touch!
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16/07/2020 D-Düsseldorf, Pitcher cancelled
17/07/2020 D-Glaubitz, Back to future Festival cancelled
18/07/2020 D-Coburg, Rodeo Festival cancelled
03/09/2020 D-Köln, Museum
04/09/2020 CH-Kreuzlingen, Horst
05/09/2020 D-Bochum, Rotunde – 18 Jahre Punkrockers-Radio
31/10/2020 A-Wels, SBÄM
03/12/2020 D-Essen, Anyway
31/03/2021 D-Aachen, Musikbunker
01/04/2021 D-Ulm, Beteigeuze
02/04/2021 A-Bregenz, Between
03/04/2021 D-Würzburg, Immerhin
04/04/2021 D-Berlin, Wild at heart
05/04/2021 D-Hannover, Stumpf
06/04/2021 D-Dresden Ostpol
07/04/2021 A-Vienna, Arena Dreiraum
09/04/2021 D-München, Folks
10/04/2021 D-Karlsruhe, Alte Hackerei
11/04/2021 CH-Bern, Rössli
12/04/2021 CH-Zürich, Dynamo Werk 21
14/04/2021 D-Tübingen, Münzgasse 13
15/04/2021 D-Trier, Luckys Luke
16/04/2021 D-Frankfurt, AU
17/04/2021 D-Stuttgart, Hellfest
22/07/2021 D-Düsseldorf, Pitcher
23/07/2021 D-Glaubitz, Back to future
Alex Johnson – Vocals
Pwosion – bass/bv
Kenny Razzel – guitar
Simon Short/Vezzy – keys/bv
Spike Smith/ Duncan Redmonds/ Mez Clough – drums
2008 – Flying the Japanese flag
2011 – Trolleys thank you
2013 – Muffy
2014 – Nervous Racehorse
2015 – Pwosion idea
2016 – Mr Splashy
2018 – Terror
2019 – Love in Chapan
2019 – Odds, sods and uncomfortable silences
2019 – The fall and rise of Wonk Unit and the pwosion from Croydon (Best Of Compilation Kidnap/ Cargo)
Plasterer/ Kidnap/ Cargo