It’s that time when we look back in wonderment as our amazing punk rock ukulele adventure continues. 2014 was a big one for us – as well as playing 24 gigs around the UK we released our first album on our own label. Here’s the highlights of this hectic and fun packed year….
Our first gig of the year was the New Cross Punk Festival with 999, Night of Treason, Louise Distras and loads more cool bands.
It was also the month we scooped the ‘Best Acoustic Act’ award in Del Strangefish’s Punk Rock Music Awards. Here’s our acceptance speech….
Next stop was Brighton, where we were quite literally BLOWN AWAY. Jenny nearly ended up in France after being caught in a cross wind on the seafront on what was the windiest day ever recorded (almost).
The gig raised £2K for One Billion Rising which campaigns against violence against women.
The Trash Tones sent us this. We don’t know what it is. But we like it.
We headed down to Perry Vale Studios in South London to finish recording our debut album. It was a pleasure to work with Pat Collier (original Vibrators bass player) who whipped us into shape with a firm but fair approach.
We bravely set off on a mini-tour in towns and cities around the UK. Many thanks to the promoters who put on these awesome gigs and everyone who came along to shout, dance and drink with us.
We released a video for Fight Song which we filmed at the legendary 12 Bar club in Soho, which will sadly close its doors this year.
Photographer Simon Rich captured some awesome behind-the-scenes moments at the shoot.
Fun times playing lots of gigs in July – Hastings, Chelmsford, Corby, Wickerman festival in Scotland, Edinburgh and Cambridge.
Check out how excited we were to arrive in Scotland….
….until we discovered our accommodation in Edinburgh.
Actually, it might look a bit rough from the outside, but we had a great time at Edinburgh Containers Hostel, entertaining our hosts and fellow guests with a late night set!
This was the month we released our debut album Too Drunk To Pluck on our own label Hoo Ha records. We launched it with a big party at New Cross Inn. Big thanks to everyone who bought the album – we were proper chuffed to get a great reaction.
Rebellion Festival is always one of the highlights of the year – and this one was especially busy. We delivered two uke workshops for beginners (thanks for coming everyone – it was great to meet you!), Debs and Clara were interviewed on the Literary Stage (cheers Johnny and Paula) and we played to a packed Bizarre Bazaar Stage. Thanks for supporting us!
One of our favourite gigs this year was Shoreham-by-Sea Ukulele Festival at the Duke of Wellington. We didn’t really know what to expect, as most of our gigs are on the punk scene rather than the uke scene, but we got the warmest and rowdiest welcome ever! And to top it off, Peter Test Tube joined us on stage to sing Banned From The Pubs!
We also got this funny review in seminal punk fanzine Maximum Rock N Roll.
We returned to The Dublin Castle – always a great gig. Thanks for making it a fabulous night!
Our original song Turn It Off got the Pukes video treatment. Cheers Stuart Sterling for doing a, well, sterling job.
It’s a bit of a tradition now for us to play with our good friends Bad Manners and Max Splodge at Christmas. As always these sold out shows – as well our 100 Club gig where we had to chuck Lars Frederikson out of our dressing room – were a fabulous end to another busy year.
Massive Pukey thanks to everyone who has supported us – bought an album or a shirt, liked our page, attended a workshop, come to a gig….it means so much to us that people enjoy what we are doing!
Big plans for next year include some new recordings, a trip to Barcelona and Germany and more festival appearances. See you soon!
Lots of love from The Pukes X