Here’s the rest of the photos by Simon Rich taken at the shoot for our new video. Video coming soon!
A brand new video for our original tune Fight Song is due to land in a couple of weeks! Photographer Simon Rich came along to the shoot in London’s 12 Bar to capture some behind the scenes action!
Fight Song is one of five original tunes on our forthcoming album Too Drunk To Pluck – set for release August 2014 – and we’re having a launch party at New Cross Inn in south London.
THE PUKES + CHOKING SUSAN (USA) + MONKISH + SKURVI
SUNDAY 3rd AUGUST 2014.
Starts at 7pm, ends at 10:30pm (so plenty of time to get trains pretty much anywhere).
TICKETS (only £3.30!!)
Excited to say The Pukes have been confirmed for Wickerman Festival in Scotland 25th July. We’ll be ROCKIN the Scooter Tent along with The Beat, Cockney Rejects, The Members, Anti Pasti and The Lurkers.
Might even check out Dizzee Rascal on the main stage while we’re there, and hope we can stay long enough to see the towering 40ft Wickerman spectacularly set on fire!
This wicked festie takes place at East Kirkcarswell, near Dundrennan, South West Scotland. Info and tickets here www.thewickermanfestival.co.uk
If ya can’t make it to Scotland, here’s our gig listings for 2014 www.thepukes.co.uk/gigs and don’t forget our Go Nuts in May tour is coming up soon!
People of the North and Midlands – we’re coming for you in May! And we’re rehearsing a new set for you too!
GO NUTS IN MAY 2014
16/05 HULL New Adelphi
17/05 MANSFIELD Intake Club
18/05 YORK Fulford Arms (£5.50 Tickets)
23/04 MILTON KEYNES Craufurd Arms (Free entry Info)
24/05 BIRMINGHAM Adam & Eve (Info)
25/05 MORECAMBE Nice ‘n’ Sleazy Fest (Tickets)
We’re also playing Rebellion Festival (7-10 Aug) where we’ll be running uke workshops for beginners as well as ROCKIN the Bizarre Bazaar Stage.
AND – we’re heading to the studio to record an album with Pat Collier in a couple of weeks. Busy busy busy!!!
Love from The Pukes X
One Billion Rising is a global campaign that brings people together to speak out against the shocking scale of violence against women: one in three women will be raped or beaten in her life time.
We are proud to be taking part in an event in Brighton – a Valentine’s Day with a difference.
WHEN: Friday 14th Feb 6pm until late.
WHERE: Above Audio, 10 Marine Parade, Brighton BN2 1TL
WHAT: Marking One Billion Rising for Justice and raising funds for domestic violence charity Rise
ENTRY: a donation in to Rise via Just Giving (suggested amount £5)
Come along and show your support for such an important cause, enjoy a night of top female talent as well as insightful and topical speakers, fly the flag for equality and treating people with respect, and have a great time in the process!
6pm = Doors open
7pm = Live performances and speakers (including Caroline Lucas and Peter James)
9pm = the pUKEs (a 15-piece ukulele punk band)
10pm = Grace Savage (Twice UK beatbox champion)
11pm = Stick it On club night
Tickets cost the princely sum of a donation to charity and all proceeds go to Rise, that supports people affected by domestic violence in Brighton and Sussex. Please make your donation here: http://www.justgiving.com/
Those wishing to submit a DJ request into the draw for Stick It On can do so by clicking here and following the instructions: http://
We’re excited to release a new promo video for our Ukulele Workshops with a soundtrack of White Riot.
The track was recorded at the same time as our Damaged Goods EP sessions with Dick Crippen last year. It will appear on our forth coming album, which will be ready later this year. The wonderful Stu Sterling helped us make the video.
If you’re a promoter and would like to book a workshop for your festival or event, please get in touch! If you’re someone who’d like to find out more about when our workshops are happening, please get in touch too!
If you like what you see, please share!
2013 has been another AMAZING year for The Pukes. Amid the chaos we’ve managed to play 33 gigs, release our debut EP, make a video, produce a fanzine and deliver a load of uke workshops for beginners. A MASSIVE thank you to each and every one of you who has come to a gig, attended a workshop, bought an EP or shirt, shown us love on Facebook….it wouldn’t be half as much fun without you. Here’s our highlights and major events…
Title photo by Gary Morehen
We celebrated the start of our third year with a couple of C words – Corby and Cambridge. We made it to Number 2 in The Female Musicians FTW poll and on the anniversary of our first ever practice we reached 1977 likes on Facebook – it was definitely A SIGN!
We returned to the studio of the wonderful and eternally patient Dick Crippen (Panther Studios) who somehow made a bunch of slightly tipsy ukulele-wielding punk ladies sound like a proper band.
At the end of the month we played one of our favourite London stages – the 12 Bar. Quote of the night – Debs: “Can you remember your first time?”, Clara: ” I can’t even remember the last time!”.
Photo by Charlie Wrench
The Pukes had our first ENGAGEMENT! Puke co-founder Cheryl met Si from Left For Dead at a Pukes gig in Hastings one year before. They soon became inseparable and Si bought a uke and joined the band. Si proposed at the top of the Eiffel Tower in March and they married five months later. We said goodbye to the happy couple later in the year as they left the band to pursue a lifetime of marital bliss. Cheers dudes, it was fun playing with you and we wish you all the happiness in the world!
We had the honour of performing TWICE at Pick Me Up graphic arts fair at the fabulously posh Somerset House in West London. Artwork by Russell Taysom
This was also the month we unleashed our new video onto the world – our cover of Because You’re Young by Cock Sparrer. We were super happy to get 3610 hits in the first week alone.
We released our debut EP on the seminal Damaged Goods label and held a launch party at the Dublin Castle with our good friends CASE. (It was Marty from CASE who persuaded Ian from Damaged Goods that he needed to see our set at Rebellion, and Ian offered to release a single right after the show!). Legendary photographer to the stars Paul Slattery photographed the party.
We took delivery of our beautiful fanzine on a massive truck. Lots of very cool people contributed towards our zine, including Itch, Amanda Palmer and Uke Punk.
June saw the start of our series of ukulele workshops for beginners. We were awarded £5,000 from Arts Council England to deliver the workshops at festivals and events over the summer. The workshops were a massive success – more than 250 people attended and joined us on stage for Part Time Punks. Big thanks to everyone who came along, we can’t tell you how much fun it was!
Artwork by Lorna Tiefholz, photo by Diana More
Continuing our ukulele world takeover we headed to Deer Shed festival near Hull. We know it’s a family friendly festival. What we don’t know is that they’ve stuck us in the kids’ tent, between the magician and the story teller. We play to around 500 under-10s and their parents. We are not fully prepared for this type of gig. The youngsters love it. They storm the stage and soon we’re surrounded by hordes of over-excited small people. Meanwhile, the management are having a health and safety meltdown from the side of the stage, waving clipboards and trying to get them off. There is an exodus during Sex and Violence when parents who don’t see the funny side drag their kids out of the tent. Ooooops.
Photos by Dee Dee and Hannah
We are officially MASSIVE in Qatar! We hit the Number One on Doha’s Alternative Rock Spot after 17 weeks in the charts! We would stay in the charts for 25 weeks!!
We started a photo album for people to send in their photos of them repping their Pukes shirts in far off places. It seems our shirts have found their way to the USA, New Zealand and Europe! Keep em coming!
Margaret in New York
Puking All Over the World Album
We helped raise more than £1,000 for the Green and Black Cross at an anti-racist benefit gig in Tottenham, London, playing alongside Dread Messiah, Left for Dead and Bottlejob. We also played our first gig with our new stand-in drummer Saul (who takes over from Kate when she’s busy with The Ramonas) at Gosport Punk Fest.
Photo by Gosia O’Hooligan
Another string of dates with our fave boys Bad Manners and Max Splodge. Much merriment and mischief was had by all in London, Norwich and Bristol. Plus a return to Corby where we always receive the warmest of welcomes.
Photo by Simon Watson
Our version of Because You’re Young topped a poll for Best Ukulele Song of the Year. And we finished the year off with an awesome gig with Hard Skin at the Pipeline in London, joining them on stage to sing First Day Angry Song.
Can’t wait to see what adventures 2014 will bring….we’re recording an album with former Vibrator Pat Collier at his studio in south London and we’re planning a lil tour in May (Go Nuts in May!). CARRY ON PUKING!
There are a very limited number of our EPs left – you can grab one here.
See you at a gig soon!
The Pukes XX
What a great night on Saturday! We had loads of fun and in the process helped to raise a massive £1035, including individual donations, for the Green and Black Cross. Huge thanks to everyone who came and supported the cause.
Here’s what the organisers said on Facebook:
“Thanks to Bottlejob, Dread Messiah, The Pukes and Left for Dead – all of them played cracking sets! Their hearts were in it from the get go and they did go the extra mile to help out. All those who worked on the afternoon Halloween event did a fantastic job entertaining a horde of kids, running the uke workshops and feeding everyone delicious home-baked cakes. Last but not least, thanks to the T.Chances crew – we’re lucky to have you!”
Green and Black Cross is an organisation which gives practical and legal support for protesters. They’ve supported thousands of people from many backgrounds in their rebellions and protests, including the 286 anti-racist protesters who were arrested while trying to prevent the English Defence League march through Tower Hamlets last month
Here’s what Janie from Green and Black Cross said:
“I just want to thank you all for such a great night. And as the representative for Green Black Cross I was overwhelmed with the message read out in response to being arrested at Tower Hamlets and a first hand experience with Green and Black Cross. As a collective we all work very hard on the streets and behind the scenes, so to hear peoples experience like that makes every shitty interaction we have with the police worth it. I must add at this point seeing a bunch of kids dancing to pure punk was a sight for sore eyes and the colour code of Green and Black – nice. Great people, great atmosphere and great music. Not only that I won a Pukes T shirt which I am wearing right now (big fan girls). “
Cheers to everyone who came out. In case you missed the gig you can still donate to GBC directly: greenandblackcross.org/
Thanks to Gosia O’Hooligan for the photo.
The Pukes are proud to announce that we are taking part in an anti-racism event which includes uke workshops and a punk gig in London on 2nd November.
The day starts at T Chances, Tottenham with a family-friendly Halloween party in the afternoon. Entertainment includes Cake For Breakfast kids’ band, face painting, disco, fancy dress – and ukulele workshops by The Pukes. Entry is £3.
All proceeds from the day go to Green and Black Cross who who give practical and legal support for protesters. The grassroots project has supported thousands of people from many backgrounds in their rebellions and protests, including the 286 anti-racist protesters who were arrested while trying to prevent the English Defence League march through Tower Hamlets last month. With the police cracking down on protests on a massive scale they are busy and need dosh! Come down and show your solidarity!
T Chances Saturday 2 November 2013
399 High Road, Tottenham, London N17 6QN
Halloween party 3.30pm-6pm
Beginners Uke Workshop 4pm
Intermediate Uke Workshop 5.30pm
To guarantee a place on the uke workshops please paypal £3 to email@example.com
LEFT FOR DEAD, DREAD MESSIAH, THE PUKES, BOTTLEJOB
Tuesday, 31 December 2013 00:00
94 Middlesex Street, London E1 7DA
The Pipeline in association with Daggers Punk present Hard Skin, The Pukes and The Reverends. This will be a NYE Party to remember. Expect drink deals and some free T shirts. We open the doors to the basement at 8pm and will party till we had enough!
Tickets only £10