Wonk Unit Announce New Album Terror

Spearheaded by songwriter Alex Johnson, Wonk Unit are a punk rock band from South London, UK. Having formed in 2006, the band have built a reputation on the underground circuit as one of the most entertaining and successful DIY bands, with a relentless touring, recording and release schedule over the years.

Having done everything themselves, Wonk Unit have amassed a dedicated and loyal fanbase, throughout the UK, mainland Europe and the USA, which has culminated in the band selling 20,000+ copies of physical music.

Inspired by the mundane, frontman Alex Johnson, who speaks openly about his road to sobriety, is a recovering drug addict and alcoholic. Wonk Unit is Johnson’s release. Love, lust and extreme beauty.

“Every day of my life is a blessing. I never thought I would be here. Because of that,i’m happy. I’m a happy person. I guess, I’m prepared to do things that others won’t and i’ll finish them. I’m in it for the long game.

“Wonk Unit is my drink. All of my songs are my AA. I have to get these songs out of my soul. I’m writing for nobody else but me. I would be doing Wonk Unit even if nobody else cared.”

Not letting up, the band head in to the spring of 2018 with their 6th studio album, Terror and a relentless schedule of touring throughout the UK and mainland Europe. Full tour dates below.

Speaking on the new album, Johnson said “Honestly, I think it’s the best Wonk album to date. It reminds me of our earlier material. It feels like an album where we’ll play every track live. It has a fragility, it’s a melancholy record. You’ll find a bit of hope amongst the darkness too.” 

Terror is 12 slices of everyday life (and death), dealing with issues such as loyalty (‘Christmas In A Crack House’), jealousy (‘Flummoxed More Than Jealous’), trying to start a family (‘Hope’), insomnia (‘As The Rest Of The World Sleeps’), prescription drug addiction from injury (‘Ride It Out’) and love (‘Safe Place’), all shot through with Alex Brindle Johnson’s trademark brand of wide-eyed indignation, contempt, and brutal honesty – mixed-up with a liberal dose of black humour along the way.

Staying true to their DIY roots, Terror will be released through Johnson’s own Plasterer Records. 2018 will be another busy year for the DIY label, with releases from Pizzatramp and The Raging Nathans in the pipeline, following on from 2017’s The Dopamines and Aerial Salad releases.

Terror will be available on CD, Vinyl and all online platforms from the 20th April 2018.</strong

Wonk Unit
Wonk Unit

Wonk Unit are

Alex Johnson – Vocals
Pwosion – Bass
Kenny – Guitar
Tommy – Drums

Wonk Unit on tour:

30 MAR – Hastings, UK, Blackmarket VIP
31 MAR – Reading UK, Readipop
18 APR – London UK, Black Heart*
19 APR – London UK, Black Heart*
20 APR – Manchester UK, Manchester Punk Festival*
21 APR – Cardiff UK, Clwb Ifor Bach*
22 APR – Keighley UK, Exchange*
23 APR – Edinburgh UK, Bannermans*
24 APR – Inverness UK, The Tooth And Claw*
25 APR – Workington UK, Lounge 41*
26 APR – Sunderland UK, Independent*
27 APR – Nottingham UK, Maze*
28 APR – Stamford UK, Mama Liz’s*
29 APR – Grimsby UK, Yardbirds*
03 MAY – Feldkirch A, Graf Hugo+
04 MAY – Wels A, SBÄM Fest+
05 MAY – Zurich CH, Obenuse Festival+
06 MAY – Bern CH, Roesli+
07 MAY – Lugano CH, Casotto+
08 MAY – Salavaux CH, Le Trou+
09 MAY – München DE, Import Export+
10 MAY – Frankfurt/Main DE, Tiefengrund+
11 MAY – Bonn DE, Bla+
12 MAY – Karlsruhe DE, Alte Hackerei+
13 MAY – Braunschweig DE, B58+
02 JUN – Amsterdam NL, Rebellion Festival
22 JUN – Huddersfield UK, The Parish
23 JUN – Uttoxeter UK, The Old Star
30 JUN – Manchester UK, O2 Ritz
05 JUL – Zwickau DE, Störfaktor Festival
07 JUL – Hameln DE, K3
08 JUL – Hünxe DE, Ruhrpott Rodeo
13 JUL – Bath UK, Belvoir Castle
14 JUL – Wem UK, SBÄM Fest
15 JUL – Derby UK, The Hairy Dog
20 JUL – Cheltenham UK, Frog And Fiddle
21 JUL – Fleckney UK, Mayhem At Mick’s Festival
28 JUL – London UK, The Dome – Wonkfest
04 AUG – Blackpool UK, Rebellion Festival
10 AUG – Winchester UK, Boomtown

* w/ The Raging Nathans

+ w/ The Murderburgers

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About Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!
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