Streaming this on my site because this album rules and maybe it will come out on vinyl...
Hailing, for the most part, from Croydon and nearby, Wonk Unit are the brain and love-child of Alex Johnson, singer/songwriter/guitarist/keen drinker extraordinaire. Ably accompanying him on this record are drummer Adam Stone and, for the first eight tracks, a certain Duncan Redmonds, mainstay of the legendary Snuff and still occasional live drummer, when the need arises. They've also been rejoined by one-time bassist Pwosion Pwosion (sic, according to their Facebook page at least) since this release which gives them a stable and very entertaining gigging line-up.
The introduction and build-up is nothing compared to the record, which is an absolute breath of fresh air in an age where identikit bollocks bands spring up ninety to the dozen.
Taking an undeniable influence for the aforementioned Snuff, there's some great music and songcraft running right through this album, from the agi-punk of opener 'Guts' to the Jam-esque inflections of 'Different'. Johnson's lyrical delivery is very much in the manner of storytelling to music and as such makes the songs captivating listening.
There's also such a raw, genuine feel to the songs that they'll be under your skin before you know it. Remember what it was like when you first heard bands like The Ruts, The Undertones and China Drum? Get ready for that feeling again. As a Hammond Organ refrain gives way to 'Always The Same', you'll feel it's like an old friend who's just popped round to get pissed-up with you and I defy anyone to not have a warm, fuzzy feeling after giving 'Los Angeles' a few hundred spins. All in all, this really is a corking collection of songs, played by people with the essence of independent music in their veins.
As the album careers through its sixteen tracks you realise that they probably don't have a duffer in them and tracks like 'Running', the storming 'Bleed With You' and melancholic closer 'One For The Mrs' maintain the ludicrously high standard to the very last note.
. An absolute diamond in the dog turd that modern music can be.
released 25 August 2012
Alex Johnson, Duncan Redmonds, Adam Stone, Pwosion Pwosion
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