Wonk Unit – ‘Mr Splashy’ (TNS Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Nev Brooks   
Friday, 07 October 2016 03:20

TNS055-Wonk-Unit-300x300Now, I have to admit I’m just a teeny bit biased towards Wonk Unit, having been well and truly “Wonked” since seeing them headline Slugfest 8 on a Friday night: to say they blew me away was an understatement. Since then, I’ve tracked down and traced the whole back catalogue. To put it in perspective: Slaves backed them on tour - and look what happened to them! I mean right place right time and all that! These guys deserve to be absolutely huge.


I put ‘Mr Splashy’ on wre-order as soon as it was announced, and received a rather fetching white vinyl copy to tease my stylus - and boy did it knock me sideways. Don’t go thinking it will be a straight follow up to ‘Nervous Racehorse’; it’s not: it’s different, showing a band growing and growing in confidence.


Opener ‘Awful Jeans’ nails it and you just know it’s going to be great, before ‘I Told Him So’ lifts it up another gear: 21st century punk be fucked! This is rock and roll of the highest order and there’s just no let up… ‘Bin Him’ raises it again, if that is possible: what an opening trio. It’s punk Jim but not as we know it!


Alex’s observations of life are really tearing the genre a new one. We’re allowed to breathe at this point, and the acoustic musings of “And You Call This Normal’ lull you into a false sense of security, until you listen to the lyrics. Next up, Silly Voices’ I remember taking the roof off the Dragonflii about two weeks ago and on vinyl it doesn’t disappoint: love it.


Then we move up yet another gear with ‘Owen Meany’ heavy duty punk noise, before ‘Je M’Appelle Alex’ gets a rework: Christ this is powerful, standing out from anything out there on the market at the moment. By this time, I’m bouncing around the room with a great big smile on my face: this LP should be top of everybody’s LP of the year list - or at least fighting with the Barstool Preachers debut offering for the privilege.


The genre continues to be rewritten as ‘Ode To Summer’ tears out of the traps, before ‘Pale Moonlight’ takes it in a very different direction. There are lots more on this LP but do you know what? I’m not going to write them up one by one. There is not a weak track here. Period.


Get yourself well and Truly WONKED and get on the TNS Records website, lets get these guys out there into the collective consciousness, get the “Uber Approved” stamp on this fucker in triplicate!


‘Mr Splashy’ is out now. You can get your copy HERE.