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Pkew Pkew Pkew to get Steamy!

Pkew Pkew Pkew bring their wild show to Newcastle as they headline an amazing line-up at Head of Steam on 6th March, with Eat Defeat & Aerial Salad.


There might have been a time when Toronto’s Pkew Pkew Pkew were the sort of punk band who revelled, unquestioningly, in the grimy chaos of the mosh pit, or an up-until-the-sun bender, or a skate session in an abandoned pool. But things have changed: the pit started to feel more like a workout, the bender gave way to a crushing hangover, and someone broke their wrist in that abandoned pool. That doesn’t mean that Mike Warne (guitars/vocals), Ryan McKinley (guitars/vocals), Emmett O’Reilly (bass/vocals) and David Laino (drums) will stop doing these things; it just means they realize they’re not good for them. So why don’t they stop?

Their new material doesn’t offer any solutions, but instead catalogues these behaviours with unflinching clarity and precision. Warne writes in the same tongue as plot-driven realists like The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn, not trading in metaphors or coded language but in undressed, literalist narratives over Pkew’s supercharged twin-guitar crunch. In the spring of 2017, Finn himself came up to workshop songs with the band in Toronto. “You know in school when you can hand your work in early, and the teacher will read it and give it back to you, and then you can really hand it in? It was kinda like that,” grins Warne.

Pkew Pkew Pkew have been on this beat for a while. They’ve opened on cross-continental runs with Anti-Flag and The Flatliners, headlined dates across North America, Europe and the U.K., and become mainstays at punk festivals like Montreal’s Pouzza Fest and Gainesville blowout The Fest. Along the way, they’ve accrued a loyal fanbase of both “sports dads and young kids that wanna drink and barf on each other,” Warne laughs. While their 2016 self-titled debut angled more towards the minutiae of the late-20s punk life, their new material steps back to look at the root causes.

“Is this good or is this bad?” Warne ponders of the lifestyle Pkew sings about. “It’s fun to live like an idiot, but it’s probably bad, also. We’re all constantly wondering if we’ve ruined our lives forever or not, being in a band.”

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Eat Defeat are 4 guys from Leeds, UK, blending a shared love of pop music, fast skate punk and upbeat pop punk to create high energy melodic songs.

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To kick the night off, we welcome the Salford Rascals, Aerial Salad.
The bois, will be kicking out tracks from their debut album Roach.
Roach was released in November of 2017 and stole a place in the hearts and top ten lists of the UK punk scene ‘ Roach stands tall against many more experienced bands and is up there with Iron Chic and The Smith Street Band in terms of 2017’s quality releases. That’s a pretty mighty achievement’ – Shout louder zine
A remarkable debut, a memory regained on how Punk used to be’ – Liverpool sound and vision The album helped Aerial Salad get on tours and bills with the likes of, Beach Slang, Wonk Unit, Rebellion Festival(2), Manchester Punk Festival Wonk Fest(2) and many many more they dipped their toes into the world of official spotify playlists too spending 9 months in ‘THE PUNK LIST’ along side genre giants Slaves and Idles.
As 2019 shows its face along with new drummer Matty ‘golden boy’ Mills Aerial salad are finally beginning to morph into one of the most exciting young Manchester bands the city has to offer. Now finally but only just out of their Teens The band has Begun work on their 2nd album Entitled Dirt Mall.

What a line up this is…..

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