“We just felt as though we could do a better job ourselves”
We meet up with Matt and Dave of Deadpunk, to talk DIY beginnings and ten years of Bristol shows.
1. Deadpunk has become synonymous with punk, hardcore and ska over the last decade, how did it all start?
Ten years ago I was in a band and found it frustrating to be billed with bands that we had nothing in common with, and only being paid £1 for each flyer that had been brought in. Deadpunk was born because we just felt as though we could do a better job ourselves. At the time there was an ad on our college wall from a venue that had opened two months previous called The Croft, so I rang them up and the rest is history.
2. What are your highlights so far?
Being involved with putting on Lagwagon at The Thekla in June was special to me (Matt), growing up they were my favorite band – Prior to that show we had Joey Cape from Lagwagon play The Croft twice, and I had the opportunity to get up and play acoustic with him which was amazing. Other highlights of ours include Propagandhi, RX Bandits and AC4.
3. What motivates when you book shows? What’s the Deadpunk ethos?
We can’t really claim to be DIY promoters anymore, but we still try and approach our shows with this ethos, especially in our approach to taking care of bands. When we first started you had to go to Newport if you wanted to see any of the bands we were interested in, these days the majority of these bands are now playing in Bristol instead – we feel as though we’ve played a key role in making this happen.
4. This Bank Holiday Monday (27th Aug) sees Deadpunk taking over The Fleece, Stag & Hounds and The Exchange – What can people expect from the show?
Loads of really good punk / hardcore bands at a ridiculously cheap ticket price. If you wanted to see A Wilhelm Scream, Polar Bear Club, The Flatliners or This Is Hell play a headline show you would probably end up paying around a tenner, so £15 for 30 bands represents amazing value in our book. We enjoy working alongside the guys at The Fleece, who helped us program the HC Stage, and it’s exciting being the first people to use the space at The Exchange – it looks great down there, we really like multi-stage venues and The Exchange has three – we reckon it’s likely to make a great addition to Bristol’s already strong music scene.
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