The Young Punx, a gang of musical miscreants, are a collective welcoming contributions and input from all sides. With electronica firmly at the core they amalgamate it into the next level of mash-up culture music, both original and resolutely accessible. Owners of maybe the only studio where a speed metal guitarist, a leading underground dance producer, a top US rapper from Memphis, a brit-punk singer, an opera singer, a brass band and a couple of DJ’s all meet, make music together and enjoy a drink afterwards.
Spokesman and glue of the group, Hal Ritson, describes The Young Punx sound as “Mashpop and Punkstep” and this is the name of their second album, due out early next year. Starting life as producers, remixers and DJs, The Young Punx have developed a reputation for pioneering new sounds and not being afraid to break the rules – one minute producing filthy electro, the next recording a twenty piece live brass section and then cutting and mashing it up in the studio. Fans have learnt to expect the unexpected from The Young Punx and their fresh approach and wit has won them a strong and loyal global following.
Their pop culture mentality has seen them catch the headlines in mainstream media as diverse as The Sun, The Mirror, La Stampa and even the BBC’s Newsnight! Coverage spear-headed by a flurry of media interest around their remix of the BBC Shipping Forecast, and a video starring The Mighty Boosh’s Mike Fielding (Naboo) as break dancing fisherman. The track created such a stir that it was even featured on Newsnight and on Radio 4 helping to raise the groups profile ahead of their 2007 debut album ‘Your Music Is Killing Me’.
Much more than just pop culture commentators, The Young Punx debut album further cemented their reputation as go-to men for innovative, boundary-crossing music, the videos clocking up millions of hits on YouTube and tracks providing the backing in TV shows ranging from Eastenders to Bionic Woman.
Universal appeal is something The Young Punx have always demonstrated, with their music finding a welcoming home in a number of unusual places. Forthcoming single ‘Ready For The Fight’ is the entry music of choice for IBF Middleweight World Champion boxer Arthur Abraham, they have the computer game world on lock down with appearances on the likes of The Sims and FIFA and they have recently presented American Dance Idol Season 4 on Japanese TV!
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