RUNK is comprised of Jacob Pugh (rapper), Tom Bruckner (guitar), Harry Johnson (bass) & Matt Murray (drums/vocals). We are all from different parts of South West Victoria but mostly rehearse/hang out in Warrnambool.
Briefly tell us the story behind your band and how long you’ve been making music and writing songs?
A few of us had known each other prior to the band forming, but we came together as a group in February, 2016. None of us went to the same school but we all did VET Music in Warrnambool and we’d jam on a Thursday during class. We initially had a Swiss exchange student (shout out Yannick) on drums, but he quickly pissed off back home, so we got our favourite dart punching, skin basher on board in June.
What are your band’s musical influences? Have they evolved from when the band first started out?
Our key influences as a band would be Arctic Monkeys, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Sticky Fingers, The Smith Street Band, Kendrick Lamar & Rage Against The Machine. We all fuck with a diverse range of stuff individually and that inspires our styles.
Which Regional Final did you win, and how was the FReeZA Push Start competition experience for you all?
We won the regional heat in Torquay and the overall experience was pretty dope. We had a solid crowd reception which is always the most rewarding part of a gig. Not really sure of the prize packs for this year, but if they’re similar to previous years, some equipment so we don’t have to keep borrowing stuff to rehearse lol. Also, that free wardrobe so all the boys can look phresh.
What were your favourite songs or albums for 2016? What music are you most looking forward to next year?
Jacob – Song of 2016 – ‘Real’ – Lil Durk, Album of 2016 – Malibu – Anderson Paak, Tom – Song of 2016 – Season 2, Episode 3 – Glass Animals, Album of 2016 – A Moon Shaped Pool – Radiohead Harry – Song of 2016: Death To The Lads – The Smith Street Band, Album of 2016 – WACO – Violent Soho Matt – Song of 2016 – Outside – Catfish & The Bottlemen, Album of 2016 – Bamp Bope – Bamp Bope. Albums we’re looking forward to: new Gorilaz, new Smith Street, Bandana- Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, all the new King Gizzard projects.
Where have you performed? What are your favourite shows to play at?
In 2016, we performed all over Victoria, mainly in the South West, but we also branched out to Ballarat, Footscray & held down a set at the Queenscliff Music Festival. The Karova (Ballarat) has always shown mad love on the two occasions when we’ve performed there, particularly most recently, when we played a support slot before the Winfield boys. We’ve also got some hectic memories opening for the likes of The Bennies & The Hard Aches in our hometown of Warrnambool at The Loft.
If you had unlimited amounts of money, what would be your dream gig or tour?
We’d tour with Radiohead, Rage Against The Machine, Sticky Fingers & Tech N9ne, playing shows all over the world (the US & Europe would be sweet in particular) to wicked crowds in good venues.
What’s the plan for your band in 2017, what will you be doing or working on?
I’ve (Jacob) still got to contend with year 12, but all the other fellas are finished school so they will be entering full time work as part of their respective gap years. During next year our aim is to play as many shows as possible throughout Victoria, and interstate if possible, and put out another project.
Where can fans find out more about you and upcoming shows?
Like RUNK on Facebook: facebook.com/runkadelic
Check out the official music video for ‘Yeti’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhqhdnptwPo