Meet The Pukes – Catchy as Hell 50s Inspired Punk Rock

There was an episode of the storied Milwaukee-set sitcom Happy Days where The Fonz jumped 14 garbage cans on his motorcycle, it was crazy. The crowd held their breath as The Fonz flew through the air and crashed into the fried chicken stand.

In my world The Fonz made the jump and there was an after-party where The Pukes brought the beer and rocked the parking lot.

Milwaukee punks The Pukes play catchy as hell 50s inspired punk rock in a similar bucket as Hunx and His Punx but a little more rockin’, like the snotty offspring of Eddie Cochran and Glen Danzig (not sure how that happens but whatever).

They’ve only been around since 2015 – releasing a single and an EP and now their debut “The Revenge of The Pukes” – 10 or so cuts of frantic doo-wop garage boogie rock and roll.

This is the kind of record where it’s impossible to pick a favorite song. It’s the kind of record you put on at a party and everyone’s dancing and chugging beers about two minutes in.

We caught up with the boys for a Q&A.

Jules Frank – Guitar/Vox
Ryan King – Drums
Sam Sharkey – Bass

Tell us about your hometown scene…
A. Dad Rock. Everywhere.

Describe your sound as a cocktail – what would it be called and what would be in it?
A. Young Dumb and Full of Cum / ⅔-virgin tears, ⅓ -super gnarly demon jizz

Describe a Pukes band rehearsal….
A. We work on songs we wrote

If you could pick any time and place to travel back to for music, where would you go and what year would it be….?
A. Woodstock 1999. Back when music was music.

If you could tour with any band/artist right now who would that be and why?
A. Taylor Swift. Cuz $$$

Give us your 10 song playlist for the tour van/bus/plane?
A. Rocket to Russia. The whole damn thing. The whole damn time.

When you’re not playing and have some time off, where could we find you…
A. Gym. Spray tan. Laundromat.

What’s up for the rest of 2017?
A. Gym. Spray tan. Laundromat.



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Domestic now, but spent early to late 80s playing drums in a hair metal band in Toronto. Since then I've lost the hair and have found new ways to scratch the rock and roll itch.

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