Melodic Punk Fun Guaranteed
Wonk Unit, Dim Prospects
Arena Wien – Dreiraum, Austria 20220502
Many people are walking the streets to the Arena this Monday. For most of them, the reason is Lola Marsh, coming from Israel, like Melechesh who appear at Escape on Wednesday with Irdorath. But for some others, the target is the Dreiraum, where the sound of the Dead Kennedys from the Beisl is the perfect preparation.
This is because tonight two appealing Punk outfits will make the heads and hearts move. Number one is Dim Prospects. Just recently, they played at Venster99 with desolat. Having the first slot, they re-arranged the setlist a bit. „Headlights and Black Spots“ comes on fourth place already. Again we hear „Smile“ and their direct lyrics like „Eight Million Shitheads Can’t Be Wrong“ on topics like ‚Schwurbler‘, class society, haircuts and war. Their very uncompromising yet melodic songs are a great support for the following.
The London-based formation Wonk Unit was touring with their „Pwosion Idea, Feel The Wonkness“-compilation at Graf Hugo in 2016 and have been very productive since then. Their latest „Uncle Daddy“ is surprisingly aggressive, but singer Alex also talks about some tough times. Still fun and irony are main elements of the Wonk live action and lyrics like in „Horses“. Vez on keys sings two songs as well, and more highlights are „Day Job Wanker“, „Disco Fever“ and the final „Stigmata“. At a point, Alex also comes down from stage to dance with some of his guests directly. Mostly he ends the songs with a satisfied „Nice!“ On stage looks like the place where he belongs, telling his stories and jokes and crunching down to scream out loud.
Wonk Unit „would never aks for […] endorsement. Wonk only go where we are wanted and appreciated.“ With this philosophy, catchy tunes and honest shows, they have built their base. And with Dim Prospects before, this wonderful evening was already guaranteed.