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Portrait of DonkeyPunk


About DonkeyPunk

Auckland, New Zealand

DonkeyPunk was formed in early 2006 from the ashes of several burnt out bands whose futures were becoming increasingly uncertain. Consisting of Sam Polwart (vocals), Peter Rowlands (lead guitar), Richard Hurliman (rhythm guitar), Alan Grainger (bass) and Logan Wedgwood (drums) - DonkeyPunk is an energetic, spontaneous and fast-paced rock band with a punk twist, whose unmatched enthusiasm is taking the music world by storm

After seven months of intensive writing and rehearsal, the bands first performances at The Kings Arms Tavern and then The Studio in Auckland were a phenomenal success, well-received by fans and other music professionals alike. A collection of shows since then have seen their burgeoning fan-base continue to grow, as well as the respect from other talented bands they have had the honor to play with

DonkeyPunk has a vision of conquering the global music scene with a powerful intensity - intensity being one thing that these boys have no shortage of. Anyone who has seen them play comments on the unrivaled energy that is a cornerstone of DonkeyPunk’s live shows. On stage, their performance is unmatched, combining acrobatic visuals with music that is not only impressive in both melody and technique, but has an infectious bounce quality that won’t leave your head for days

All of DonkeyPunk’s members have vast previous experience in the music industry and contribute to creating the dynamic sound DonkeyPunk is becoming known for. One thing they all share in common however, is their trademark hard-working attitude and dedication to their dream. Although relatively new on the scene, DonkeyPunk exhibit a professionalism and talent that is hard to beat

Summer 2007 saw the first phase of the ‘DonkeyPunk explosion’ as the band released their first single: the infectious Summer anthem ‘You’re Yuck’. A raw, edgy and unorthodox pop track that was a fitting introduction for a band that refuses to work any other way than their own. Both the single and corresponding music video were entirely self-financed, true to form from a band that is dedicated to creating their own opportunities in a fiercely competitive and oversaturated music scene

Continuing to build on the momentum of their first single’s release, DonkeyPunk embarked on an entirely self-funded and self-managed national touring schedule, the hectic line up of dates saw DonkeyPunk showcasing their vivid stage show in some of the greatest venues in the country. Here they were able to reach a wider variety of fans and prove that they are not only gifted songwriters, but also an energetic and powerful live act capable of entertaining anyone

Following that, DonkeyPunk released their second single 'Missconception' in April 2007. Whereas the first single was pop with a punk twist, the second 'Missconception' is more epic rock ballad. Stronger and reflective of a more soulful side to the band. It carries another positive and inspiring message

As far as things go, there is so much more in the pipeline for this talented group. DonkeyPunk have been working hard to record their debut album, which is due for release mid-October. Following that, they are scheduling an Australian Tour for Summer 07/08. Without a doubt this band is, and will continue to be, one to look out for

Keep up to date on their progress, up and coming events and pictures on their website Have your say, let them know what you think


Reviews & Testimonials

"Are you searching for a live band with energy and bounce that will leave you craving for more? Then look no further... Massive songs and a huge stage presence have already helped create real excitement about this band- Dont miss them!"-The Truth Magazin

"Everyone should sit up and take notice of this band; they're doing great things... Ill be looking for a diverse and origional album from D.P... Something very enjoyable"-Feed The Band.or


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