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Punketronic is a Bristol based indie rock band formed by songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Paul Tronic. Made up of band mates of 20 years from covers bands, the four of us present a fusion of new wave, synth pop and rock. We are influenced by The Killers , Steriophonics, David Bowie, Coldplay, Roxy Music, Talking Heads, Joy Division, The Sex Pistols, The Beatles, Magazine, Simple Minds, The Velvet Underground, Kraftwerk, Jean Michel Jarre
There are a lot of emerging artists in the UK right now. What sets you apart from the rest?
What sets us apart from the rest - Good Songs! I have to be honest, there is not much about the current music scene that excites me and although I am always listening and searching for new artists, I seem to end up playing older stuff. If we have a strength, it is that we have good songs that resonate.
Our 1st release, Hello Mr Moonlight is my thank you to David Bowie; For showing me that it is ok and cool to be different and for all of the great inspiring and uplifting music that he gave us. I listened to Lazarus on the day it was issued, and was stunned to hear a couple of days later that he had died. Like a lot of his fans, I went through a period where I played a lot of his stuff straight after, and Hello Mr Moonlight came out fully formed. It probably took an hour to work it all out and write the lyrics. It’s basically me trying to write a Bowie song.
What are you working on at the moment?
We have a track called Planet B completed and will be releasing this at the beginning of August. This is about the 7 days that God took to create the Earth, and how we are screwing it up. There is No Planet B! We have a whole load of songs almost ready and will be working through them with the aim of releasing a song every 2 months. After Planet B will be a song called Turn On The Radio, which is about how music has been devalued. I think its probably the best thing we have done, or at least its a firm favourite in rehearsals at the moment.
What's the first song you remember hearing?
SOS by ABBA. Its so melancholy yet strangely uplifting that I can still remember where I was when I 1st heard it - out with my brother in his Ford Capri. He was a big ABBA fan
You're in a Karaoke Bar - What's your go to song?
Its got to be Mr Brightside
What was the first gig you went to?
Sparks at the Colston Hall in Bristol. My brother had a spare ticket as a mate of his let him down.
Which song do you wish you'd written?
This answer would change on a day by day or possibly hour by hour basis, but at this exact moment it would be Heroes by David Bowie. Ask me again tomorrow?
Which song changed your life?
Pretty Vacant by the Sex Pistols. Life was never the same after I realised that I could also pick up a guitar and form a band.
Which song would you like played at your funeral?
At the end of our gigs we sometimes play Frank Sinatras version of My Way. Everyone sings along and it deflates the evening perfectly. Yes, I know its a cliche, but its the number one funeral song for a reason. It means something different to everyone and I guess the common theme is that "I battled through and survived all the crap that life throws at you". So, it would have to be My Way. What a great song, and one that I would have loved to have written just for the sheer impact that it has on people, especially after they had had a few beers. Now I think of it, can I change my answer to the song you wish you had written?
What song is stuck in your head right now?
Again this changes constantly. Its often a new song that i'm writing that just plays on a loop in my head and eventually all the pieces of the puzzle come together. Today its Maximum Acceleration by Ultravox
What was the first Album you bought?
The Stranglers Rattus Norvegicus
Which song made you want to play music?
A difficult question for a music fan, because there are so many. Anything by Joy Division.