Milwaukee-based band The Pukes is a prime example of the IDGAF attitude and non-conforming approach that characterizes rock and roll. The surf garage punk band showcased their grunge, upbeat sound this past weekend at Tasty Fest, the four day music and art festival in Riverwest, Milwaukee. While being a fairly new group, formed in 2015, the impromptu trio has an unmistakable stage presence and band identity. 'Murder', the opening song off their self-titled EP, uses surf rock rhythm, punk rock vocals, and fuzz box tones. Similar in style to what a Wavves-meets-Surfer Blood-meets-Mac Demarco band would be, the group incorporates grungier punk sound to the normally more up-toned genre.
Here's their mini autobiography to get a better idea of what to expect on stage: The Pukes came together during the spring of 2015 in a fit of spontaneity. Guitar player, Jules Frank, crawled from the swamps of Florida where he was raised by Alligators and relied heavily on the native gar fish and snails for sustenance. First meeting the often elusive Sam Sharkey (who was born on the set of a 70's porno in the late 80's, with hair on his chest, and rock'n roll in his loins) at the West Allis Karaoke State Championship, the two struck up an immediate musical kinship. Then, one night, Sam and Jules went to see the highly anticipated California Raisins reunion tour. As the show was going on, neither of the two couldn't keep their eyes off the drummer (and it wasn't because he was the only member of the band that wasn't a raisin). After the show, they made it backstage, approached him, and asked him if this gig was as sweet as it tastes. He said his name was Travis and went on to explain that every raisin in the band was addicted to Ketamine and strung out all the time, he said he was ready for a new gig before things got way out of control. And that, boys and girls, is how The Pukes came together.