Porkers story starts in 1985, in the East coast Australian city
of Newcastle, 2 rude boys, Pete and Sean decide in a drunken stupor,
after the demise of some of their favourite Australian ska bands,
that they would start a band. The fact that neither of them could
play an instrument didn't seem like an obstacle, and they set out
to find local musicians to back their all-singing, all-dancing show.
2 years later, Sean has lost interest
and pursued a career as a lighting technician, and Pete has finally
got a competent line-up together and The Pork Hunts were set to
play their first show, which was also planned to be their last as
most of the musos were on 'loan'. Some skinhead friends were set
to have a house demolishing party at the same time (as their rental
property was earmarked for development), so to coincide with the
local international surfing event -'Surf fest', a party was set
on a November Saturday of 1987, in the beach side suburb of Bar
Beach, 'Ska Fest' was here!
The party went amazingly well,
with much drinking and dancing taking place, very few injuries (except
for the head-banger who let loose with a bottle of tomato sauce
in the kitchen), and a great after party bonfire on the beach with
various parts of the house.
The line-up for the first gig was as follows-
Pete Cooper - vocals
Phil 'Bigfil' Barnard - sax
Richard 'Pucko' Puxty - guitar
Tomi Kefichek - bass
Donny Anarchy - drums
Everyone had such a good time at the party, the Pork Hunts were
encouraged to do another gig, and then another, by the fourth gig,
Rodney 'Rocket' Palmer had taken over the beating of the drums.
Soon the 'Hunts were playing far and wide with word spreading of
their energetic live show. In 1990, it was time for a name change,
with the one club in Newcastle that they regularly played at closing
its doors out of necessity they became The Porkers.
The road since then has been long
and winding, with lots of great and other stupid things happening,
and many line-up changes. To make this story short, here in point
form is a few of the achievements and great opportunities that have
come the Porkers way-
1989 - the only recording released
under the Pork Hunts name, a demo of 'Woman' is released world-wide
by Link records UK on the compilation 'Ska for ska's sake'.
1990 - the debut 7" EP -'Tired
of being Pork Hunts' reaches #6 on the Australian indie charts.
1994 - release of debut album 'Grunt!'
to rave reviews, Chris Masuak from Radio Birdman records and plays
with us. Later that year the album is licence to Moonska records
in New York.
1995 - tour Germany and New Zealand.
1996 - tour Australia opening for
No Doubt, and Fishbone. Play Homebake festival.
1997 - appear at the Big Day Out
and Livid festivals. Porker’s brass section play on Rancid’s
demos for 'Life wont wait' album. Close alls festival playing after
Pennywise on NYE.
1998 - play on the Australian leg
of the Vans Warped tour, later that year open for the Mighty Mighty
Bosstones and Rancid. Release second album 'Hot dog daiquiri', licensed
to Moonska USA.
1999 - invited to play Vans Warped
in Australia and accept the invitation to appear at Vans Warped
USA, appearing alongside Eminem, Ice T, Blink 182, etc.
Play to a full house at Bostons 'Middle East club' with the Slackers
and Bim Skala Bim, next night play in NewYork with Laurel Aitken.
Headline the second stage at Homebake festival, just before Silverchair.
2000 -release 'Time will tell'
album, the single 'Too big for your boots' gets play-listed by Triple
J radio network.
2001 - The Porkers bring Bad Manners
to Australia for the first time for the Heavyweights tour. The tour
breaks door and bar records! Next single off 'Time will tell' -
'Waiting for us' remixed by New Zealand's Salmonelladub is play-listed
2002 - The Porkers celebrate 15
2003 - The line-up is
Pete Cooper - vocals
Phil 'Bigfil' Barnard - sax
Rodney 'Rocket' Palmer - drums
David 'Gutsy' Gale - guitar
Jeremy 'Dr. J' Griffiths - trumpet
Lucian 'Lou' McGuiness - trombone
2007 - Release the 'Persistence Is Futile' DVD
2014 - Set to return to tour nationally as part of the Soundwave Festival.
THE PORKERS ROLL OF HONOUR.
We've had many members that have made up the Porkers family, here's
a list of past members and guests, what they played and other bands
they were or are in.
Donny Anarchy - drums -The Marones, Skazoo, Cash from Chaos.
Tomi Kefichek - Bass - The Marones, Headbin.
Richard 'Pucko' Puxty - guitar - The Maroons, Headbin, The Pornskas.
David Kelly - Trumpet, Keyboards - Eskagoes, 8 beat menace.
Robert 'Tess' Tickle - Trombone - Eskagoes, 8 beat menace, Loose,
Tony 'Big T' Collins - bass - Bouncing Soles, Skazoo.
James Davis - Keyboards - Raiding Party.
Kim Pink - sax - Vegimite Reggae, Fish Fry.
Ian Dunn - guitar - Eskagoes, 8 beat menace, Housequake, Fish Fry.
Lloyd - sax - Housequake
John McIvor - guitar - Boogie Chillin.
Shane Simmonds - sax - Natural Mystics
Paul Woseen - bass - the Screaming Jets.
Chris Masuak - guitar - Radio Birdman
Chris Fegan - guitar - Casulty.
Pedro 'Prof. Sex Peter' - sax - Skaos.
Dave Power - guitar - Cranky, The Bored of Education.
Martin McLaughlin - trumpet - Bouncing Soles, Vegimite Reggae.
Ben Coles - sax - Skazoo.
Wayne - trombone - Blowhard.
Nicola - trumpet -Blowhard.
Ben 'Dutchy' Holland -bass - Chinchen.
Fred Feletti - percussion, vocals - Natural Mystics.
Tara Doyle - vocals - The Bored of Education.
The Porkman - beer & moves -Parts unknown.