The Porkers (AUS)
The Porkers are an infamous, energetic band from Newcastle Australia that play a frantic mix of Jamaican ska & reggae infused with thumping punk rock.
First appearing in 1987, after touring the world for years, they have been resting on their laurels (& hardy’s) for the last few years, gathering strength…..
The 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.