Pkew Pkew Pkew are one the most criminally underrated bands in North America. Hailing from Toronto, this pop-punk 4-pack of party-loving delinquents have spent the better part of a decade relentlessly touring Canada, the US and Europe with bands like PUP, Reel Big Fish, The Flatliners and a bunch more. Their song “Mid 20s Skateboarder” was featured in the 2020 reboot of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2. They’ve appeared on Late Night With Seth Meyers and performed at Riot Fest. They’ve released a slew critically acclaimed albums and EPs on kickass labels like Side One Dummy, Dine Alone and Royal Mountain….and the list of accolades just keeps going. Basically they’re just rad af and you should be listening to them right now.
“We’re a gang of friends who turned hanging out into hanging out and writing songs.” – Mike Warne (vox/bass)
While their last album (Open Bar - Dine Alone 2022) was all about avoiding the Pandemic completely, their upcoming full-length “Siiick Days” is all about dealing with it. Recently restructured (Ryan left to go live in the mountains but remains a best bud and the wonderful Kate joined up), the band has crafted an incredibly thoughtful, cohesive, introspective and hilariously joyful album. Most of the songs were written in solitary moments walking to the grocery store, riding the subway or hanging out in the Farside bathroom. The opening track “The Dumbest Thing I Ever Done” is about Mike having to sell his Playstation after a particularly rough covid-plagued 2020 European tour, which sucked because the world was about to go into lockdown and no video games = no fun.
“The rest of the songs, since nothing was happening in the world, came from a place where I was forced to remember important events rather than live and write about them in the moment. Trooper is about getting dumped and not handling it well. Goodnights is about the shitty parts of the bar scene, which I missed like crazy at the time. Read Receipts is about those tough conversations and not wanting to deal with communication at all. John Buck was kind of kicking around for a long time. I hope it doesn’t make people sad, it’s actually a pretty happy song for me. And Hot Tub is about hanging out on tour with my best friends.” – Mike Warne
“Siiick Days” was recorded over ten days in Asbury Park by the awesome Pete Steinkopf from The Bouncing Souls. Pete’s a really cool dude (ask anyone) and has worked with The Menzingers, Dave Haus, The Love Ones, Crazy & The Brains and a bunch more, so you know the album sounds absolutely killer. With a worrisome amount of touring booked, a buttload of insane videos ready to go and a wicked album full of bangers in the pipe, Pkew3 are poised to go from underrated to overrated with any luck.
“I should also say, this is our best album. We all love it more than anything. It was nothing but joy to work on. May all your days be siiick.” – Mike W
From the press:
“Pkew Pkew Pkew craft no illusions about who they are and the type of music they make: their fast-paced barroom punk makes it clear that they hate rich kids and young professionals, and love slugging beers and hitting the local skatepark.”
– The Alternative
“…as cheeky and insulting as they get, as anti-social and condescending as some of their lyrics come off, this is punk at its most real.” – Punknews
“If you like Pkewx3 before, you still will, if you aren’t familiar, then allow us to help. Somewhere in the venn diagram between Gaslight Anthem, The Strokes, Weezer and The Hold Steady, there they sit.” – Maximum Volume Mag
“Pkew Pkew Pkew expertly balances feelings of reminiscence and loss of times and struggles older, and if I daresay, simpler.” – The Spill Magazine