Not Really For Punks
Who They Are: Punks Jump Up, or Joe and David
Where They’re From: England and Sweden, Based in London
Genre: Neon Dance Funk Rock Pop Goodness
When They Started: 2004
Most Similar: The Rapture, Parliament, occasionally Justice
The Sound: Dirty basslines in wayfarers
Punks Jump Up is a name — a damn good name in the scheme of band names — that bubbled up organically without any major promotion. Suddenly the UK/Swede dance duo was cropping up either in remix or straight duet form with the likes of Gossip, Crystal Castles, and most recently, Chromeo. Basically, there’s nothing that a cool moniker, a tight dance sound and a little Kitsuné rep can’t do for an emerging duo.
Since quietly dropping their first EP Be You (Beep Beep), Joe and David of Punks Jump Up have earned a rep for exquisite and stripped down dance beats coupled with neon fashion. Armed with their own colorful T-shirt line and a few funktastic anthems, these guys were tailor-made for the label Kitsune, so not surprisingly, the French label released their subsequent track “Dance To Our Disco” and “Blockhead.”
After building their singles and remix portfolio, Punks Jump Up recently dropped a bomb upon the earth in the form of “Mr. Overtime,” with Chromeo’s Dave1. Watch it below, and look out for more releases from these guys.