Punk Rock Factory // It’s Just A Stage We’re Going Through // Album Review
Ever since seeing Punk Rock Factory at Bloodstock, I’ve been slightly obsessed with them and their incredible ability to turn Disney and TV theme songs into pop punk masterpieces. When I heard that they were bringing out a new album of reworked musical hits, I knew I had to hear it. It’s been a few years since the band released a new album and the build-up for this release has been everywhere from Facebook to TikTok to get fans excited about this latest album, ‘Its Just a Stage, We’re Going Through”.
Starting with one of the biggest musical hits of the last 10 years, the band’s cover of “Rewrite the Stars” from The Greatest Showman is an excellent opening track. However, it’s their version of Hamilton’s “You’ll Be Back” that will really get you excited. It’s a perfect blend of that theatrical feel that musicals have with a rock edge that have you tapping along in seconds. With lots of different shows to choose from the band have pulled together everything from classics like Wicked’s “Defying Gravity” to the more modern “City of Stars” from La La Land. It’s with an old favourite of “I Dreamed A Dream” however that showcases the talent that these guys have as they turn one of the saddest musicals into a fast and upbeat pop-punk song. Rather than sobbing into tissue you’re now bouncing and rocking out! The reworked version of “Shallow” from A Star Is Born does keep a little of the slower pace of the original yet fits perfectly with the driving riff. Ending the album with “I Follow Him” from Sister Act the band keeps some of that higher power feel to the song while throwing a powerful guitar riff behind it that you can still rock out and will no doubt work great live as a sing-along hit.
There has been a surge over the past few years of reworking classic songs, especially Disney songs into punk rock versions. Punk Rock Factory have been there and done that so this development into musicals is the perfect next step for these guys. As with everything they’ve converted so far, this is just another masterpiece and these new songs will no doubt fit perfectly into their live show which will be on tour later this year.
Review: Emmie Ellis
1 Rewrite The Stars (The Greatest Showman)
2 You’ll Be Back (Hamilton)
3 Waving Through A Window (ft. Jeff Stinco – Simple Plan) (Dear Evan Hansen)
4 December 1963 (Oh What A Night!) (Jersey Boys)
5 Defying Gravity (Wicked)
6 I Dreamed A Dream (Les Miserables)
7 City Of Stars (La La Land)
8 Mamma Mia (Mamma Mia)
9 Shallow (A Star Is Born)
10 You’re The One That I Want (Grease)
11 I Will Follow Him (Sister Act)
The group will pack in 12 UK shows in Oct/Nov 2023 on the ‘It’s Just A Stage We’re Going Through’ Tour, in support of their new album. Special guests at those dates are Adam & The Metal Hawks, plus a DJ set from Matt Stocks. Younger fans will be delighted that the majority of the Oct/Nov dates are aged 8+ (under 14s must be accompanied, under 16s in Brighton), with just Bristol and Norwich shows aged 14+. They’ve also restocked the merch in their webstore, with sizes now ranging from age 3 up to adult size 5XL.
Here are all the UK/Ireland headline dates to catch PUNK ROCK FACTORY at present:
‘Punk Rock Factory’s Excellent Adventure’ Tour:
WITH SAY IT ANYWAY AND A DJ SET FROM SEAN SMITH (THE BLACKOUT):
WITH CROWN THE KING: Fri 31st Mar – DUBLIN The Academy Green Room Sat 1st Apr – BELFAST Limelight 2 (SOLD OUT)
‘It’s Just A Stage We’re Going Through’ Tour: NEW SHOWS WITH ADAM & THE METAL HAWKS AND A DJ SET FROM MATT STOCKS: Thu 19th Oct – BRISTOL SWX Fri 20th Oct – GLASGOW O2 Academy Sat 21st Oct – NEWCASTLE University Sun 22nd Oct – SHEFFIELD O2 Academy 2 Tue 24th Oct – NORWICH Epic Studios Wed 25th Oct – BRIGHTON Concorde 2 Fri 27th Oct – OXFORD O2 Academy Sat 28th Oct – LEEDS Uni Stylus Sun 29th Oct – LONDON O2 Academy Islington Wed 1st Nov – SOUTHAMPTON 1865 Fri 3rd Nov – MANCHESTER O2 Ritz Sat 4th Nov – BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute
For a full list of all performances, including festivals already confirmed for 2023, or to get tickets/more info, please visit www.punkrockfactory.com.
You might have also caught them on TV recently, appearing on ITV2’s ‘Don’t Hate The Playaz’ show, performing some classic hip hop/grime songs in a pop punk style for the celebrity panel! Is there anything they can’t tackle? They’re currently taking no-holds-barred song requests from fans via their social media, and posting the resulting new videos throughout the week!