Pucko and Wal from The Pornskas dropped into the ABC Newcastle studio yesterday to chat to Paul Bevan about their entry to ABC Exhumed - a band competition for the best bands you've never heard of.
ABC Open is picking up some video interviews with bands, and shots from all the towns around Australia where bands are entering, so it's been fun to work with the Local Radio teams.
As you can read at the Pornskas Triple J Unearthed page the band was 'formed by Richard Puxty, Andrew Wallace and Anthony Dean in 2000'.
"We play original tunes to an offbeat rhythm," the profile says.
"Nearly all our tunes are about girls or beer or girls and beer. Song titles include: 'Victim of my own penis'; 'Alcohol'; 'My girlfriend is a beer'; 'Pants' and 'Chicken Wing'.
Guitarist and vocalist Pucko told ABC Newcastle's Paul Bevan that the band came together 'when I moved next door to Andrew' in the harbour-side suburb of Carrington.
Wal told Paul that he and Pucko thought they would form a band playing 'island music' - hence the ska influence - because they were living in a suburb surrounded by water. The deadpan comedic delivery is a hallmark of the band.
ABC Exhumed is a band competition 'not for has beens, not for wanna bes, it's for the never weres', which isn't strictly true for Pucko and Wal, who are both mainstays of the Newcastle live music scene.
However, as the pair points out, Pornskas are not a money-making venture, which means they're AOK for Exhumed.
The group sticks close to inner city Newcastle venues including Wickham, Islington, Carrington and occasionally they even venture as far afield as Maitland, about 40kms west of the city centre.
"We don't rehearse, but we do perform about three or four times a year," says Wal.
So how does this laidback approach to writing and performing pan out for the band members?
"I teach the lines to Wal and, just before we go on stage, Wal teaches the new lines to the other two (members)(on trumpet and saxophone - and a few gigs later (the songs) do sound okay," says Pucko.
Exhumed entries for the Newcastle and Hunter region are starting to flow in, but it's not too late to enter. The deadline for entries has been extended to Monday, July 22.
And conditions of entry have been changed, so it's now no longer compulsory to upload a two minute video, however it is still advantageous for bands to do so.
In Newcastle a local winner will be announced at a live concert - featuring selected entrants - to be staged by ABC Local Radio at the Hexham Bowling Club on Wednesday, August 7.
To enter go to abc.net.au/exhumed - go on, you know you want to!