Pop, Punk, Rock, Roots
The Clash, Rancid, The Jam, Royal Headache, Bruce Springsteen
Luke Yeoward Aaron Richards Brodie Richards
Despite the multitude of ways the genre has been disputed and diluted, the spirit of punk rock has always remained, at its core, a state of mind. A conviction and attitude staunchly embedded in the soul that even the headiest of adult responsibilities cannot drown out.
When King Cannons formed in 2007, lead singer and guitarist Luke Yeoward deliberately tried to push the musical boundaries beyond their punk rock upbringing. With high rotation on triple j, festival tours, plus national and international tours with the likes of The Living End, Shihad and The Broilers to name a few, the band soon became one of the hottest entities in Australasia; their blue collar rock anthems translating in a huge way with audiences. Alas, all good things must surely come to an end.
When Luke quit music indefinitely and moved to New Zealand in favour of forming a family, punk rock was the furthest thing from his mind. But the spirit of the genre had long ago permeated the singer /songwriter and it was mere months after the move that the idea of playing fast and hard couldn’t be shaken.
Now back in Melbourne Australia, casual jam sessions with brothers Rich and Hank Richards (bass/drums) ensued, and the chemistry was immediate. Punk rock came naturally to them, and suddenly things fell into place.
And so The 131’s were formed. Not on purpose and certainly not with any game plan. Just to play, enjoy it, and remember the spirit and simplicity of the genre that had for so long eluded Yeoward’s musical output.
Within three months of formation, The 131’s had a set list and a signature sound. A fiery but incredibly fun flashback that a punter was once overheard describing as 'Bruce Springsteen singing for Rancid’.