We Are The Uniom

Band Members:

Reed Wolcott - Vocals, Guitar
Brandon Benson - Bass, Vocals
Ricky Weber - Lead Guitar
Jim Margle - Drums
Mike Babcock - Trombones 

Unhappy with the current state of ska music, We Are The Union decided to stick out their own necks and tried to change things for the better in the summer of 2005. Getting a paycheck is not on their agenda. Instead of following typical ska punk conventions, WATU takes a harder-nosed approach to the genre. With influences ranging from Philadelphia/New Jersey favorites Lifetime and Kid Dynamite, and bands like Slapstick and This Is A Standoff, they rage with the best of them while still retaining a heightened sense of melody. Their love for fast music, horns and their incredibly short attention spans are a simple explanation for why WATU sound the way they do. Over the past two and a half years, they have also been incredibly hardworking. With nearly a dozen tours in the US and UK under their belt in this short span of time, they've now thrown caution to the wind and continue to be on the road full time. This will surely add to the list of heavy hitters they've shared the stage with that includes The Suicide Machines, The Mighty Mighty BossTones, Less Than Jake, Zebrahead, Strung Out, Rufio, Polar Bear Club, No Trigger, Banner Pilot, Shook Ones, Mustard Plug, Set Your Goals, The Flatliners, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Make Do And Mend, Spring Heeled Jack, Bomb! The Music Industry, The Aquabats, Four Year Strong, Such Gold, Fireworks, Hostage Calm, Transit, The Wonder Years, The Swellers, A Loss For Words, and Hellmouth. Their work ethic cannot just be applied to their tours either. Their first full-length 'Who We Are', self-released in the summer of 2007, was given away for free by the band via the Internet. Their generosity was met with a rapidly surging fan base and an offer to have the record released in Japan via InYaFace Records. Their expectations for the band are simple. They want to keep making music they love while touring relentlessly in order to provide people with a positive environment for fun and the venting of frustration. Paper + Plastick saw the youthful exuberance and the amount of integrity this young bunch of punks had and quickly wanted to become involved. 2010 brings the release of 'Great Leaps Forwards', the Billy Bragg-inspired new full length from We Are The Union. Already outselling their previous releases, WATU hit Canada and the US in support of “Great Leaps Forward” with Strung Out (Fat Wreck Chords) and Rufio in August and September before heading to the UK for dates with Less Than Jake and Zebrahead in November. The band spent the first quarter of 2011 writing and recording an EP at Drasik Studios in Chicago, IL for a summer release on Paper + Plastick records. In April of 2011, shortly after they finished tracking, they hit the eastern US with The Forthrights, The Fad, Green Room Rockers, Stuck Lucky and The Brunt Of It on the Ska Is Dead Presents: Young Guns tour. The band spent June and July 2011 on a full-US co-headlining tour with New Jersey pop-punk band I Call Fives, featuring support from Handguns and The Story So Far. In March of 2012, We Are The Union will head out with celtic punk legends The Tossers for a short run of midwest and east coast shows. More info, including official dates and ticket links, at http://listn.to/wearetheunion

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New Songs + October/November Tour Dates!

If you haven’t already, please take a moment to check out two brand new songs from our upcoming full-length, You Can’t Hide The Sun:
I Want You To Hit Me As Hard As You Can - http://propertyofzack.com/post/32674117105/poz-stream-interview-we-are-the-union-i-want-you-to
Live Like Mitch - http://www.absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?t=2912212

We Are The Union October/November Tour Dates:
Sunday, October 14th - St Louis, MO @ FUBAR (Tickets: http://www.fubarstl.com/event/148185/)
Monday, October 15th - Fort Wright, KY @ Shimmers Tavern
Tuesday, October 16th - Erie, PA @ Basement Transmissions
Wednesday, October 17th - Rochester, NY @ Dub Land Underground (Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/409621465760931/)
Thursday, October 18th - Watertown, NY @ The Dungeon (Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/385353901532458/)
Friday, October 19th - Albany, NY @ Hudson River Coffee House (FREE SHOW - Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/491224147574198/)
Saturday, October 20th - Middletown, NY @ The Interactive Museum (Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/370493079692741/)
Sunday, October 21st - Garden City, NY @ Ethical Humanist Society (Tickets: http://tickets.liecc.com/events/146)
Monday, October 22nd - Hamden, CT @ The Space (Tickets: http://www.manicproductions.org/event/156245/)
Tuesday, October 23rd -  Cambridge, MA @ All Asia (Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/277182012399401/)
Wednesday, October 24th - Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes (Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/539699609389760/)
Thursday, October 25th - Norfolk, VA @ Aletheia (Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/258283064290666/
Friday, October 26th-Sunday, October 28th - FEST 11 in Gainesville, FL (We play SATURDAY at 3:10 PM at FLORIDA THEATER OF GAINESVILLE - thefestfl.com)

Check out a new song for a fallen friend - Stream “Live Like Mitch” on Absolutepunk.net (Taken with Instagram)

Check out a new song for a fallen friend - Stream “Live Like Mitch” on Absolutepunk.net (Taken with Instagram)

Who We Are CD’s & T-Shirt restock! http://watu.bigcartel.com (Taken with Instagram)

Who We Are CD’s & T-Shirt restock! http://watu.bigcartel.com (Taken with Instagram)

See ya at The Fest! (Taken with Instagram)

See ya at The Fest! (Taken with Instagram)

Ugh (Taken with Instagram at black river falls valley)

Ugh (Taken with Instagram at black river falls valley)

The D man! <3 (Taken with Instagram at First Avenue)

The D man! <3 (Taken with Instagram at First Avenue)

Indianapolis tonight! Headlining show at the Hoosier Dome! (Taken with Instagram)

Indianapolis tonight! Headlining show at the Hoosier Dome! (Taken with Instagram)

#bandpractice (Taken with Instagram)

#bandpractice (Taken with Instagram)

Some Chicago friends joined us for gang vocals. @counterpunchrock @danalive86 (Taken with Instagram at Wall To Wall Studios)

Some Chicago friends joined us for gang vocals. @counterpunchrock @danalive86 (Taken with Instagram at Wall To Wall Studios)

Two Shows Announced Supporting Mighty Mighty Bosstones!

We are super excited to announce that we are playing two shows with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones in August! Details and ticket links below:

Friday, August 10th - Chicago, IL @ The Metro
Doors at 6:30 PM
Tickets $29 /// ALL AGES
Ticket link: http://event.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSale.do?performance_id=1635104&cobrand=metrochicago&method=restoreToken

Saturday, August 11th - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Doors at 6PM
Tickets $25 /// 18+
Ticket link: https://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1635283&cobrand=first-avenue

Do you guys still have copies of your 1st EP? Also, Who We Are is one of my favorite albums of all time. It inspires me on a personal level as well as a musical level. Thank you guys!

There are no remaining copies of our first EP that I know of. Thank you so much for the kind words!

Hey, guys, when are you coming to Brazil??? We're looking forward to it! I'm a fan since the first time I heard your sound and I told my friends about you. Very f***ing good band!!! Thiago thiagodesimone00(at)h-o-t-m-a-i-l.c-o-m
Asked by Anonymous

We hope to come to Brazil someday soon! Thanks for telling people about us and listening to our music!

Would you guys ever pint Who We Are vinyls again? I would buy multiple

There are still a few records available from the Animal Style Records webstore, I believe!
http://www.animalstylerecords.com/website/viewrelease.php?id=15 

do you guys personally know anyone in taproot? they are from ann arbor. \m/
Asked by Anonymous

We do not. I used to wear a Taproot shirt on stage with my old bands in high school, though! - Reed 

If I Can’t Smoke Or Swear, I’m Fucked lyrics!

Alrighty folks, we’ve been asked to post the lyrics for If I Can’t Smoke Or Swear, I’m Fucked, so here they are!

If you haven’t heard this song yet, you can check it out via the Graveyard Grins EP - now streaming at tinyurl.com/graveyardgrins

If I Can’t Smoke Or Swear, I’m Fucked

Don’t wait, it’s almost over

This rope gets shorter by the day, and now you’ve found its end

You test the poison and you pay

Drag it for your worst mistakes

And fight to shake the blame

A death grip denial

A graveyard grin

You bear your teeth

Remind us that you’re just a skeleton

Don’t wait, I can see it now

The patron saint of the totally fucked*

Lie down in living your own way

Cause dying isn’t living, is it?

Your bones decay

A death grip denial

A graveyard grin

You bear your teeth

Remind us that you’re just a skeleton

*Chuck Klosterman