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  • The Pukka Orchestra Releases New Song “Weekend (Come Alive!)” from New Album “Chaos Is Come Again”

  • Canadian new wave band The Pukka Orchestra, consisting of the late Graeme Williamson (vocals/guitar), Neil Chapman (vocals/guitar) and Tony Duggan-Smith (vocals/guitar), dropped a new song “Weekend (Come Alive!)” along with a music video from their new album “Chaos Is Come Again” on May 29, 2024.

    After a two decade hiatus, the band completed the new album of updated, reworked, remixed tracks, remastered posthumously after the death of Graeme Williamson, who died in Glasgow in June 2020, and released back in March.
    If we don't care about our world and those in it, then chaos is come again is the album's resonant theme.
    The track was written by Graeme Williamson, Neil Chapman, and Tony Duggan-Smith.
    The accompanying video was filmed by Robert Fresco and Pretty Pictures, featuring a large contingent of 1980's Queen St. West musicians.

    Neil Chapman said of the song, “Graeme's words were inspired by his experience working in the sub-basement of a government building in Toronto and eagerly anticipating the upcoming weekend to have a real life for a couple of days before returning to the mundane grind. While shooting the music video, a helicopter pilot friend of ours, Robert, took us up to shoot some scenes in his chopper. Thinking it would be a cool thing to do, he gave the controls over to Graeme who, not realizing how delicate the joystick was, sent it into a near death spin that Robert had to recover from. Hearts were pounding!”
  • Tony Duggan-Smith continued, “Each of us brought a different skill set and perspective. Graeme was a master wordsmith who could create fascinating narratives tied to the 'everyman/woman' and he was their spokesman. Neil is the 'driver' of the groove, making sure we are always pushing and when the dial has to go to ten, Neil is the guy and never disappoints. I am playing the counter parts that float in and out in different sections through the song that are outside the driving groove but reacting to it as the song drives along.”

  • Iris Williamson, Graeme Williamson's widow added, “Graeme's philosophy was not to dwell on things you can't change, but enjoy your freedoms and life. 'Weekend (Come Alive!)' makes me feel young, optimistic, awake and inspired. I'm continually astonished that Graeme's philosophy and positivity is evident in all his lyrics and fiction - from his earliest youth until his death. His positivity is unsentimental and authentic.”
  • source : Apple Music
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