Infobox musical artist
Name = Punkreas

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Genre = Punk rock Hardcore punk Ska punk
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Years_active = 1989 – present
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URL = [http://www.punkreas.net/ Punkreas.net]
Current_members = Cippa
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Punkreas is one of the most famous punk band in Italy. They were founded in Parabiago, Milan, in 1989 and in 2008 they published their last record.

The best qualities of the band are solidity and constancy, since during the 15 years of activity, with a lot of tours, the starting lineup changed only once, and Punkreas produced a record about every 2 years. Nowadays the lineup is composed of Cippa (voice), Flaco (electric guitar), Paletta (electric bass), Noise (electric guitar) and Gagno (drums), who substituted Mastino since the record "Falso".

Musically, the sound of the band is raw and strong, with a technique which has constantly grown better with the time and with a good creativity, especially in the lyrics. Mostly in the last years the combination with ska has become stronger and the sound in general has become more complex.


In December 1990, Punkreas released the demo "Isterico", their self-made debut record, containing the single "Il vicino." This quickly became a success and the flagship song of Italian ska core. Lots of live shows followed "Isterico" and in 1992 "United Rumors of Punkreas" is published, excellent predecessor of "Paranoia e Potere", maybe the band's best record.

"Paranoia e Potere" gives Punkreas celebrity, putting them between the most well-known Italian punk bands. The analog recording, which we can easily notice listening to their songs, makes their music more aggressive and homogeneous; songs which still today are well-known, like "Acà Toro," "La Canzone del Bosco" and "Tutti in Pista" are part of this record.

1997 is a busy year for Punkreas: the growing interest towards the band, due to the huge number of lives, leads to the new publication of "Isterico" and "United rumors of Punkreas" under the best of "90-93", while the publication of the new album "Elettrodomestico" is taken up. This last record is produced under the newborn Atomo Dischi, the new Punkreas record company.The success of the band is confirmed by the exhibitions at the Festival Teste Vuote Ossa Rotte - which later would become Independent Day - and Vans Warped Tour, and exploits in the whole Italy.

In 2000 the group publishes "Pelle", with distribution by Universal. Thanks to the distribution by a major label, the record reaches the main distribution channels. From this album 3 videos are also produced: "Sosta", "Terzo mondo" and "Voglio Armarmi". The first about a singular and unlucky theft in a store, the second with high references, like "Dr. Strangelove", the third entirely made of the cartoons by Davide Toffolo.

in 2002 the lineup changes: Mastino is substituted by Gagno. This is the year of "Falso", an album where the influences of ska, reggae and rock are greater than usual. This album firstly encounters the resistance of those who fear the distribution by a major label could cool the tones of the band. The video "Canapa" is taken from this publication, which shows the group seeding a plant of marijuana and making it grow. Also in this record are the songs "Falsa" and "Toda la noche".

In 2005 "Quello che sei" is published under the Atomo Dischi brand, with songs like "American Dream," "L'uomo con le branchie" and "Chirurgo Plastico." This record was also meant to contain the song "Ma che bel mondo è," a cover of the song "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong, but ownership issues stopped it from being published. This song is available for download on the web.



*"Isterico" 1990
*"United Rumors of Punkreas" 1992
*"Paranoia e potere" 1995
*"Elettrodomestico" 1997
*"Pelle" 2000
*"Falso" 2002
*"Quello che sei" 2005
*"Futuro Imperfetto" 2008

Lives and Best of

*"Punkreas 90-93" 1997
*"Punkreas Live" 2006


*"La canzone del bosco" 1997
*"Sosta" 2000
*"Terzo Mondo" 2000
*"Canapa" 2002


* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vBdB2FszuM&fmt=18 "Sosta"] ;
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AG3Iblj9foA "Terzo Mondo"] ;
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-B-KAWuDfc "Voglio Armarmi"] ;
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ara0SA0mTVo "Dividi e Comanda"] ;
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZHRqorjngM "Canapa"] ;
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJZqwnOQYns "American Dream"] ;
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46N_A7cW_rY "L'uomo con le branchie"] ;
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEtRd1E1t74 "Mondo Proibito"] .

External links

* [http://www.punkreas.net/ Official website]
* [http://forumpunkreas.forumfree.org/ Official forum]

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