Damaged UK is a new band for me and I really like their way of playing punk. I have always loved english punk and this isn´t any step aside from that. November-2022


Please tell me a little history of the group, members and what you do when you don´t play music, what do you work and which ages are you in?

Damaged Consists of 6 members

(Luc Sweetman - Vocals)

(Harri Lowe - Guitar and Vocals)

(Dan 'Kenny' Tait - Guitar and Vocals)

(Aston Brooks - Guitar/Keyboard)

(Dave 'Taff' Williams - Bass)

(Luke 'Tweek' Green - Drums)

All of us are between the ages of 26-32 and have been playing music since our early teens.

We are all hardworking musicians that spend a lot of time in Last Stand Studio, with guitarist and producer Harri, working on a wide range of music, that we cant wait to share with you. We took a lot of inspiration from early punks bands like GBH, UK SUBS, Minor Threat, Ramones, Misfits, Vice Squad, and so many more. 

But punk isnt the only thing we are inspired by, our musical taste is all over the place, from Hip-hop, Funk, Heavy metal and Goth.


Have it been the same members all the time, or have it been many lineup changes? Please tell me a little about every member? Earlier bands?

We come from a wide range of musical backgrounds and bands. Most notably - Novastatus, Dead Reynolds, Return To Rome, Czapa, Vihara.

The band originally started in 2010 and founded by Dan, Tweek & Luc. We have worked with many brilliant artists over the years but came into our own when working alongside guitarist Aston. Harri & Taff worked with the band as stand-in musicians for many years before joining as full time members in 2020.


Damaged UK is the name, where did it came from and you wasn´t afraid that some other group would be named so? Was you forced to put in UK in the end?

Originally we went by the name 'Kennedy Smile' Changing in 2012 to Damaged, after the 'Black Flag' album of the same name, a band and album that inspired us greatly.

No force was involved when we added 'UK'. It was done when we began to gain more recognition in order to avoid confusion with an old Australian band with the same name. We weren't afraid of another band having the same name, however, we did receive some backlash from fans of the original band prior to the addition. 


You call you record for Kill the Bill….where did it came from?

The name was chosen by Dan and Luc and came from a political protest slogan. The slogan came into use during protests against a piece of UK law called the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts bill that planned to introduce a range of anti-protest measures to limit peoples ability to freely protest and increase the powers of the police during peaceful protests. The message of the slogan mirrored the message behind the album, most notably in 'My Enemy' & 'Scum', and therefore became the name of the album.


Is it important to give out the record as physical releases do you think? Would it feel like you have released a record if you only release it digital?

So, we have our music available online across all streaming platforms, though, owning something physical and being able to have that personal connection with it means everything to us. As 90s kids, we all grew up exchanging CDs and sharing bands we have found. In this day and age streaming services such as spotify get around 100,00 songs uploaded per day, so it can be so hard to get yourself heard. Its important to keep a document of the things you've done and be proud of the work you've put in. A physical copy of a record is something that you can keep and share forever. Physical value with always outweigh digital value, in our opinion. But we also understand and respect not everyone has access to our CDs or to a CD player so we also have everything available online. We just hope that if the fans like it, and they want to own a CD, then they can get one.


Do you play any covers when you play live? If you do, which then?

In the past we have played around with songs from bands like 'Black Flag and GBH' But going back to our mixed musical taste, we decided to stick with two very cool songs that you definitely wouldn't expect. As important as the messages in our music are, we want people to have fun when they see us live and we don't want to take ourselves to seriously and sound 'Preachy.' Our first choice of covers is 'Beastie Boys - Fight for your right to party' which has always got the crowd moving and been alot of fun for people who may not be familiar with our songs at shows. We decided to give it a heavier feel and really ramp up the bassline. And people really like it! 

We also have played 'Electric six - Gay bar' now and then at the end of our shows as that song has an awesome riff. 

We are all huge supporters of the LGBTQ community and love to celebrate that with this fun song in our set.  


Please tell me a little about following songs


Skeptik is about being aware of the powers that govern you and being willing to question everything and not just take what they say laying down. 

We have a right wing party in the UK called the 'Tory Party' that impose a lot of legislation that benefits the rich, by avoiding problems that afflict the working class. 

Recently approving a bill on fox hunting in the UK allowing these animals to be killed for the purpose of entertainment. Further giving them a meaningless sense of power.


Anti-zero was originally written in 2016, and was a loud and forward attack on the '1%' An open letter to the richest and most powerful people that control everything we believe in and trust. Anti-zero is our rebellion, its our way of saying we don't agree with what you tell us and we are aware of the lies that are being fed to us. Not just in the UK, but worldwide.

No Control

No Control is a song that came about due to the growing social awareness of animal testing and abuse, being performed by cosmetic and fashion brands. 

We wanted to write something very clear and to the point, without the need to pad out the lyrics, or throw in a catchy melody. The song is a message, that this needs to change and we won't stand for it. The second half of the song falls into a dark, spine chilling build up, with a quote from a 1958 movie (The Fly.) The idea was to instil the fear of what's happening into our music, before hitting the listener with a huge breakdown, finishing the album off on a dark, unnerving feel.


Is it important to get out your opinions in your music, and is it a good way to get out frustration too? It feels like you are really political with anarchistic thought, am I right?

Yeah, Music gives you a voice and a way to be heard. Especially being in a punk band, express your opinions and try to change the world.

Its the best way to get out some frustration, jumping around on stage and singing your music along with the crowd absolutely rocks!

Heavy music isnt the only thing we are into but it does absolutely take the edge off a bad day. We are a very political band, and more rebellious than anarchistic 

We want our voice to be heard, rather than wasting money on drugs or getting wasted. We spend whatever we can spare in studio, rehearsing and getting to shows.

Making sure we put everything into our live performances, bringing in new fans and making them feel like they are a part our collective.   


Do you think that your lyrics can have effect on other people who listens to them…any example on it? Have you changed anyones mind?

Absolutely, most musicians and music lovers have a song that has affected them in someway or another, be it a relationship, mental health, or a view they may also share, lyrics give people something to connect with and helps them feel like they aren't alone.

Luc: A great example for me, Is the band 'Rancid.' In their song - 'Arrested in shanghai' Tim armstrong sings, "My only weapon, I call poetry." 

We have had many instances over the years of people listening to our songs and learning more about topics we have discussed, talking to us after shows and sharing their own experiences with us. We have also had fans tattoo lyrics of our own such as "Break my wings and watch me fly." From a song called 'Skate or die' its about never letting the world beat you down, people like that lyric alot.


How is it to play this sort of music in England and which type of bands are you having concerts with? Which is the most peculiar band you have been playing together with?

Great question. The UK punk & underground scene has an amazing network of bands and music lovers that want to be at these shows, punk is a genre that will never die when there is always something to be angry about! We play with many different types of bands and love hearing all of the incredible creations that come out of the scene. For example, Taffs other band - Czapa, are a Punk/Regge inspired band that sing in Polish. We try to get on stage with many of the great old school punk bands playing in England and many of the ones we have grown up listening to we have been able to share a stage with too. As for the most peculiar band? We once played a show in Birmingham with a band that sung about the world from the perspective of a chicken, and moved around the stage like animals.


How would you describe your music in three words for people that haven´t heard you?

Unique, passionate & fast.


I like beer and also make beer.. If Damaged UK do a beer , what would it be named and which sort of beer would it be? Or maybe you´re straightedge?

We all love a beer. And we all grew up drinking the strongest beers we could buy, for the cheapest price and always woke up with the worst hangovers!

So if we made a beer? We'd call it GRAVES. After an old song. It would be hazy, strong, triple hopped, and leave you feeling dead in the morning!  


And how is it to live in England now? Racists, Brexit, covid?

Covid has ruined live music big time, for bands trying to get somewhere, and for the many venues that have closed down due to it. 

But as tough as it gets, it doesn't ruin the spirit of the newer bands that want to give it their best.

Brexit is a complex issue that was been plaguing the UK for many years now. Along with it has come a lot of racism and hostility, especially to those who aren't white, stemming from debates about immigration and the way it has been portrayed in the media. It has also had a huge impact on the live music scene, with bands now having to go through extra measures to play shows abroad. We just hope that these issues begin to ease over time as the country adjusts to this change and the government finalise everything.  

As a band, we don't stand for racism, and we embrace every race and nationality. Racists have no place near us, or near our shows. 

We just hope the next generation grows up without being so closed minded and ignorant. Unfortunately, this world will always have people who are like that, and not an awful lot can be done to change their minds, however hard you try. But its important to keep those who experience racism close and help and stand with them whenever you can. It is a deeply rooted issue in this country, with racism being shown by the police and many of those in power, but action is constantly being taken to stop this through protests and letting those effected be heard. We encourage anyone to listen whenever you can to these people, and speak up in the face of racism, rather than letting it pass you by because it may not be aimed at you.


Which is your own favourite song among your own songs? And which song is the people choice?

The favourite one amongst our fans is 'Snakes And Diamonds' and its also probably the one we enjoy playing the most live too. 

The first line in the chorus "Put the government on minimum wage, and then we'll see the change!" Always goes down well. There is no better feeling then watching friends and fans sing along to it with us. And believe in the words.


What´s the biggest difference when you plays live nowadays if you compare when you first started to play in a band?

Honestly, we have come so far as musicians, playing in various bands and with the experiance we have gathered along the way. 

Our music is now sounding better than ever, tight and very well rehearsed. From stage performance, to confidence in how we play. 

We have came into our own as musicians and really have started to be the band we wanted to be, when we started out as kids. 


And have you opinion about punk changed through the years? What do punk mean to you, only a musicstyle or a lifestyle?

Luc: The band 'H20 - Look What Happened' summed it up best. "And now the biggest part is all about the image and not the art." I think its always been the same way. Punk bands will sing about something that matters, and other punk bands will sing about getting wasted. Nothing has changed there, though we do see bands flourish and get somewhere with a great sound and brilliant lyrics. Bands that aren't concerned about their 'look.'

One of the best examples of this is a new upcoming band on the UK Scene called 'The Meffs.' We played a show with them in Denmark in 2021. And they absolutely blew us away with their music, their passion and drive. Punk will always be a fashion statement for some, a lifestyle for others, and fun music to others. To us it means self expression, self belief and solidarity. The greatest think about punk? Its a scene for everyone.


What do you know about Sweden? What is typical Swedish?

Incredible views, sights that people around the world cant even imagine. 

You have some of the most amazing musicians and designers. 

Its clean, beautiful and way more interesting than England's rural areas. 


Have you ever been here? Any good bands from Sweden that you like?

Totalitär have an amazing sound, sick drumming and the fact they sing in Swedish is even cooler. A few more incredible Swedish bands we love are Refused, Royal Republic and The Hives, which we are taking alot of musical inspiration from, for one of our next albums.

We have never been but we cant wait to go. It would be a dream to play gigs in Sweden. Your country and your music scene rocks. 


Your audience when you play live, which type of people comes, age?

We get all ages turn out, old school punk rockers. And teenagers that want to hear something new and unapologetic.

In the age of social media, a lot of the new kids are aware of political issues and to see a band singing and raging against the same thing as them is great.


What´s the best of playing live?

The best thing about it, is seeing people that believe in you and support your band. Without the fans, it would be impossible to keep going. 

The feeling you get playing shows with the friends you grew up with, never fails to put a smile on our faces.


Please tell me a funny thing which have happened during a live gig with your band?

We've definitely had a few over the years! From bass players forgetting to plug into there amps, to having the sound shut off because we swore to much in the early days. One that really sticks with us is when we dedicated 'Electric six - Gay bar' to 'Anti Nowhere League.' during a show, the reaction was priceless. 

People prompted us to pack up and leave the show quick. But we didn't care, they didn't scare us. 


Is there any good bands in England today? New bands which is good? Old bands which is still good?

If were talking punk? Check out 'The Meffs,' they just released their new song through 'Fat Wreck Chords.' Check them out!

Also one of the most hardworking and passionate bands we know, are 'Piston Dreams' Their singer Estee is one of the most passionate and hard working musicians we have ever met.

If you're looking for posthardcore, definitely check out Ruled By Raptors from the North east of England, well worth a listen!

And for old school bands? 'GBH' are always out playing show after show, one of the best bands we have ever had the pleasure of playing with. 

Also 'Vice Squad' have just released their new record 'BANG BANG BANG' Make sure you download it!


Which is the record that you always must have in the tour bus?

We could fight eachother about this one for hours! But one that has always been in the tour bus and never left, is 

Bad Religion - The Empire Strikes First.


Do you buy much records, or is it only Spotify and those type of things to listen to music? Is there any good record shop in your hometown?

Whenever there is an opportunity to buy a record from a band at a gig, always. 

We check out a lot of new music online, its the best way to find new bands these days, especially if you don't live near a city and if you find something you like? Buy a record from the band, it helps them massively!


Which was your first record, the latest you bought and the most expensive you have bought?

Dan: My first record was 'MCR - Black Parade' The band influenced me a lot growing up. 

And the most recent ones I was gifted where 'Enter Shikari - Mind Sweep,' and 'Ozzy - Bark At The Moon'

I just stumble across records, like my collection just grows and i have no idea where they come from! 

Luc: First record was 'Billy Idol - Rebel Yell' I thought that guy had some pretty heavy tracks back then. 

The most expensive record I bought was a vinyl of 'Patti Smith - Easter' 

The most recent thing I have picked up was 'The Damned - Phantasmagoria'


Do you care about reviews? Which is the most peculiar you ever had, with this band or any other band you have been to?

Reviews are great, they give people a chance to learn about something they aren't familiar with. 

Though its important to also make your own opinions too, and not be too influenced by a review.

We very recently got reviewed by one of the funniest guys ever, 'Mike.' We played a show in Camden - London. 

And this guy calls it 'Gents Reviews' - He stands in the bathroom and reviews how the band sound from there. 

Thankfully he thought we had some pretty good beats.


If you could choose five bands from the past and the history and nowadays and both dead and living bands to have a concert together with your band. Which five have you been chosen?

This is an amazing question. There is so many to choose, but in no particular order:

Black Sabbath

The Damned





Futureplans for the band?

We have some amazing shows coming up, we're soon to be playing with 'XSLF' From Belfast Ireland. 

Next year marks 13 years of Damaged, and we are releasing a full album titled 'KS13' Featuring varied songs we have never released and a few new additions with some amazing guest appearances from artists in our old hometown of Peterborough. With several music videos and shows coming up in 2023 we are set to make it our most ambitious year yet. And we cant wait to share it all with you.



For other bands out there, keep pushing through. A lot is going to come your way but its how you handle and push through those times that really holds you together. Keep putting your all into your music and your message and keep working on improving with everything you do. It may be slow to start with but all it takes is for one person to take your music on board to really make a difference. 

As for the fans and listeners, support your favourite bands however you can. Keep going to shows, even the small ones and showing them how much they mean to you, that's what keeps them going. Even streaming their songs and commenting on their posts, it helps get them out to more people and helps them grow. Listen to what the music says, be open to learning about new things and using your voice for what you believe in.


Anything more to add to the interview?

Thank you so much for this interview, Peter, its been so much fun! We appreciate all your time and everyone for reading. If you've enjoyed this, please get in touch with us via our social media accounts, we would love to chat with you! We hope to join you guys in Sweden one day!

All our best!

Luc, Dan, Harri, Tweek, Taff & Aston.



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