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Please give a brief history of the band, including current line up.

The Pokers started in february 2000 ,we played our first gig in june 2000 supporting Eddie and The Hotrods at the Charlotte, Leicester. The line up is Rob Poker-vocals, Blink Poker-guitar, Stiff Poker-bass, Nick Poker-drums.


Maximum Punk Rock'n'roll - 5 track c.d on our own Ultra A.D label
Ignite - 3 track 7'' single on Weird Records
Beat It - on the international punk rock box set on Meathead Records

Has any band member played in other bands, if so what?

This is Rob's first band. Myself ,stiff and nick have played in various bands over the years, too many to mention.

What are the main subjects in your lyrics and where do you get your ideas from?

We've got songs about boredom,alienation, people with bad attitudes,certain people who think it's cool to be nazis, a couple of songs about good healthy masturbation and fellatio. As for where we get the ideas from? life in general, we try to steer clear from politics.

If you could see any band play live, either of the past or present who would it be?

A nice easy one for me this is. One gig but three bands -Stooges, New York Dolls and the Dead Boys.

What is the Punk/Oi scene like in your area?

Theres a really healthy punk scene in Leicester, quite a few young bands starting up at the moment. Local bands include 'Rong 'Uns, Setback, Gregs Generation, Cannon Fdder, Social Disorder.

Who would you most like to be stuck in a lift with and why?

Well Ithought hard about this one and first i came up with Joan Jett, but i finally settled on Karen Carpenter because i get claustraphobia and she wouldn't take much room up also if we were stuck in the lift for a long time she wouldn't nick my food.

Name the best 5 releases of that have come out in the last 12 months.

zodiac killers-have a blast
the hives-veni vidi vicious
the briefs-hit by hit
vultures-alcoholic lady 7''
nuggets box sets 1 and 2

Plans, gigs and releases planned for 2001.

To play as many gigs as possible, also we're about to go back into the studio to record, greg lowrey from rip-off records as said he likes what he hears so we're hoping to possible work along side him in the future. We have just done an interview with maximum rock'n'roll as well.

Any final comments?

If any punk rock'n'roll bands want to do any swap gigs contact us at www.thepokers.co.uk
or write to the Pokers
16 vaughan street

Thanks for the interview and keep up the good work with the site.

blink poker

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