VARUKERS United Kingdom



Original gangsters of punk/metal crossover, THE VARUKERS formed in 1979 in the same musical family that would spawn DISCHARGE, CHAOS UK and AMEBIX, blending spit-drenched punk rock intensity with a heavy metal wall of sound and unrelenting drum battery. Splitting in 1988, the band reformed in 1993 and embraced d-beat – as if there was no greater indicator of just how well they honed those scorching bursts of hardcore fury, vocalist RAT joined the resurrected DISCHARGE in 2003!

Still proudly anarchist, still utterly furious, THE VARUKERS are a potent reminder that punk is far from dead at OBSCENE EXTREME 2011.


Initially known as The Veruccas, the band altered the spelling of their name to "The Varukers" in order to convey more aggression. When recording in the early 1980s, they were part of a broader trend known as "UK 82", Second Generation Punk, or UK Hardcore. Bands such as The Varukers, Discharge, Chaos UK, Amebix, and Charged GBH took the existing 1977-era punk sound and melded it with the incessant, heavy drumbeats and "wall of sound" distortion guitar sound of New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) bands such as Motörhead. The new, harder-edged style also tended to use much darker, more nihilistic, and more violent lyrics, and vocals were often shouted rather than sung.

While the Varukers split in 1988, vocalist Rat put the band back together in 1993. Stylistically their 1990s-era music resembled the traditional UK82 style. Since the band had former members of Discharge, a D-beat sound developed as time went on. The band has gone through many line-up changes over the years with the only constant member being Rat on vocals. They have recently released a retrospective CD on SOS Records.

Even with Rat splitting his time between The Varukers and Discharge, the Varukers continue to tour. They shared a headlining spot with such acts as Broken Bones, The Adicts, Vice Squad and GBH at the ill-fated British Invasion 2k6 concert festival in San Bernardino, California which ended in rioting.

They are currently writing new material for a new album.

Line-up :

Rat - Vocals

Biff - Guitar

Sean - Guitar

Brian - Bass

Stick - Drums


Release date Release name Media
2010 Murder / Nothing' Changed LP LP
2009 Killing Myself to Live CD CD
2006 1980–2005: Collection Of 25 Years CD CD


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