12th May 2023 0 By Jon Deaux


PUNK ROCK FACTORY, the Welsh pop-punk upstarts known for their fun and energetic reimaginings of a wide range of well-known tracks, are set to release their latest EP, Poor Unfortunate Souls, on May 26th.


The 4-track EP features new versions of iconic songs from the beloved 1989 animated Disney film The Little Mermaid, reimagined in their inimitable pop-punk style. The movie’s memorable soundtrack won multiple awards and remains popular with audiences of all ages to this day. With a live-action version of The Little Mermaid set to hit cinemas on May 26th, PUNK ROCK FACTORY decided to focus their attention under the sea…


The EP’s lead single, “Part Of Your World,” features dazzling guest vocals from ALISSA WHITE-GLUZ, the powerhouse best known as the lead vocalist of the Swedish melodic death metal band ARCH ENEMY.


“Like most people my age, I grew up feeling that I was one day destined to become a mermaid thanks to one particular movie which remains one of my favorites to this day,” ALISSA WHITE-GLUZ comments. “Well, I do sing and I do have colorful hair, but only now, releasing ‘Part Of Your World’, are my mermaid life goals complete!


I always sang this song to myself in a more traditional, Broadway style, but that was very far removed from what I do professionally. So, with Punk Rock Factory, I wanted to play back and forth between that beloved ‘Ariel’ voice and a heavier voice more fitting to my punk and metal roots. I thought the band did a great job of respecting a classic, while still giving it a punky edge, so I wanted to do the same. I love how it turned out! It was a bucket-lister for me!”

PUNK ROCK FACTORY add, When we heard there was a new Little Mermaid film coming out, we knew we had to take a look at some of its hits and put them together in a dedicated EP. After the success of our previous albums A Whole New Wurst 1 & 2 which were entirely Disney tracks, it had to be done!


We had the opportunity to potentially work with Alissa on our latest album ‘It’s Just A Stage We’re Going Through’, but unfortunately the timing didn’t work out. We stayed in touch and then floated the idea of ‘Part Of Your World’ to her… it turned out to be a favorite movie and song, and she was super excited to be involved.


Alissa is an absolute behemoth of a vocalist, and she truly shows just how good her range is on ‘Part Of Your World’. When she initially sent her parts over, we were absolutely blown away and decided to step back from adding any of our own vocals, we just said “Yep, this is your song now!!”

The unmissable EP includes four tracks in total, with punk rock covers of “Under The Sea,” “Poor Unfortunate Souls,” and “Kiss The Girl” in addition to “Part Of Your World (feat. Alissa White-Gluz).”


Poor Unfortunate Souls will be available digitally, on CD, and on 7″ vinyl in two limited edition colors – Purple Enchantment Edition & Deep Blue Edition. Please note, the vinyls are pre-order items and will be shipped in August 2023. 


Fans can pre-save or pre-order the EP at: https://prf.lnk.to/Souls.


Visit the band’s website here for a brand new range of exclusive, themed merchandise and to grab the special limited vinyl. Fans can also get their paws on a wide range of t-shirts, caps, beanies, totes, posters, and the infamous ‘sausages & skulls’ patch/enamel badge. T-shirts are available in kids sizes 3-4 all the way to adult sizes 5XL.

PUNK ROCK FACTORY are excited to return to the UK’s Download Festival next month for the second year running, ahead of their next UK headline tour in October/November 2023, which already has a number of dates upgraded and close to selling out. The band is known for their high-energy live shows, and fans can expect to hear both classic tracks and material from the Poor Unfortunate Souls EP as well as their recently released, musicals themed album, It’s Just A Stage We’re Going Through.


Special guests will be Adam & The Metal Hawks, plus a DJ set from Matt Stocks. Younger fans will be delighted that the majority of the dates are aged 8+ (under 14s must be accompanied, under 16s in Brighton), with just Bristol and Norwich shows aged 14+. 


The headline UK dates to catch PUNK ROCK FACTORY are: 

Thu 19th Oct – BRISTOL SWX

Fri 20th Oct – GLASGOW O2 Academy

Sat 21st Oct – NEWCASTLE University

Sun 22nd Oct – SHEFFIELD O2 Academy 2

Tue 24th Oct – NORWICH Epic Studios

Wed 25th Oct – BRIGHTON Concorde 2

Fri 27th Oct – OXFORD O2 Academy

Sat 28th Oct – LEEDS Uni Stylus

Sun 29th Oct – LONDON O2 Academy Islington

Wed 1st Nov – SOUTHAMPTON 1865

Fri 3rd Nov – MANCHESTER O2 Ritz

Sat 4th Nov – BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute


With their last two UK tours entirely sold out in advance, don’t wait to snap up your tickets! To buy tickets and for a full list of all performances, including festivals already confirmed for 2023, please visit www.punkrockfactory.com.   


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