Beat Union

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Beat Union
Beat Union.jpg
Beat Union in 2008
Background information
Also known as Shortcut to Newark
Origin Birmingham, Bromsgrove and Redditch, United Kingdom
Genres Pop punk
Years active 2003 - 2009
Labels Haddock Recordings
Science Records
Associated acts Shooter McGavin
Shortcut To Newark
The High Society
The King Blues
Website Official site
Members Dave Warsop
Dean Ashton
Ade Preston
Luke Johnson
Past members Mark Andrews

Beat Union was a pop-punk band from Birmingham, Bromsgrove and Redditch, United Kingdom. They were formerly known as Shortcut to Newark.[1] The group has garnered comparisons to Elvis Costello and The Jam, as well as pop punk groups like Green Day.[2][3]

In 2006 the band toured the UK with Bedouin Soundclash and Zox.[4]

Their debut full-length album, Disconnected, was released on Science Records in April 2008.[5] It was produced with the help of John Feldmann, producer and frontman of Goldfinger.[6] Rolling Stone named their song "She Is the Gun" Song of the Day on 17 July 2008.[7] The song also received rotation on BBC Radio 1, where it rose to #5 on the station's airplay charts.[8]

After releasing the album, the group toured with Goldfinger and then played the 2008 Warped Tour in the U.S.[9] A U.S. fall tour has been announced with Flogging Molly, followed by UK dates with Less Than Jake.[10]

In August 2009, Luke Johnson was officially announced as Lostprophets new drummer, as a permanent member providing "it all works out".[11] Beat Union then officially split up, after being dropped by their record label due to the failure of their debut album. Bar Luke Johnson, none of the former members are currently signed to any record label and are gigging small venues within the West Midlands area in local bands. Dave Warsop is currently in a band called Suedehead, who have opened up for acts like Social Distortion.



As Shooter McGavin
  • Saving The Day 7" - Boss Tuneage (2001)
  • Split with Dugong 7" - Rock 'Em Dead Records (2001)
As Shortcut to Newark
  • Heads in Hands Heads in Half 7" EP - Boss Tuneage (2003)
  • Gearing Up for Getting Down CD - (Suckapunch Records (2006)
As Beat Union
  • She Is The Gun 7"/CD - Haddock Recordings (2007)
  • Disconnected CD - Science Records (2008)


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