Dunstan Bruce

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Dunstan Bruce
Birth nameDuncan "Dunstan" Bruce
Born (1960-12-31) 31 December 1960 (age 60)
Billingham, England
GenresAnarcho-punk, pop, hip hop
Occupation(s)Vocalist, musician, filmmaker, lecturer
Years active1982–present
Associated actsChumbawamba, Interrobang

Dunstan Bruce (born 31 December 1960) is an English musician and filmmaker who is perhaps best known for his work with Leeds-based anarcho-pop band Chumbawamba, of which he was a founding member. He grew up in the northern industrial town of Billingham.

Career[edit]

Musician[edit]

Prior to Chumbawamba, Bruce sang for the Billingham-based band Men in a Suitcase. At the beginning of 1982, Bruce joined Chumbawamba and was the lead singer of the band's biggest hit single, Tubthumping. Bruce left Chumbawamba at the end of 2004, and the band eventually split up in 2012.

Bruce is the lead singer of Interrobang?!, an agitprop post-punk band he formed in 2012 with ex-Chumbawamba drummer Harry Hamer and ex-Regular Fries guitarist Stephen Griffin. They released a critically acclaimed eponymous album in 2018.[1]

Bruce performs spoken word pieces accompanied by music as The Existential Angst of Dunstan Bruce.[2]

Filmmaker[edit]

Bruce has worked in filmmaking, producing a soundtrack for Channel 4's Whatever: A Teenage Musical[3] and several documentary films, including one about his experience in Chumbawamba called Well Done, Now Sod Off,[3] which won the audience prize at Leeds International Film Festival. In 2012, Bruce directed a movie about the punk group Sham 69's tour of China called This Band Is So Gorgeous,[3] which was nominated for the "Best Music Documentary" at IDFA in 2012. In 2014 he directed the music documentary A Curious Life.[3] about the folk-punk band Levellers.

Bruce is making a documentary, I Get Knocked Down, about his experience in Chumbawamba and his subsequent determination to remain active politically and creatively.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ross, Chloe (20 March 2018). "Album Review: Interrobang (Self Titled) • RadioHud". Radiohud.com. Retrieved 31 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "A Politically Meaningful Camaraderie". Archived from the original on 14 August 2017. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d "Welcome". moonfruit.com. Retrieved 8 November 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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