Welsh pop-punk band, Punk Rock Factory, have just dropped their latest EP titled Poor Unfortunate Souls. The band is renowned for their fun and energetic reworkings of popular tracks across various genres. This time around, they take on the beloved 1989 animated Disney film The Little Mermaid with a four-track EP that showcases their signature pop-punk style. With the recent release of a live-action version of The Little Mermaid in cinemas, Punk Rock Factory decided to dive deep under the sea for inspiration.
The lead single from Poor Unfortunate Souls is ‘Part Of Your World,’ which features guest vocals from Alissa White-Gluz – best known as the frontwoman of Swedish melodic death metal outfit Arch Enemy.
ALISSA WHITE-GLUZ comments, “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 favourites to this day. Well, I do sing and I do have colourful 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 favourite 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!!”
Part Of Your World (feat. Alissa White-Gluz)
Kiss The Girl
Under The Sea
Poor Unfortunate Souls
Poor Unfortunate Souls is available digitally, on CD, and on 7″ vinyl in two limited edition colours – Purple Enchantment Edition & Deep Blue Edition. Please note, the vinyls are pre-order items and will be shipped in August 2023.
Get the EP at: https://prf.lnk.to/Souls.