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The Benwahs

Birmingham, England, United Kingdom | INDIE

Birmingham, England, United Kingdom | INDIE
Band Pop Punk


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'I Like You'/'Easy Now You've Gone' (Trams Records, 2008), produced by Pete Lyons and recorded at Zed One Studios.

'Wanna Scream'/'I Don't Give A...' (Trams Records, 2011), produced by James Lewis and recorded at Miloco Studios and Dirtbox Studios, mastered by John Davis at Power House.

'Come To Mine' EP (Trams Records, 2011), recorded at Hellfire Studios.



THE BENWAHS are a female-fronted pop-punk band based in Birmingham. Initially formed in London in 2007, the trio is comprised of Suzie Smart (vocals, guitar), Ben Kershaw (drums, backing vocals) and Dean Lamsdale (bass, backing vocals).

Smart's excitable vocals are emotional and edgy, and her chaotic, haphazard guitar style is the perfect formula for punk: frenetic, noisy, dissonant. The songs are mercurial-paced and wayward, pop-punk anthems, but rhythm section Kershaw and Lamsdale keep it firmly anchored to the ground. Suzie said, “I began with three chords and something to say, writing little punk ditties on acoustic guitar. Then I discovered distortion, and that's where it all came alive for me! The rawness and excitement; I was addicted.”

The Benwahs received national exposure when they appeared in an episode of Hollyoaks, the long-running television soap opera, broadcast on Channel 4. On top of this, the band have received plenty of airplay on numerous national and international radio stations, including BBC West Midlands, RealPunkRadio, PHC Radio, Mohawk Radio, Basement Sound and Deuce Radio. They even found time to play an intimate live acoustic set on Midlands-based Rhubarb Radio.

The Benwahs have made their name through the live circuit, gigging almost constantly. They have played all over London and Birmingham, including Hope And Anchor, Lark In The Park and the legendary Dublin Castle in Camden, as well as the O2 Academy in Birmingham. Drummer Kershaw said, “Playing live is where we earned our reputation. We've been very fortunate because our sound is so versatile. We're able to do a full-on electric set with feedback and distortion, but we're equally at home in an acoustic setting.”

Notable support slots include The Auteur and Lost On Landing on the Birmingham leg of their 2010 UK Tour. The Benwahs have also performed at all-punk festivals Rebellion and the Last Jubilee with the likes of Public Image Ltd., Stiff Little Fingers and The Damned. Smart added, "Being in front of a crowd who are cheering for you is like nothing I'd ever experienced."

Suzie and the band have also worked with a number of top producers, including Gavin Monaghan (Editors, Kings Of Leon, OCS), Pete Lyons (Amy Winehouse, Babyshambles, Buzzcocks) and James Lewis. To date, The Benwahs have released two singles and one EP, 'I Like You' (2008), 'Wanna Scream' (2011) and 'Come To Mine' EP (2011). A promo clip was made for 'Come To Mine', produced and filmed by Huw Bowen of Entanglement Productions as part of the 2Weeks 2Make It competition, which challenges artists and filmmakers to shoot and edit a music video in exactly two weeks.


"The Benwahs... make me wanna jump around and punch boys." – Papercat

“70's punk fronted by the hiccupy Suzie from The Benwahs.” – Dead Or Alive

"The Benwahs... a femme-fronted, feisty, fast-paced thrill ride into feel-good jump-around catchy pop-punk!" – Bull & Gate

"The Benwahs... female-frontaged punky-arsed pop with some nifty tunes in a Buzzcocks, Rezillos, Ramones tradition." – Bugbear Promotions

“The Benwahs are making female-fronted punk... Their music is honest, straight forward and... it rocks!” – Didier Becu, The Original Sin

“Angry pop balladry... purposefully explosive and reactive... The Benwahs have some great ideas and a good sense for good time music.” – Owain Paciuszko, God Is In The TV