Beat Union
Beat Union
Background Information
A.K.A. Shortcut to Newark
Origin Birmingham, United Kingdom
Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
Redditch, United Kingdom
Genre Pop Punk
Years active 2002-present
Label(s) Science
Associated Acts Shooter McGavin
Dave Warsop
Luke Johnson
Dean Ashton
Ade Preston
Former Members
Mark Andrews

Beat Union are 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 July 17, 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 was announced with Flogging Molly, followed by UK dates with Less Than Jake.[10]

Current lineupEdit

  • Dave Warsop - lead vocals, guitar (Ex Shortcut To Newark[11] / Shooter McGavin[12])
  • Luke Johnson (aka Luke van der Luke) - drums (Ex Shortcut To Newark / Shooter McGavin / Amen[13])
  • Dean Ashton - guitar, backup vocals (Ex Shortcut To Newark / Shooter McGavin)
  • Ade Preston - bass, backup vocals (Ex Farse)


As Shortcut to Newark
  • Heads in Hands Heads in Half EP (Boss Tuneage, 2003)
  • Gearing Up for Getting Down (Suckapunch Records, 2006)
As Beat Union


  1. Shortcut to Newark
  2. Review of Disconnected. Allmusic
  3. Review of Disconnected. Alternative Press, June 2008.
  4. Bedouin Soundclash, Beat Union, & Zox. BBC, August, 25, 2006.
  5. Beat Union Get Disconnected. Chart Attack, April 14, 2008.
  6. Review of Disconnected.
  7. Song of the Day. Rolling Stone online (mirror at Yahoo!), July 17, 2008.
  8. For this album, Beat Union has hired music video director Daniel Chesnut to do videos for tracks: "Calling" and "Pressure Zone".Beat Union travel the world for summer festivals and fall dates with Flogging Molly and Less Than Jake. Cleveland Leader, August 5, 2008.
  9. Beat Union at Allmusic
  10. Beat Union to Flog Molly This Fall. Antimusic, August 6, 2008.
  11. Shortcut To Newark Official Myspace
  12. Shooter McGavin Official Myspace
  13. Amen Fansite Biography

External linksEdit

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