Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Healthy Junkies - Sick Note - Self Released - 2012

The Healthy Junkies are a female fronted 4 piece act out of London. They have a pop/glam/alternative sound.

Their LP Sick Note has earned them quite a bit well deserved of attention in the UK as well as here in the US. 

Guitar - Phil Honey Jones, Sing - Nina Courson (I think I'm in love), Bass - Tjay Tarantino, Drums - Steve Nightmare, Drums on Copycat and Trash My Love Adam Lewis

They played their first gig together at an all day punk festival in Brighton in September 2010. Since then the band have played many gigs all over the U.K.including headlining the new band stage at Rebellion Punk Festival in August 2012. 

Healthy Junkies will be supporting the legendary Walter Lure (Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers) at The Underworld, London in August 2013 and they started up 2013 with a great news as they signed to STP Records for the release of their second album "Forbidden to Forbid".

Track one, Copycat, of Sick Note kicks off with a powerful guitar line and heavy bassline - the soft voiced French singer Nina Courson has a voice that does not need to be loud to be appreciated, it's simply angelic.

You can hear influences from bands such as Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Hole, Killing Joke, Sex Pistols, Bauhaus, Joy Division, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Iggy and the Stooges, David Bowie, T-Rex, The Pixies, and Tanya Donelly fronted Belly  practically bleed out these tracks. These kids know their way around their instruments and the resulting sound is easy on the ears and kind on the soul. Manifesto, to me, is easily the best track on this album, Nina's vocals have a haunting Amy Mann quality to them on this song. The guitar solo here is soulful and understanding of loss and the pain and frustration that comes along with loss. 

Sick Note is a 13 track album that shouldn't be overlooked, especially if you you enjoy throwing the windows open and relaxing on a Sunday afternoon. The tracks are the perfect tempo to an easy afternoon with beer and friends

While they are not a punk [per se] band I dig this album and look forward to hearing the next. 

Hometown: London
Record Label: STP Records / Banana Castle Records
General Manager: Philip Allen
Gender Plural (mixed)


Press Contact: bananacastleltd@yahoo.co.uk
Booking Agent: bananacastleltd@yahoo.co.uk

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