Original Rock’n’Roll at its best! Interrupted by Bieber…
Junkyard Drive is a motley bunch! The quintet from Denmark release their debut album today via Mighty Music (Lucer, Black Oak County, Mike Tramp), and this is a collection of some very honest rock’n’roll songs, that just makes you smile.
Junkyard Drive has toured all over Denmark for the past two years, and have played in Latvia, Netherland and Germany. In October 2016, they toured USA and Mexico to perform songs from “Sin & Tonic” in Florida, Texas, Saltillo, Monterrey and Mexico City. The band has supported Lizzy Devine (Veins of Jenna, The Cruel Intentions) and shared stage with legendary Primal Fear.
I’ve heard Junkyard’s demo/EP, and “Sin & Tonic” has certainly come a long way, production wise, since 2014’s “Junkyard Luxury” EP. The sound is thick and raunchy, and singer Kris has this very clear voice, that should get just a little more rusty with time. Style wise, Junkyard Drive reminds me of a redneck-version of Skid Row, especially the guitar solo in track 3 “Drama Queen”. The drums on this track have this funny country and western vibe to them in the verses, spiced up with lots of chorus from the other members, Birk on lead guitar/backup vocals, Benjamin on rhythm guitar/backup vocals, Mikkel on bass and Claus on drums/percussion.
It’s a very “complete” album, with obvious carefully picked songs. It’s pretty interesting that Junkyard actually haven’t included any of their 2014 EP tracks on here, a bold move that they seem to have succeeded in. There’s a general theme across the whole album, without the songs starting to sound the same. That’s really hard to pull off. There are songs with suggestive lyrics, like the sleazy “Natural High” that could be used in a strip club (if you catch my drift….). You can hear a lot of the chord and tone progressions from early rock and blues, and these should satisfy people who like these genres. Ha ha, I can imagine being drunk while listening to these songs live…
My personal favourites would be “If You Wanna Rock Me”, “Take It All” (not so keen on the very last part of it, but that may just be me), and “Danger Zone” and “Stone Cold Lady” being just as awesome, while the last track “Slave To Technology” is the track that appeals to me the most. There’s a cover song too: “Geordie”, and old English folksong, which is an interesting choice – the Danish band Gasolin’ from the 70’s performed this song with modified Danish lyrics, called “Langebro”.
All in all, Junkyard Drive will take you to the roots of rock, with their no-frills and honest rock’n’roll. I’d just wish they would put a tiny bit less, somewhat weird, bridges into the songs, and being the type of band that they are, put out a rock video please, in addition to your beautiful “Geordie” video below:
“Sin & Tonic” is produced and mixed by Soren Andersen (Glenn Hughes, Electric Guitars, Mike Tramp), and is recorded live in the legendary Medley Studios in Copenhagen.
A funny thing actually happened during the sessions, a well-known American artist interrupted the band:
‘’We were about to finish the album in Medley Studios, just a couple of weeks before heading to the States. We had just two days to record 4 tracks, everything was set up and we were ready to go. This is when Justin Bieber showed up in the studio with his whole entourage of bodyguards and men in suits and wanted to record a song! Bieber put us on a 6 hours hold, but when we got back in the studio we picked up the guitars and started shredding away, and we managed to stay inside our time limit.” – Birk, lead guitar, Junkyard Drive
The vision of the album is, according to the band, to bring honesty and dignity back to the music and get rid of things like X-Factor and DJ’s. The lyrics are referring to a society where people are “experiencing” concerts through a smartphone instead of using their eyes, ears and brain.
If You Wanna Rock Me
Bone Dry Jessie
Take It All
Stone Cold Lady
Slave To Technology
Get or listen to the album:
Any streaming service near you, or go to the band’s Facebook page below to purchase it.
Watch them live:
JUNKYARD DRIVE SPRING TOUR 2017:
17. February – High Voltage, KBH
13. April – Tobakken, Esbjerg
12. May – Nordic Noise, Remisen, KBH
15. July – Korsonaner Mc Festival, Korsør
EUROPEAN TOUR TBA
Check ’em out
Check out the band at their Facebook page