Exclusive: Getting To Know London UK's Rock Group Healthy Junkies
Founder members of Healthy Junkies, Nina Courson and Phil Honey-Jones played their first gig together in late 2010 supporting Goldblade at a disastrous punk festival in Brighton where Healthy Junkies only played for 10 minutes before the festival was shut down and the promoter ran off with the money. Undeterred they continued to play shows all over the UK, travelling miles and playing anywhere and everywhere including Europe and festivals such as the mighty Rebellion festival, Blackpool, The Whitby Goth festival and The Camden Rocks festival, London. They have also played support slots to iconic UK bands such as The UK Subs, The Professionals, Sham 69, GBH, The Rezillos and Theatre of hate. They have gathered so much momentum along the way, building an audience and crafting their sound all the while. With 3 studio albums (2 of them on Manchester based STP Records) and 2 EPs under their belt Healthy Junkies have just finished mixing a fourth album. This is set for released on October 12th on Cargo records. Also In 2018 tours to Ireland and Germany have already been booked, plus on the back of continued support from Legendary radio DJ Rodney Bingenheimer on Sirius XM and also support from Brian Foss of KEXP Radio in Seattle a tour to the west coast of the U.S.A. is happening in October/November 2018.
Healthy Junkies recently released a new song titled 'No Control'. The song comes with an accompanied music video full of the perfect neon lighting throughout. We're totally in love with this UK alt-rock tune. The song starts with some nice heavy guitar riffs and instrumentals making the intro of the song one that will get your up off your feet instantly. The song gives us the ultimate grunge -alt rock chill vibe. Nina's voice is infectious. Her voice is is unique, quirky, mysterious and powerful all in one which has us wanting more. The song is about being yourself, expressing yourself and not feeling the need to fit into someone else’s idea of who they think you are, hence the song title choice ' No Control'. Keep an eye out for them on the playlist charts as they prepare to dominate North America. Healthy Junkies have definitely proven themselves and are here to stay.
If you're into bands like The Black Angels, The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Pretty Reckless you're going to fall instantly in love Healthy Junkies. If you're a fan of the video above, add 'No Control' to your Spotify playlist here.
We had the chance to sit down with Healthy Junkies and do an exclusive interview about their new song, writing styles and upcoming shows. Check it out below!
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
Hi . This is Nina Courson-singer and Phil Honey-Jones-guitarist/singer from UK band Healthy Junkies.
Tell us a bit about your new song and the writing style behind it
Our new single is called ‘No Control’. It was born out of a live jam at a gig in Blackpool, UK where we needed to play longer and as we had a stand in bass player (Tommy Keeling) we had to make up a tune on the spot. We came up with this. On the way to the show we had been listening to Hawkwind and Siouxie and the Banshees whose influence you can clearly hear in the song.
Where did the inspiration behind the song come from?
Lyrically the song is about being yourself, expressing yourself and not feeling the need to fit into someone else’s idea of who they think you are. Mental health is a much talked about topic at the moment with many people coming forward and sharing their experience. This song embraces the current mental health epidemic. As band with a name like Healthy Junkies we have always been interested in Human nature, society and the effects of social conditioning on people. We are not fans of the dumbing down of nations through the use of pharmaceutical pills designed by corporate monsters for profit. We are interested in real people and their feelings
What are the top 3 things you would love your fans to know about you on the more personal side of things?
We love or cat who is called Sid (Named after Sid Vicious)
We like to party all the time with our friends and fans
We do not buy into the whole Diva star attitude thing and are down to earth and easy to approach and talk to
Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who hasn’t seen you live yet, how would you explain your live performance?
Yes we have plenty of live shows coming up all over the UK, Europe and a tour of the West coast of the USA in the fall. You can find a comprehensive list of all our shows on our website
www,healthyjunkies.co.uk. Our live performance is fluid, energetic, engaging and crosses over Punk Rock, Psychedelic mayhem and all out Grunge. Come and see us and lose yourself for a moment with us…
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