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Healthy Junkies – Box of Chaos

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Healthy Junkies
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MP3 Album
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Rating:
4
On August 6, 2016
Last modified:August 6, 2016

Summary:

A few diverse flavours including Dirt Box Disco, Michael Schenker Group and Marilyn Manson make for a varied and interesting album from London based Punk Rockers Healthy Junkies to maintain your interest from start to finish.

Healthy Junkies
Healthy Junkies

London based Punk Rock band Healthy Junkies were formed in 2010 by UK born guitarist and singer Phil Honey-Jones and French singer Nina Courson. They quickly became a regular fixture on the British punk scene and have played with some big names including The Damned, The Boomtown Rats and UK Subs. Nina and Phil are the driving force behind the band with bass players and drummers coming along for the ride. Indeed the line up today isn’t the line up which played on the album which saw Nim Sadot on bass although Vera Wild played bass on Runaway Devil with Dave Renegade playing bass on Hypocrite and providing extra backing vocals and guitars on several other tracks.

Box Of Chaos was released via STP Records earlier this year. Phil and Nina describe the album as a “journey which starts with a party that quickly turns to anger and dysfunction”  The album starts off with Nice n Sleazy, with Nina’s sultry vocals befitting the lyrics to get the album off to a sexy, if not, sleazy start. It could be said that the album starts in Morecambe as Nice n Sleazy is also the name of an annual punk festival held in that popluar Lancashire seaside resort. Never Want It Again starts with a superfast, punishing beat reminiscent of label mates Dirt Box Disco.  The shortest track Hypocrite starts with a phone ringing and a recorded voice asking you to leave a message, then hurtles into an aggressive message ‘You’re such a hypocrite’ ‘I really hate you’ ‘I really do’ repeated several times and sung with unbridled aggression! The opening words to I Don’t Give a Damn will be recognised by film buffs as being a line from 1939 film Gone With The Wind. The title to Je Suis Free, a merger of French and English, to reflect the union of the band’s founding members maybe? Although I felt it had a Scottish vibe in places. Watch Out a warning that they know where you are, and can track you on CCTV, leads into the second festival on the album, thirty miles or so down the coast to another Lancashire seaside resort, Blackpool home to Rebellion, although the lyrics don’t mention a Pleasure Beach or a big tower, it’s more about going to war ‘We raise our swords to the battle cry, victory and glory’ with Phil’s vocal’s on this track reminding me of Billy Idol’s. The opening bars to Hustle Street had me thinking of The Michael Schenker Group’s Armed and Ready. The last track D7, with the refrain ‘Dimension seven’ had elements of Marilyn Manson’s Deep Sex in places.

A few diverse flavours including Dirt Box Disco, Michael Schenker Group and Marilyn Manson make for a varied and interesting album from London based Punk Rockers Healthy Junkies to maintain your interest from start to finish.

You can catch them at Rebellion Punk Music Festival tomorrow where they will playing on The Pavillion Stage at 3:10 pm and they are also playing at the aftershow party at The Tache Club in the early hours of Monday morning.

Highlight Track: Rebellion

Track List:

1: Nice n Sleazy
2: Never Want It Again
3: Danny Trash
4: Hypocrite
5: I Don’t Give a Damn
6: Je Suis Free
7: Watch Out
8: Rebellion
9: Just a Fool
10: Runaway Devil
11: Captive
12: Don’t Give Up
13: D7

 

Band Members:

Guitars – Phil Honey Jones
Vocals – Nina Courson
Bass – David Whitmore {previously Dave Renegade, Nim Sadot and Tjay Tarantino (Vera Wild Bass on Runaway Devil)}
Drums– Tony Alda {previously Steve Grainger, Steve Nightmare and Adam Lewis}

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A few diverse flavours including Dirt Box Disco, Michael Schenker Group and Marilyn Manson make for a varied and interesting album from London based Punk Rockers Healthy Junkies to maintain your interest from start to finish.

About Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!