Junkyard release first video in 24 years
Junkyard have released a video for the song “Faded.” This is Junkyard‘s first video since 1991 when the band released a video for “Misery Loves Company.”
On September 11, 2015, the band will have a limited edition of signed and numbered 7” vinyl copies of “Faded” / “The River” available only on its website.
Junkyard are a gritty, heavily tattooed outfit that infused elements of southern rock and blues into their brand of L.A. sleaze metal. Their no-frills brand of rock ‘n’ roll, where the music mattered more than the image, should have made them household names, but they failed to have much commercial success. The band was formed in Los Angeles by a couple of transplanted Texans in David Roach (vocals) and Chris Gates (guitar, ex-Big Boys). Members came and went before they offered the drum stool to Pat Muzingo, who in turn brought with him bassist Clay Anthony. The final piece of the puzzle was the addition of guitarist Brian Baker, whom Gates knew from the punk circuit when he was in such bands as Minor Threat and Dag Nasty.
Geffen Records gave the band $3,000 to record a few songs and quickly signed the band based on those early demos. The self-titled debut album, produced by the legendary Tom Werman, followed a grittier hard rock path then the punk roots of the members and enjoyed minor success with singles such as “Hollywood” and “Simple Man.” The follow-up album, Sixes, Sevens & Nines, was more of the same raunchy music, but just before its release, Todd Muscat (older brother of ex-Faster Pussycat‘s Brent Muscat) replaced Anthony, and the album did not do that well commercially.
A third album was recorded but never officially released as the band was dropped from their recording contract (it has since been self-released under the name of XXX and The Joker). The writing was on the wall for Junkyard and they decided to disband amidst a changing musical landscape. A live album was released in early 2000, and the band did a few live shows in America and Japan (with Tim Mosher replacing Baker). A mini album of new and old songs was released in 2003. In 2008, the band released the album, Put it on Ten and Pull the Knobs!, consisting of previously unreleased material, originally recorded for a 1987 demo that helped get them signed to Geffen.
Baker is now back in the band. Junkyard recently played at the “Cathouse Live” Festival in Irvine, California, USA on August 15, 2015 and have some tour dates lined up in Spain for October 2015.