SIN & TONIC
To be Released on February 17, 2017 (Mighty Music)
Junkyard Drive are a new band hailing from Copenhagen, Denmark. This country is known for providing us with Volbeat, Black Swamp Water, and my personal favourite, the up-and-coming band Black Oak County, among others. Junkyard Drive’s press release talks about an instance when they were recording the album, and a “well known American artist” interrupted their session to lay down tracks for his new record. The artist? None other than Justin Bieber, who is Canadian, not American, but whatever. Junkyard Drive had to vacate the studio so that the Beeb could presumably autotune his way through another generic tween abhorrence. “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.” said guitarist Birk, of that session. A cool story, but it sounds in some ways that it might have inspired Junkyard Drive to try just that little bit harder on Sin & Tonic.
This is my first review of the New Year, so Happy Moose Antlers to all! The fact that I get served with Junkyard Drive is an extended Christmas present. This album is fantastic from start to finish. It is not so much a throwback to ’80s sleaze as it is a reflection of some of the bands doing great work in the early twenty-teens…. Think Crazy Lixx, Hardcore Superstar, or King Lizard. Ya, I think this album is on par with Split Your Lip or A Nightmare Livin the Dream.
“If You Wanna Rock Me” is the perfect lead off track to this album. It tells me everything I need to know about what to expect — dirty, grimy hard rock with some great vocals and solid guitar lines. “Bone Dry Jessie” is a powerhouse, again with a well-rounded mix of vocal, guitar, and rhythm section involvement. After two tracks, it seems these guys know what they’re doing and what they want to accomplish. The first single from this album “Drama Queen” really speaks to what the band is all about. Sure, it has elements of old school Guns N’ Roses but also newer elements from Crashdïet or Santa Cruz. I’ll combine this with the next video release, “Geordie” (track #9). “Geordie” is more power-ballad oriented, to a point. Heavy on acoustic guitars, it focuses on the vocals provided by Kris. Between “Drama Queen” and “Geordie,” you should get a clear feel for what this album is about.
“Natural High” is more early ’80s Whitesnake. It took me a few listens to get into it, but it’s growing on me in a big way. What a wicked intro on “Take It All.” The verse doesn’t excite, but redeems itself in the chorus. The cowbell comes out for “BAD”, as does the great riffs and energy. This one is a pretty good party tune with a sing-along chorus. “It’s good to be bad.” Not overly original, but sounds great. The “Danger Zone” shuffle is groovy. These guys know how to write hooks. “Stone Cold Lady” is another interesting track, offering a mix of both rhythmic plodding and a double time bass drum. The slower tempo does not detract from the intensity of this track. And, just when I expect the final song to be filler, I’m presented with “Slave To Technology” which rocks its ass off.
I need to choose my words carefully here, because although its only January, Junkyard Drive will stick with me for many months. This album is fantastic for the neo-sleaze rockers out there. Sin & Tonic certainly stacks up to 2016 favourites Tango Down, The Treatment, or Shiraz Lane. This will come in as a real contender for top 20 lists this year.
01. If You Wanna Rock Me
02. Bone Dry Jessie
03. Drama Queen
04. Natural High
05. Take It All
07. Danger Zone
08. Stone Cold Lady
10. Slave To Technology
Kris – lead vocals
Birk – lead guitar, back-up vocals
Benjamin – rhythm guitar, back-up vocals
Mikkel – bass
Claus – drums, cowbell
Reviewed by Metal Mike for Sleaze Roxx, January 2017
Junkyard Drive‘s “Drama Queen” video:
“Drama Queen” is taken from the Junkyard Drive album to be released in early 2017 on Mighty Music/Target Group. https://www.facebook.com/junkyarddriveofficial Directed, filmed & edited by William Findinge. Video produced by Phillipa Records(c) Starring: Cecilie Caroline Häggqvist. Thanks to: El Loco bar, Aarhus Vinstuen, Aarhus Escobar, Aarhus Peter Gift, Aarhus Sebastian Felis.
Junkyard Drive‘s “Geordie” video:
“Geordie” is taken from the Junkyard Drive album “Sin & Tonic” to be released world wide (ex. Bickee Music in Japan) through Mighty Music on the 17th of February 2017. www.facebook.com/junkyarddriveofficial www.mightymusic.dk Pre-order the CD at Targetshop.dk – direct links Denmark: https://goo.gl/y03TTG International: https://goo.gl/5a5ENg