What happens when a band takes several diverse genres such as grunge, punk, glam and rock and combines them? In the case of Healthy Junkies, you end up with a unique sound.
I had the opportunity to catch them live, this past Friday, 12 October at The Unicorn on Camden Road at a free gig that also featured Tango Pirates, another great band I will be reviewing on another upcoming post.
Healthy Junkies is fronted by Parisian lead singer Nina Courson, a striking lithe blonde with a great stage presence and a voice perfectly suited for the band’s mix of genres. Her style of singing reminded me, at times, of Siouxsie Sioux, though to be truthful, she has her own individual style that cannot be compared.
The band played a varied set of originals that showcased their talent for blending genres well. Drummer Steve Nightmare and bassist Tjay Tarantino provided a solid rhythm foundation, which was complimented by the scratchy grunge/punk guitar riffs from Phil Honey-Jones, and soaring above it all, Nina’s voice, tinged with a light French accent which added that special layer that gave the band their very own sound. This is one of those bands that will appeal to lovers of many musical genres. Go see them, you won’t be disappointed.
Speaking of that, you’ll have two chances to catch them live in the next couple of weeks. First, on Friday 26 October, once again at The Unicorn. If you miss that one, you’ll get another chance on Friday 9 November, at The Unicorn again. Both gigs are FREE so be sure to go and check them out!
Lastly, check out the band’s Reverbnation profile by clicking on the photo below which will take you to their band profile there, where you can listen to several songs and even download some for free. I wasn’t at all surprised to see their high ranking as Number 4.
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