Junk Antique is a new collective that shares the love of blues, rock, grunge and soul. Reflecting on musical experiences so far, all kinds of images come to mind: the truth, the lies, the good guys and the bad guys. This is a band out to reclaim music for those who have something to say, and we caught up with Greddy and Nix as they wrapped up the filming for a video to single ‘Black Cocaine’.
First up, tell us bit about yourself - what were you all doing before forming Junk Antique?
Playing in different bands, doing different projects that were both musical and non-musical.
What brought you all together and why the name Junk Antique?
Nix: We’ve known each other for a while. I’d been playing solo acoustic stuff but missed the power of a band. As for the name, it’s the title of one of the songs. I liked it because it conjured up something retro, vintage, classy and trashy.
Greddy: Nix and I had played in a band previously so that was just about reconnecting a friendship.
How do you write your music? Is there any kind of routine that helps?
Nix: I tend to write songs in big handfuls and then there are big gaps!
Greddy: A blue print is brought in, the bones of a track to build up, a riff might emerge and then we jam on it and see where we can take it.
If your music was a person, what would their personality be?
Nix: A loyal friend to a real mix of people.
Greddy: Easy going yet philosophical, truthful and, at times, hard hitting.
Tell us about your new song, ‘Black Cocaine’. What’s it about?
Greddy: Snorting pure quality cocaine… hahaha, it’s about crime and corruption that continues to sweep the world.
Nix: Yeah and it’s written from the point of view of the protagonist who is a criminal that’s been caught. He’s telling his story from a jail cell.
You’re shooting a video for ‘Black Cocaine’ soon. Do you have a plan for that?
We’ve actually just shot it. It’s now in the hands of the amazing producers at iKon Films London to edit and will be unleashed in January. It’s a cool black and white video… don’t want to give too much away!
What are your hopes for the single?
To push the band forward to a bigger audience, to reach and affect people in a positive way. Also to let them know that Rock is alive and well.
Your debut album Magic Water is out now. Where was it recorded and what are its themes?
Univibe Audio in Birmingham UK. The themes are reflection, defiance, reassurance, love and redemption.
Which was the hardest song to get right and why?
‘Magic Water’ the title track. Mainly because it’s a slow, hypnotic piece that gradually builds and builds. We had to get the feel and atmosphere right. This was done by taking a step back each time we added something. It’s not complicated but has lots of elements.
Can you pick out one song you are most proud of and why?
Nix: ‘Little Naked Tree’. It’s short, sweet and very simple. For me, it’s a perfect marriage of meaningful lyrics and music. The singing, guitars and bass are delicate while the drums are quite big. And I love the female backing vocals.
What have you been listening to this year? Top 3 records of 2016?
Nix: Oh man….there are probably plenty of good ones I haven’t heard yet! I’m always playing catch up, but here goes:
- Hurt & The Merciless by The Heavy
- New Vintage by De’Mar
- Hollow Bones by Rival Sons
If you had to pick one act to see live next year, who would it be?
Nix: Rival Sons.
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
Nix: Axl Rose.
Greddy: Lenny Kravitz.
What’s planned for 2017?
Nix: Get an additional guitarist who can sing backing vocals. Ideally a female to bring a new dynamic.
Greddy: To focus on gigs and get established as a live band. Maybe support Guns N’ Roses in London in June?!
Listen to ‘Black Cocaine on SoundCloud below. For the latest news about the band, head to the Junk Antique official site.