artist INFO
Healthy Junkies
Punk
Rock

Founded

2010

Country

United Kingdom

Biography

Nina Courson, Healthy Junkies glamorous yet rebel lead punkster ran away from home on several occasions as a teenager. In the underworld of Paris, Nina found her true musical muse in Nirvana's music, then moved to London in 2007 to pursue her own rock n roll rite of passage.

Destiny awaited when she found guitarist Phil-Honey-Jones who at the time was in a psychedelic rock - outfit named HiroshAmour. Phil had left his dysfunctional home as a young lad as well, and the two went on their way seeking solace in the world of music. Naming the band Healthy Junkies, reflecting the mental health epidemic currently spreading like wildfire through the core of the western society. Nina and Phil arrived at this name as a reaction/rebellion to the numbing and dumbing down of the use of so many pharmaceutical meds such as Prozac.

The other full time band members include Dave Whitmore on bass and Pumpy on drums. Dave has also contributed to the songwriting on the new album and brought a breath of fresh air to the band in terms of sound and mayhem. They have been hitting the road hard in the UK and Europe for a few years now and so have built a large following, pulling 500+ at the Arena stage for Rebellion Punk Festival 2018, 2019 and also playing at various other festivals such as Camden Rock and Whitby Goth. During these years of constant gigging the band have supported such iconic punk bands as The UK Subs, GBH, 999, The Rezillos, Theatre of Hate, Sham 69, The Professionals, The Members and Eddie and the hot rods. These bands have inspired Healthy Junkies in their writing and given the band a punk rock edge to mix with their grunge/goth and psychedelic rock roots.

The band toured the west coast of the USA in late 2018 and Europe in 2019. “Delirious Dream” the band's fourth studio album was released on Banana Castle Records via Cargo Records in October 2018. It was recorded at Bark Studios by Brian O’Shaughnessy who recorded Primal Scream and My Blood Valentine at the very same studio in the 90s. It was mastered by Pete Maher whose recent projects have included The Pixies, The Rolling Stones and Jack White.

Airplay on UK radio stations continues to increase with plays by BBC Introducing ( London ), BBC Jersey, Amazing Radio, Soho Radio, Planet Rock, Total Rock, Fresh on the net and many internet and regional FM stations.

Rodney Bingenheimer former KROQ DJ and current Sirius XM DJ inspired the first tour to the USA by giving the band a lot of airplay on his show and as a result of that tour Healthy Junkies will be releasing their version of 'These Boots are made for walking' in the USA on new label Dark Spark Records in 2020.

Phil and Nina were featured in a documentary on mainstream TV channel Arte TV ( France/Germany) called United Kingdom of pop and the band received their first full feature in Vive Le Rock Magazine in 2019.

They also have been running their own monthly night in Camden Town, London for eight years now. It is called Punk and Roll Rendezvous. The night has become so successful that they decided to host a 3- day festival both in 2017, 2018 and 2019. . The criteria for the night is FREE entry and always with at least one band on the bill from outside London, sometimes abroad. They will be scouting for US bands to bring over to London to play their much sought after night. Punk and roll rendezvous and Healthy junkies have one main goal; that is to bring people together. People from across the board wishing to express themselves and be authentic without prejudice. Mixing Punk Rock with Grunge, Psychedelic Rock, New Wave, Garage Rock and Goth. Add a soupçon of theatre and you have Healthy Junkies.

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