Formed in 2010 by UK born guitarist and singer Phil Honey-Jones and French singer Nina Courson, Healthy Junkies have established themselves in the punk scene after playing with bands such as The Damned, The Boomtown Rats, UK Subs, Walter Lure (former Heartbreakers), The Vibrators or TV Smith of The Adverts, to name a few. Over the last four years they were regular acts at Rebellion punk festival in Blackpool and have been played on various radio stations, such as TBFM which voted one of the songs on the album, ‘Danny Trash’, to number one a few weeks ago. Songwriters Nina and Phil are taking inspiration for their lyrics from everyday life, including the struggles that arise when a crazy rock’n’roll lifestyle gets to the point of mental instability and destructive behaviour. Channelling such impulses through creativity and making music is what the band uses as therapy.
The single ‘Watch Out’ is out on 15th December 2015, the album ‘Box Of Chaos’ is out on 20th February 2016.
Amplify the Anthems is a new concept aimed at delivering a platform for unsigned artists to perform and compete in a structured environment. An introductory offer of 25% discount available until 07 December. Encompassing a competition dynamic for all acts involved, with charts based on views, likes and sales, plus an opportunity for bands to develop their tour dates. The new platform will have a regional bias so bands and artists can compete and work alongside other musicians. The artists who perform best regionally will then be invited to participate in a national event in 2016 with a range of prizes to be allocated for the winners, with up to and beyond £5000 going to first place.
Each artist who signs up will be asked to enter one of their key tracks as a first stage entry. Artists must either upload a music video or track and will be moved up or down based on the amount of views, likes, and a nominal value created through donation downloads and sales of merchandise, with ATA only taking a small 20% revenue share! The artists will have the chance each month to have another track or video featured. Amplify the Anthems will then arrange a touring structure at some of the best independent venues including Scotland, Northern Ireland and of course England. The sites ranking system will allocate who the top performers are in each region with the Top 5 being asked to perform culminating in the Top 55 artists, 5 from each of the eleven regions then being eligible for the national event.
If this was not exciting enough the TOP 3 artists nationally will win cash prizes and also relevant prizes essential to help acts grow from recording, manufacturing and distribution through to promotion, full details will be available from December onwards at www.amplifytheanthems.com
One of the most important aspects of the site outside of the competition and chart focus will be the aim of allowing bands and artists to create new music by connecting with like minded artists.
As co-founder Adam Johnson explains-
‘Throughout the UK many artists are able to produce exceptional music, however they don’t necessarily have the capacity to do so. Either through a lack of equally talented performers/musicians involved, or perhaps the inability to get hold of a rehearsal/recording studio during the creation process.
Amplify the Anthems will have a unique ‘Search and Discover‘ mechanism allowing artists to advertise that they are looking for, either a band to join or if they are looking for new members. This will be filtered through music genre and region whilst adding further information such as musical ability and future scope/commitment to the band.’
Adam continues ‘The second aspect of the Search & Discover functionality allows punters to, once again, advertise in order to sell, buy, give away or acquire musical equipment and instruments. Music tuition/lessons can also be advertised which will once more be broken down through regional and musical requirements.’
www.amplifytheanthems.com will be set to combine a functionality that artists have already become accustomed to, in a truly user friendly way. Allowing new sign ups to add information easily about gigs and gathering information on fans and even backing. The aim is to be the single largest collection of live music venues and events, making it extremely easy for music lovers to find gigs in their local area any night of the year, as artists can add their upcoming gigs and keep it up-to-date.
This exciting new way for artists to interact and build their brand is set to transform the way musicians approach their music online. As it grows through 2016, it will become a must have tool for all bands serious about making a career out of the thing they love most, their music.
Goldbringer are an exciting outfit from the secluded depths of south Wales. The brain child of Ben ‘Bone’ Honebone, Goldbringer was originally a side project which allowed Ben to express his creative urges whilst allowing him to front other Welsh bands. After releasing two stellar EPs entitled ‘Stand Up’ and ‘Play’ in 2007 and 2009 respectively, Ben joined forces with percussionist and composer Wayne Absalom. The creative partnership propelled Goldbringer’s sound on to a new plane, forming a dialogue between both rock and classical styles.
Goldbringer have released a stunning 12 track album entitled ‘Telling The Truth’ which is out now!