The White Stripes, mudhoney, Queens Of The Stone Age
Mitch McDonald- Guitar/Vocals, Robbie Rumble- Bass, Lewis Walsh- Drums
leadbelly, mudhoney, Refused
“Ears exploding never felt so good.” – US blogger Whiskey Teeth. Hailing from the foothills of Perth, Western Australia, The Love Junkies were founded by singer/songwriter Mitch McDonald and drummer Lewis Walsh at the end of 2009. The duo met many moons prior in high school, jamming out the beginnings of what would become The Love Junkies. By the time the band hit the studio a mere three months later, long time high school friend Robbie Rumble had joined on bass to complete the lineup. 2011 saw the band release their debut self titled EP independently. The EP launch sold out in no time with punters who missed out on tickets jumping the back wall of the venue to catch a glimpse at the band’s powerhouse set. The EP received local feature album on RTR FM and rave reviews. “An unrelenting onslaught of fuzzy guitar fury, the five tracks contained within are fast, hard and immediate, with infectious melodies that will linger in your mind long after the record has stopped spinning” – David Sayers (SPACE SHIP NEWS). Soon after the release, the band jumped back into the studio, this time with producer Dave Parkin (Emperors, Felicity Groom, Jebediah, Snowman), from Blackbird Studios to record their single 'Crying Rhymes' and b-side 'Peter Rabbit'. The single was released on the 30th July to an ecstatic crowd at Mojo’s Bar in North Fremantle. “Catchy, tidy, amped up indie rock from a young Perth three-piece. Crying Rhymes has a swinging rhythm, heavy guitar fuzz and an easy, grunge-style vocal melody.” – Simone Ubaldi (BEAT Magazine). The single was nominated for the WAM Song Of The Year Award 2011, and received airplay on local and national stations such as RTR FM, PBS, SYN FM as well as being spun on Triple J’s Home and Hosed, added to Dom Alessio’s Unearthed podcast and receiving a lot of love on Triple J Unearthed radio. “These guys have the live chops – a short sharp burst of really great fiery frenetic indie rock.” – Dom Alessio (Triple J) In 2012 the band released their third single 'Louise' and b-side ‘Black Sheep Blues’ to a sellout crowd in January. The single was recorded by Canadian producer Alan Brey (The Novocaines, The Dirty Secrets) at Ampersonic Studios. "Great driving riffs in this song. And what a voice!" - Gemma Pike (Triple J) B-side Black Sheep Blues was added to Dom Alessio’s podcast and is still rotating on Triple J Unearthed radio. Over their short career, The Love Junkies have supported bands such as La Dispute, Band Of Skulls, The Vasco Era, Papa Vs Pretty, British India, Stonefield, Die! Die! Die!, Ouch! My Face, Emperors and played the 2012 Perth Big Day Out and RTRFM’s infamous In The Pines Festival. After releasing single "Oxymoron", the band scored slots at 2013's Southbound, Big Day out and Groove In The Moo festivals, as well as a national support with British India, being the bands first expedition outside of Western Australia. The band recently released their debut album "Maybelene" in June, and are currently touring around Australia, as well as having a ton of shows already lined up for the rest of 2013.
Rockin' Perth 3-piece The Love Junkies are the winners of our Southbound Competition. They'll be taking their driving riffs and fuzzed-out guitars to the Sunny Stage of Southbound in Busselton on Saturday 5th January.
Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
I like to think of our music as being an open book. The content is very personal and confrontational at times. The music has to cater for the lyrical content so it turns into a mash up of genres. We love our heavy music and have drawn influences from bands like Refused, Mudhoney and Nirvana but we also love the softer dark side to music so we're all big fans of bands like Radiohead and artists like Gareth Liddiard and Jeff Buckley. I think from trying to express all these different thoughts and feelings in the space of 3:30 minutes, an element of insanity is present in our music haha.
You’re the winners of our Southbound competition and will be playing the festival in the first weekend of 2013. What can the Southbound crowd expect from The Love Junkies live show?
Three very excited young men with big muffs ;)
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Don't listen to them. As long as you believe in it enough and work hard enough, you'll be fine". Michael McDonald (my ol' man).
What are your New Years resolutions?
Listen to more Elliot Smith, Patti Smith, The Smiths, Watch more Will Smith films, eat more Smiths chips, change my name to Smith. SMITH.
What’s coming up for you in 2013?
We're releasing our album early in the year and are going tour and play our little sugar buns off. And then record another album :)
Australian music is…?
...BOSS!View Profile Hide Interview