Born in 1998 to two middle Minnesotan city boys, Ryan “Mean” Deaner (vocals, drums) and D Conrad Gimse (vocals, guitar), Amerikan Junk is a legacy group that has been around for over a decade.
Starting out in the small town of Willmar, MN (pop. 18351), Ryan and Conrad had recruited two other local youths. Ben “Shapes” Chapin to play bass, and Ben “Bendale” Dale (formerly of "The DTs” and “The Peter North Quartet”) on backing guitar, quickly writing a handful of songs so they could get out and play some shows.
In 1999 the boys, minus bassist Ben “Shapes”, moved to the bubbling city of Saint Cloud and recruited a young bassist, Adam Huff, later of “Left Hand Path” fame. They set out to play some shows in the area over the next couple of years in house parties, coffee shops and dive bars that would allow their raunchy drunken music to infect their PA systems.
In 2003, following a year hiatus, Ryan and Conrad joined back together to record The Way You Seem EP with soon-to-be-guitarist Jeremy Beard at Ridgewater College’s Hutchinson campus. Adding bassist Ryan Nielson, the foursome set out to play a great deal of venues in Minnesota from the Twin Cities metro area to Duluth and Superior, WI. In 2004 the quartet recorded four tracks that would become the EP Sir Conformer and continued to play venues across the state.
In the following year Amerikan Junk attained another new bass player, Jason Olson (of “Woodenman Ceilingfan” and “Hook Echo”) and IPR graduate Brent Lundquist as recording tech. Amerikan Junk recorded the "Monkeys for Sale EP" featurong 5 great tunes.
Throughout the years, Amerikan Junk has been able to keep their projects 98.685% DIY. With low media support and without the aid of a record label, they have been able to keep control of their own sound and their lack of clear message!