How Healthy Junkies formed:
Parisian Lead singer Nina Courson met British guitarist Phil Honey-Jones in 2009 in the now defunct venue Punk in Soho, both of them were in separate bands at the time. It wasn't long, however, before ideas of their own and a new found mutual volatility raised its wretched head and so they started to write songs together as a kind of antidote to this madness , the shared influences of the likes of Iggy Pop, Nirvana, Blondie, Killing Joke,Sonic Youth, Bauhaus and Bowie playing a big part in the direction of the music. Inspiration has come from far and wide and lyrically the lines between autobiographical and fiction are blurred and merged. I suppose if there was a specific aim it would be to capture and bottle the essence of certain music from the past and release it kicking and screaming into the now with a fresh baby scent.
They played their first gig together at an all day punk festival in Brighton in September 2010 where the promoter unfortunately ran off with the money and Healthy Junkies only got to play about 15 mins before the festival shut down.. Since then the band have played many gigs all over the U.K. including a slot at the mighty Rebellion punk festival in August 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and just smashed it in 2016. The band continue to play at their self-hosted monthly night at The Unicorn, Camden London called Punk'n'roll rendezvous as well as travelling all round the UK and Europe regularly.
On stage lead singer Nina Courson interacts with the other band members and entices her audience in the theatre that has become the trademark of their live shows. Its all in the songs really, make what you will of them, they are just diary pieces personal to us and about what we see around us. Healthy Junkies are here to entertain, we play what they feel like playing and don't feel the need to compromise or fit in. The world right now is in a state of chaos and is getting worse on so many levels so we feel that we need live music more than ever to either take us away from this or help us face it. Either way this is where we find ourselves and so stay Healthy if you can and if you're going to get addicted to something, make it music that means something, not prossac/mind numbing pharmaceutical corporate rip off pills intended to kill individuality off and turn us into lobotomized robot slaves.
They self released their debut album entitled Sick Note in 2011. The follow up 'The Lost Refuge' is now available on STP Records and an E.P. entitled 'Hair of the dog' is now available only at gigs or from the band themselves on www.healthyjunkies.co.uk.The third studio album 'Box of chaos' is now out on STP Records on CD format ( available now from www.stprecords.co.uk or our own website) and can be downloaded on i tunes or streamed on spotify now . A new video entitled 'I don't give a damn' has just been released.
The current line-up for the band now includes Dave Whitmore on bass guitar and Tony Alda on drums playing alongside Nina and Phil.