with Broken Teeth
and Midnight Killers
$20.00 ADVANCE // $25.00 DAY OF SHOW
While odds and sods have been released over the decades, “High Water” was a firm statement of the band’s 2017, and onward, intent. Since the release of “High Water” the band has went on to play over 100+ dates either headlining or opening for the likes of Blackberry Smoke, L.A. Guns, etc. worldwide. Later this year a reissue of some latter day songs from th bands 1991/92 era will finally be “officially” released on Acetate Records with the title “Old Habits Die Hard.”
As singer and founding member David Roach explains, in recent years, JUNKYARD had a blast playing “reunion” shows, which quickly turned into mini-tours through Spain and packed gigs across America. New songs began percolating, and JUNKYARD began writing.
“I had no grand illusions of a magnum opus, or that we’d try and recreate what we were 25 years ago,” Roach states. “This album is not a departure; it’s a rock ‘n’ roll record from JUNKYARD with songs about life, love, regret, addiction and memories.”
JUNKYARD, who hit MTV and radio hard with their self-titled 1989 Geffen Records debut and singles “Hollywood” and “Simple Man”, cement the authenticity their first two records on “High Water”, such blunt songs as the soul-searching of “Cut From The Same Cloth” to “We F*ck Like We Fight” (politely abbreviated as “WFLWF” for the politically correct) going down as easy as an aged Kentucky bourbon.
The band members are straight ahead guys, but “High Water” has a few shades of meaning. Guitarist Tim Mosher explains: “It could be interpreted more than one way — like a ‘high water mark’ or the old phrase come ‘hell or high water,’ or with the image of the bottle on our CD cover, the actual ‘high water,’ aka booze!” “High Water” also boasts writing and lead guitar credits from Brian Baker, a JUNKYARD founding member who played with the band more than 25 years, but now plays his trade full time with BAD RELIGION. On the road, JUNKYARD are joined by Jimmy James (THE HANGMEN), with founding member Pat Muzingo and bassist Todd Muscat, who joined the band in 1991, rounding out the lineup.
“The JUNKYARD sound is a pretty classic one: big guitars and drums with David spilling his guts on top,” says Mosher, who produced the album. We wanted ‘High Water’ to sound loose and live, so as far as production goes we weren’t trying to re- invent the wheel, just deliver the songs in the best light we could, then mix in some big riffs and throaty vocals and that’s ‘YARD.”
JUNKYARD’s classic sound got some help from a fan and friend on “High Water”: Charlie Starr from the band BLACKBERRY SMOKE wrote the dramatic, forthright statement “Till the Wheels Fall Off” specifically for JUNKYARD.
As for a theme running through “High Water”, Roach jokes “we’re not that clever,” but describes the album as “a rock ‘n’ roll record with a nod to punk rock and outlaw country rock.” It’s a sound that’s both timeless and timely.
As always, JUNKYARD steer clear of politics: “I personally prefer to keep politics out of my rock. I understand it’s a great platform, and maybe some feel it’s your duty to use it to a purpose, but I just feel our music is just for escape.”
For his part, lyricist Roach is unafraid to mine his own missteps in song, as he did in the past with 1989 fan favorite, “Hands Off”. This go-round, he confesses all via the tune ‘Wallet”. “That song was inspired by a night I spent with a stranger on the eve of a tour,” says Roach. “I met her at [Hollywood bar] Boardners and we went to her place. The next day I snuck off like a rat to go home and pack for the tour. After I left, I realized I left my wallet and had to do the walk of shame to retrieve it. Similar incidents have occurred — before and since to me — and I’m sure, countless others.”
The band — and it’s legion of longtime fans — is excited that “High Water” brings back JUNKYARD as an ongoing concern. As one of the great guttersnipe L.A. bands of the late ’80s — a storied crew that includes GUNS N’ ROSES, LITTLE CAESAR, THE HANGMEN — JUNKYARD were proud to be part of “one of the last great rock ‘n’ roll scenes,” as they term it.
“I don’t think we dated ourselves too badly in the beginning so a lot of our songs still have some relevance,” said Roach. “Also, we were in hibernation a while, we weren’t playing while a lot of our contemporaries were. It’s not so much longevity as it was people who missed us 20 years ago finally have a chance to see us.”
Mosher, who was a fan of the group before joining JUNKYARD in 2000, sees all angles of the JUNKYARD saga…
“Although it’s been 17 years since I joined, I’m still ‘the new guy,’ so with ‘High’, I wanted to give the fans something I would’ve wanted as a JUNKYARD fan — a proper third album,” said Mosher. “It was important to all of us that the record be a statement of intent that could connect with fans from back in the day as well as hopefully find new ones for whom this might be their first ‘YARD record. It’s a tall order, but we’re up for it.”
David Roach – Vocals
Tim Mosher – Guitar
Todd Muscat – Bass
Patrick Muzingo – Drums
Jimmy James – Guitar
ABOUT BROKEN TEETH
TWENTY YEARS AFTER SEIZING POWER IN AUSTIN, TEXAS, ROCK-ROLL BATTERING SQUAD BROKEN TEETH IS POISED TO THROW ITS HARDEST PUNCH EVER AFTER SIGNING WITH MEGADETH BASSIST DAVID ELLEFSON AND FORMER CORPORATE PUNISHMENT PRESIDENT THOM HAZAERT AT THEIR POWERHOUSE EMP LABEL GROUP. THE LABEL WILL ISSUE BROKEN TEETH’S NEW ALBUM 4 ON THE FLOOR IN APRIL 2017.
“THOM AND I BOTH HAVE A LOT OF HISTORY WITH JASON (MCMASTER), AND WE ARE BOTH HUGE FANS OF DANGEROUS TOYS AND WATCHTOWER. HE IS ONE OF THE GREATEST AND MOST VERSATILE HARD ROCK VOCALISTS AROUND, AND THAT IS DEFINITELY SHOWCASED IN BROKEN TEETH. WE ARE EXTREMELY PROUD TO WELCOME THEM TO THE EMP FAMILY, AND RELEASE THEIR KILLER NEW ALBUM.”
“OBVIOUSLY, WE HAVE THE UTMOST RESPECT FOR DAVE AS BOTH A MUSICIAN AND PROMOTER OF HARD ROCK MUSIC,” SAID BROKEN TEETH VOCALIST JASON MCMASTER. “I HAVE SOME HISTORY WITH DAVE AND THOM, AND COULDN’T BE HAPPIER TO JOIN FORCES WITH THEM AS WE PREPARE TO UNLEASH THE LATEST CHAPTER OF BROKEN TEETH MUSIC.”
ONCE DESCRIBED AS “A PISSED-OFF AC/DC,” BROKEN TEETH HAS EVOLVED INTO A HARD-ROCK/HEAVY METAL BOMB BLAST BUILT ON THE SWAGGERING BOOGIE OF BAD-BOY BLUES. NOT SURPRISINGLY, 4 ON THE FLOOR CONTINUES THE BAND’S GRITTY LEGACY WITH ODES TO THE REBELLIOUS, FORBIDDEN LOVE OF ROCK-N-ROLL (THE SLOW-STOMPING “SINFUL”); STANDING PROUD AS A LONER ( THE RIOTOUS BURNER, “HOUSE OF DAMNATION”); LIFE ON THE ROCK-N-ROLL HIGHWAY TO HELL (THE BLUESY SHUFFLE OF “BORROWED TIME”); AND THE ULTIMATE SALUTE TO LEGENDARY MOTORHEAD MAIN MAN, LEMMY KILMISTER (THE APPROPRIATELY ROLLICKING “NEVER DEAD,” WHICH WAS WRITTEN BEFORE LEMMY’S PASSING).
“WE DON’T REALLY DO TRIBUTES, BUT LEMMY AND THE KIND OF ROCK-N-ROLL HE DID IS WHAT WE’RE ALL ABOUT,” SAID BROKEN TEETH GUITARIST JARED TUTEN. “IT JUST FELT RIGHT FOR BROKEN TEETH TO IMMORTALIZE HIM FOREVER.”
ABOUT MIDNIGHT KILLERS
Loud and nasty rock and roll straight out of Austin, Texas.
Mick Royale – Vocals/Guitar
Anthony Wattage – Guitar/Vocals
Kriss Ward – Drums/Vocals
Jay Thunder – Bass Guitar