Danish hardrock is not everyday food in my CD player but when it rocks it really rocks, like JUNKYARD DRIVE Anders Ekdahl ©2017
How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-Well, we wanted to have a name that sounded like a rock band, so when you read the name for the first time, you would be able to tell that we’re playing rock n’ roll. That’s why we liked the word “Junkyard” to begin with. It has some punch to the sound of the word, and has associations of something dirty and powerful. We had some difficulties choosing the final band name, but we ended up with Junkyard Drive, which we’re all pretty stoked about.
As I am new to your band perhaps a short introduction might be in order?
-We are a classic 5-piece band with 2 guitarist, 1 bassist, 1 drummer and a lead singer. We’re from Denmark, and the hometown of the band is Roskilde(probably you’ve heard of the festival 😉 ). We started out in the summer of 2014, with the vision of playing straight and honest rock n’ roll in the style of AC/DC & Airbourne. Since that the band has grown musically, we’ve started to explore more aspects of rock music, and slowly evolving our own sound which you can hear on our debut record “Sin N’ Tonic”.
As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
-The things that influences the music, changes from song to song. Sometimes it’s when we’ve heard something that we liked from others, like a sound, a feeling or a way of building up a song. Sometimes we get inspiration of something happened during the day, and then we write a song about it. It can come from everywhere.
When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-Not really yet, but we totally want to create a new worldwide movement where musicians actually are creative and can play, instead of how it works today where the most popular artist are ones who can’t: sing, play an instrument, or write their own songs.
How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-It’s pretty important to have good artwork, posters and pictures if you want your audience to actually listen to your music or go to your shows. So we find it very important to have a professional look when we promote ourselves, but still it shouldn’t be in the main focus. The most important thing is still the music, so that’s what we work the most on!
What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-The lyrics are mostly influenced by what happens around us. We have songs about partying, songs about women, songs about what we like or most likely what we don’t like in the society. A main thing of what we see as good lyrics, is when the lyrics sound good when we sing them. The sound of the lyrics are weighted higher than the meaning of the songs. But of course the best lyrics has a bit of both.
Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-There’s no doubt about that we’re influenced by the 70’s and 80’s music, but maybe the album is more relevant that it would have been back then. Nowadays everyone are listening to shitty mainstream music and rock music is playing a smaller role than it did before, so we need put out more records like that if we want to keep real rock alive. Digital or analog really doesn’t play a major role in our opinion. We play on analog equipment, but the album is mixed digitally. Who cares?
Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-Definitely it would be more digital. It’s easier, and the physical media is dying, and it has both good and bad sides. It has become easier to reach a bigger crowd, but at the same time people don’t take the time to listen to a full album. The only physical media that will survive would probably be the vinyl records, which we think is fucking cool!
How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
-Touring is what we live for in this band. Right now we’re touring in Denmark, but we’ve been touring in: U.S.A, Mexico, Germany, Netherland and Latvia. We love to come to new places and play for a new crowd. The live show is what we find most important in our band. To give a great experience to the crowd, and give it all we’ve got is what we love about music.
What lies in the future?
-Well right now we’re touring DK, and we’re gonna continue with that for a while. Our record is still pretty new, so we need to play it everywhere we can. So our future plans are to play as much as we can, and then as soon as possible go play outside Denmark again!