Album Review: The Love Junkies, Maybelene

The Love Junkies are an energetic young band, with grunge elements and pop smarts, who know how to put together catchy beats. Their debut album Maybelene features plenty of exciting tracks that will stay in people’s heads for a long time.The Perth band adopt fuzzy guitars, distortion of grunge and blues elements on this record, resulting in many sound-alikes. A couple of songs are reminiscent of Nirvana, while some have a 90s Brit-pop sound similar to Blur and Oasis.The album opener, “Heads Down”, is an absolute ripper with its high energy and noisy and distorted sound that sets the mood for the rest of the album. “Oxymoron” is a killer first single off the album for a young band trying to get their name out there. Several radio stations have picked up the track and given it solid airplay, and it’s no wonder given its alluring fuzzy guitar and powerful chorus.“In Our Sleep” is another great track—the verses have a nifty hook in the melody and its lyrics are meaningful. The overdub of lyrics in the third chorus works really well too. There are plenty of outstanding songs on the album, but this is a personal favourite.“Baby Come Home” has a distinct Nirvana sound, but there is nothing wrong with that. The chorus in particular is very catchy.Mitch McDonald has a powerful voice, with great variety between soft songs like “Hurt You” and then screams his lungs out on “Heads Down”. Robbie Rumble and Lewis Walsh have a tight sound and connection on the bass and drums respectively.With its bluegrass slide guitar action making it stand out from the rest of the album, “Black Sheep Blues” is definitely a catchy song. The heavy elements fit in really well and complement the bluesy nature of the verses.The wraps on The Love Junkies are huge; with NME putting them in their ‘Top 5 Australian bands to watch in 2013’ list. Listening to their album Maybelene will likely make you agree and become an instant fan. With so much over-produced, computer generated sap dominating the charts, it’s refreshing to discover a band with a hard-edged and honest approach to their music about to make an impact on the scene. The Love Junkies are currently on their album launch tour around Australia. Check their website out for Matthew Naqvi

June 26th 2013
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