Ottawa based MonkeyJunk is coming to Pictou County and bringing fans a taste of their new CD this Friday, 9 p.m., at the White Tail Pub in Westville.
The Ottawa based band MonkeyJunk is performing at the White Tail Pub in Westville Friday night. SUBMITTED
The band’s last recording, To Behold, won the Juno Award for Blues Album of the Year in 2012.
The band whose music walks a fine line between blues and rock, lean a little more to the latter style with this CD, All Frequencies,
which officially launches on Tuesday.
“It’s definitely a little less in the traditional blues vein and more rock and roll,” band member Steve Marriner told The News Wednesday.
That said they haven’t forgotten their blues roots altogether.
“It’s a big part of what we do. Even our kind of rock and roll songs are a blues flavour,” Marriner said.
The band performed in Pictou County last year and had a great time so are looking forward to getting back this weekend.
The band first formed in 2008, but all three have been performing for a long time before that and were friends before any of that happened.
Mariner said it was when he was 13 that Tony D, their lead guitar player, first got him up on stage. The two would play frequently together and then added Matt Sobb on percussion and drums.
“It grew into a team,” he said.
While in some ways their success came quickly, Marriner credits their hard work for making it a reality. In addition to developing a large fan base and winning the Juno, they have also been frequent winners at the Maple Blues Awards.
“It’s nice to see that people are paying attention and that hard work is being rewarded,” Marriner said.
MonkeyJunk kicks off the fall season at the White Tail for the Pictou County Blues Society.
The night of the show a 50/50 draw will be held to help fund sending some Nova Scotia artists to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. The Pictou County Blues Society will also hold a raffle for the book “A Portrait of Blues in Canada.”
More about the band
• The name MonkeyJunk comes from Son House, who once said ‘I’m talking about the blues, I ain’t talking ’bout no monkeyjunk.’
• 2012 Juno Award winner – Blues Album of the Year
• 2008-2013 – 15 Maple Blues Awards
• 2010 Canadian Independent Music Award – Blues Album of the Year
• 2010 Blues Music Award (USA) – Best New Artist Debut