Three years after forming, Absinthe Junk is taking ahold of its voice. After many career u-turns and a few fist fights, the eccentric group of musical misfits have thrown away the formula to pursue their own unique and ambitious sound. The band's unique instrumentation lays the foundation for a sharply crafted assault of metaphorical undertones which saturate the moment, leaving each tune as complex and unique as the instrumentation before it. The free-wheeling spirit of the band completely parallels the unique era of French history that inspired their name.
Absinthe was the drink of choice during the Bohemian Revolution and is still the most maligned drink in world history, with a near-worldwide ban in 1915. "Basically, it was banned on junk science," singer and multi-instrumentalist Blair explains. She adds about the reflection on her group's double entendre band name to their music. "The ideals of pushing boundaries, defying the mainstream commercialism, and just playing what we want, how we want, whether the world thinks it's trash or not, embodies what we're about."
After their first full-length release, 'Living Ghosts', Absinthe Junk found themselves boxed into mainstream idealism; a place where it was thought that keyboards and background vocals ruin records and the road since then has been nothing but a battle to break away from that chain of convention.
"I have no interest in sounding like all the bands down the street… if we don't test our limits as artists, what right do we have to call ourselves such?" asks Blair.
In their upcoming sophomore release, 'Death in the Afternoon,' Absinthe Junk has taken a careful approach to not lose the human element and the beautiful imperfections of real music. "We try to make the best records we can and stay on the road as much as possible, and get an audience the old fashion way." shares guitarist and vocalist, Patrick Himes.
Absinthe Junk took a 180 approach to Death in the Afternoon', versus their debut, self-engineering and producing every aspect of the record. At the same time, the lyrical and tonal approach has been equally rediscovered. "We're a group of goofballs who love to make noise together and that attitude has found its way into songs. The most piercing idea of a tune may be surrounded by peppy tones, making it almost comical," Blair shares. "Life's too short to be so damn serious. Adding an element of comedy to make the music a little more tongue-in-cheek has been one of my favorite changes that we've made as a band."
Still not for the timid listener of rock, Absinthe Junk's ethereal melodies are fused with eclectic musical influences, and held together with smart, relatable lyrics - all of which forge a hard hitting progressive alliance.
The new album may not be the hippest thing to hit the streets, and it definitely won't be perfect," added Blair. "It's built to last; to be timeless. It will be real, identifiable, and it will be epic."