Introducing // The Poet Junkies

by AdamTait
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on 22 February 2016 in Features

Having drawn early comparisons to indie behemoths Arctic Monkeys, Plymouth's The Poet Junkies had a huge 2015 and show no sign of slowing down in 2016.

With the release of their new EP imminent, we put some questions to guitarist Jon and drummer Matt about their brand of indie rock and plans for the future. Read what they had to say below and head over to their to support their new music.

First things first, who are you, where are you from, what do you do?

We are The Poet Junkies a four piece Indie Rock band from the South West, UK. Doing what we love, which is creating music and playing to new audiences!

How did the four of you come together?

We all came together through a mutual love of music and with the same goals to be the best band in the South West!

What's the story behind the name?

Coming up with the name is the hardest part of being in a band. The Poet Junkies was our frontman Brendan's choice to put in the hat. It felt right as our songs are heavily focused on the lyrics. The last thing we wanted was a name that if you typed into Google everyone would have it.

It seems like people have fairly swiftly pegged you as indie rock successors to the likes or Arctic Monkeys et al. Is that a definition you're happy with?

We get compared to a lot of bands, Arctic Monkeys being one of the main. It's not a bad thing to be compared to one of the best indie bands, if not the biggest in the world. So we are happy, but we do think we have our own sound. We looking forward to what people say when we release our new EP.

Describe your sound to us in five words.

Massive, lyrical, original, loud, tight.

Traditional rock's been out of the spotlight for a little while, what acts - other than yourselves - have got you excited at the moment?

There are a lot of emerging bands that we think are doing things right and breaking through within the last year, but David Bowie has put a spark back into the music industry and its great that a 69 year old can dominate the scene even after passing away RIP Bowie.

You've been in the studio working on a new EP. How will it differ from what we've heard so far?

We don't want to give to much away but expect bigger and catchy choruses, well thought out lyrics and very powerful.

You had a pretty great 2015. What was the highlight of the year for you?

The biggest highlight of last year was getting to play on the MTV Crashes Stage where many great artists have played before.

What does 2016 hold for you?

New music, new music videos, more gigs and festivals.

And finally, tell us something you know now that you didn't a year ago.

Rome wasn't built in a day! If you're in a band or doing something you love have patience and good things will come!


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