Originally posted in Valkyrian Music.
» I confess I didn’t know much about Junkstars – except that they were a punk-ish rock band and had won the best Swedish newcomer at Bandit Rock Awards 2012. That was enough for me – punk rock bands always work great on stage, plus they had the vote of so many Bandit listeners… even if the quick listen I took on Spotify didn’t impress me much, I was sure I was going to have a great time. And of course I was right. Let me tell you that the studio versions don’t make these guys any justice!
It was their very debut album, “With A Twist Of Lemon”, that caused such a fuss in the Swedish music scene, but only half of their setlist featured its songs. Since the follow-up is supposed to see the light of day this fall, I believe the other half was all new songs.
At some point, singer/guitarist Max Diesel introduced the band’s own Lifestyle Magazine (“40 pages of punk n roll!”), made after their “reality show” Junkstars Lifestyle, whose episodes can be watched on Bandit’s website. Just go check it out in order to understand.
They’re one of the Monster Energy Drink bands and so the gig was being filmed. That’s why I got somewhat better pics of them – the cameraman had his own light and I took advantage of it (tack som fan Sulan Von Zoomlander!). Truth be told, such adrenaline is better caught in a video than in a photo.
“Traveling”, “Fuck Me I’m Famous” or “Jane In A Box”, the new “Old School” and “Fucked Forever”, all songs were a party on and off stage. “Rock Bottom” got a special guest singer – Richie Puzz. Who later would pull people on stage, so that “Bang Bang Baby Bang” got lots of special guest singers. What an awesome way to finish a concert! «