Junkyard Drive

Nordic Noise Rock Festival - 2017

Text: Tobias Nilsson Photo: Lunah Lauridsen

The young, Danish band called Junkyard Drive had the honour of opening the 2017 Nordic Noise Rock Festival. With their brand-new debut album Sin & Tonic out and about, they were ready to lash out a healthy dose of rock ’n’ roll at a more or less unsuspecting audience.

Well, alright, it looked like most of the audience was in fact expecting them, and probably knew who they were as well. Still, this doesn't take away from the fact that Junkyard Drive knew exactly how to open this party with a blast, and that's exactly what they did!
Their Eighties resounding rock felt right at home here, where several bands were in fact remnants of the Eighties. In addition to this, Junkyard Drive still had their youthful energy in their performance however, and this is what truly set them aside from several other acts present during the festival.
Frontman Kris (these guys apparently don't have last names) had a dirty and soulful voice, and the rest of the gang rocked hard, with headbanging and posing being some of the main ingredients of the performance.

What may have put this band on the map more than anything else so far, is their version of the traditional song Geordie, made famous by Joan Baez in 1962, and domestically in the Danish version called Langebro by Gasolin. Junkyard performs the song with English lyrics and Baez’s melody, with Kris picking up an acoustic guitar.
For Nordic Noise, Junkyard had the song ending their performance, and as a special treat, they let the last verse be in the Danish version, having the entire crowd singing along.

There's really not much more to say. The performance was short and sweet, and the band did a perfect job of it. Way to open a festival.

Setlist:

Pauline
Drama Queen
Natural High
If You Wanna Rock Me
B.A.D.
Geordie (Joan Baez cover)

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