Bad Juju unveil their highly-anticipated sophomore EP You’re Not Alone. A melancholy and emotive compilation, the EP sees Bad Juju channel their powerful brand of punk rock and grunge to deal with the complications of relationships, the stresses of everyday life, love, guilt and grief.
Lead single Dawn sees Bad Juju again draw inspiration from real-life relationships, detailing the experience of supporting a friend through their battle with addiction.
The band talk about their top ten albums to inspire creativity…
The Offspring – Smash
This is one of the first punk records I bought in primary school. I had it on cassette and destroyed it from overuse. I like our music to have a nostalgic feel with real lyrics, so this helps put me in just the right right mood!
Radiohead – OK Computer
This record takes you on a journey and has a progressive nature about it that shows you that you can shift the dynamics in your song writing to places no one expects it to go. The way they transition between verses and choruses effortlessly, however how complex it actually is, has always amazed me. It’s all about flow and opening up your boundaries. Very inspiring.
Hundredth – Rare
The drumming on this album inspires me a lot. It seems simple on the surface but it compliments and grounds the music so well. Gives everything space to breathe. A reminder that good drumming isn’t always busy drumming.
Nirvana – Nevermind
This was one of the first albums that really inspired me to start playing music and still to this day motivates me to be creative.
Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream
This album is definitely within and possibly at the top of my 3 all time albums. The songwriting is phenomenal and captivating. As a guitarist, it’s inspiring to know that the sound that defined this record was found in a local music store by accident by Billy Corgan when he was looking for another version of the Big Muff pedal. There’s a lot of nostalgia in this album too that reminds me why I wanted to play guitar in the first place. Billy Corgan is a genius.
Teenage Wrist – Chrome Neon Jesus
Within 30 seconds of listening to this album I was immediately hooked. The musicianship is excellent, the sound is reminiscent of bands from when I was growing up but also very modern too. In my opinion they have perfectly combined shoe gaze and grunge within this album. It inspires me to constantly keep writing and getting better, keep experimenting with different gear.
Hopesfall – The Satellite Years
Hopesfall was one of the first bunch of bands that introduced me into somewhat heavier music when I saw ‘The Bending’ on the 2003 Hellfest DVD my friend had so this is a pretty important album to me, I love the melodic side to their music.
As Cities Burn – Come Now Sleep
This is probably the album that made me want to play lighter music to what I previously did because of how interesting I thought the guitar work was on that album.
Blink 182 – Self Titled
This album was like an atom bomb for high-school me. It has one of greatest opening tracks ever, its catchy and powerfully diverse without losing cohesion. Very grateful to have seen them live in this era just prior to their first break up.
The Smashing Pumpkins – Melancholy and the infinite sadness
This album was a big inspiration with collaborating on new songs during lockdown. For me this album oozes confidence and ambition and very tastefully mixes heavy and soft.
Interview By Rob Lyon