While London may have its fair share of decent punk bands, Healthy Junkies have been one of the more notable in recent years. This hard work has led them to share the stage with many iconic punk acts that are among the influences contributing to the sparkling brew which makes up Delirious Daydream. Recorded at Bark Studios by Brian O’Shaughnessy (Primal Scream/My Bloody Valentine), Delirious Daydream offers hints at a range of inspirations.
The album kicks off with one of the strongest tracks on the record, a storming goth-tinged rocker ‘When All is Said and Done’. This hard, streetwise sound remains present throughout the album, but it doesn’t dominate it. While songs such as ‘Sound of My Guitar’ are heavy and hard hitting, the band are always reaching to other influences such as on the Blondie-esque ‘Juliet’s Call’ or the heavily grunge inspired ‘Johnny Demented’.
What is particularly impressive about the album is how many of their influences just seem to pop up in small amounts without disturbing the overall sound of the record. A little pop, for example, goes a long way in ‘This Condition’, whereas the goth hints reappear in ‘Without A Soul’, another of the highlights on the album, with a chorus reminiscent of Roxette (certainly meant as a compliment).
A glam riff opens up the excellent ‘All Talk’, while some songs such as ‘Meet & Greet’ are straight up punk. A grungy cover of ‘These Boots are Made for Walking’ is not a bad addition, but it doesn’t really stand up to singalongs such as ‘Boy or Girl’, but then it doesn’t really need to. Healthy Junkies head to America this year, confidently taking a unique and strong album with them. Best of luck on the other side of the pond.