|Mixing Punk Rock with Grunge, Psychedelic Rock, New Wave, Garage Rock and Goth, add a soupçon of theatre and you have Healthy Junkies. Glamorous yet rebel lead punkster Nina Courson moved to London after she ran away from home to pursue her own rock n roll rite of passage.. Destiny awaited when she found guitarist Phil-Honey-Jones who at the time was in a psychedelic rock – outfit named Nurotica. Phil had left his dysfunctional home as a young lad as well, and the two went on their way seeking solace in the world of music. Naming the band Healthy Junkies, reflecting the mental health epidemic currently spreading like wildfire through the core of the western society. Nina and Phil arrived at this name as a reaction/rebellion to the numbing and dumbing down of the use of so many pharmaceutical meds such as Prozac, Fluoxetine and OxyContin.
In late 2013 Healthy Junkies added Dave Whitmore on bass and Tony Alda ( later to be replaced by Pumpy) on drums hitting the road in the UK and Europe building a decent size following, pulling about 500 peeps at the Arena stage for Rebellion Punk Festival. Support slots have included The Rezillos, Sham 69, Walter Lure, The Professionals, GBH, Vice Squad, Theatre of hate, The Sex gang children, 999, The Vibrators and Spizz Energi. They toured the US West Coast for the first time in October/November 2018. Rodney Bingenheimer former KROQ DJ and current Sirius XM DJ gave the band many airplay spins which inspired them to make that leap over the pond.. 2019 sees the band return to Rebellion festival, Camden Rocks festival and debut at HRH Punk festival at the O2 in Sheffield in October. Also a return to the US is happening at the end of March to play for Vicky Hamilton at her birthday party. Vicky, who used to manage Guns and Roses, has set up her own record label called Dark Spark music will be releasing their version of ‘The boots are made for walking’ in the USA later this year.
They have been played on radios like BBC Radio London introducing by Gary Crowley, BBC Jersey, Amazing Radio, Planet Rock, Total Rock, Lava TV and Blank TV. as well as many Internet Radios. They were part of a music documentary called The United Kingdom of pop, a 32 part series which tells the story of Rock’n’roll from its beginnings to now alongside legends such as DJ Don Letts and Lynval Golding from the Specials. It was presented and shown on ARTE TV which is one of the most important channels in France and Germany with millions of viewers.They have also appeared in numerous magazines such as Vive le Rock ( a feature in the latest edition ),Louder than War, Big Cheese Magazine, Big take over magazine, Devolution Magazine, Punk Globe, Punk Lounge and more.
Healthy Junkies are a key figure in the alternative underground scene and they have built quite a fan base over the years and it’s likely that you have seen their logo in a club somewhere as a lot of people seem to have heard of Healthy Junkies.
Phil and Nina also have been running their own monthly night in Camden, London for six years now. It is called Punk and Roll Rendezvous. The night has become so such a phenomenon that they decided to host a 3- day festival both in 2017 and 2018. The criteria for the night is FREE entry and always with at least one band on the bill from outside London, sometimes abroad.
Punk and roll rendezvous and Healthy junkies have one main goal; that is to bring people together. People from across the board wishing to express themselves and be authentic without prejudice.