Montreal’s JUNKOWL are releasing their new album “Making Out With My Death” on June 5th and today we’re giving you their new single “Quarantine Us All”, a follow up to their recent video “Crawling Up My Feet”, spiced up with special track by track rundown by vocalist Jesse Frechette, and his personal take on the album, their local scene in Montreal, and other artists worth your time.
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Formed in 2017, JUNKOWL’s unique blend of groove metal, stoner, and hardcore is matched with high energy ‘in your face’ performances. A year earlier Jesse Frechette (vocals) met Dom Labrie (drums) and after a few jams they picked up Marco Larosa (guitar) and Samuel Matte (bass) and the rest is history. The writing process is a collaborative one, with melodies and vocals usually forming on the spot.
Moving through the underground music scene, Junkowl quickly made a name for themselves when they won the 2019 ‘En Route Vers Heavy Montreal’; a competition between nearly 200 bands, landing them a spot at that year’s edition of renowned metal festival Heavy Montreal.
On June 5th, 2020, they will release their debut album, “Making Out With My Death”, a 10 track record full of sultry and powerful songs about past regrets and self-destructive behaviour.
It includes the band’s favourite “10,000 Vultures”, the first song Junkowl ever wrote, which was completed after the first jam together. Almost all the lyrics were freestyle during that jam.
Comments vocalist Jesse Frechette:
We’ve been working on this record for about 2 years now and we’re really excited to see it come to life. We’re always working on new material. The Coronavirus definitely slowed that process down but we’re all still writing on our own and sharing our idea’s with each other. We had a few shows cancelled, and have no clue when we’ll be able to do our album release party, but we’re all trying to stay positive.
𝑇ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑎𝑙𝑏𝑢𝑚 𝑖𝑠 𝑎 𝑠𝑙𝑜𝑤 𝑑𝑎𝑟𝑘 𝑟𝑖𝑑𝑒, ℎ𝑒𝑎𝑣𝑦 𝑟𝑖𝑓𝑓𝑠, 𝑏𝑖𝑔, 𝑑𝑖𝑟𝑡𝑦 𝑏𝑎𝑠𝑠 𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑒𝑠, 𝑖𝑛 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑓𝑎𝑐𝑒 𝑑𝑟𝑢𝑚𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑔𝑢𝑡-𝑤𝑟𝑒𝑛𝑐ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑠𝑐𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑚𝑠 𝑡𝑒𝑙𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡𝑎𝑙𝑒𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑠𝑒𝑙𝑓-𝑙𝑜𝑎𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔, c𝑜𝑛𝑓𝑢𝑠𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑜𝑥𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛.
Most of my lyrics are about past regrets or self-destructive behaviour. Kind of indulging in negative thoughts and emotions. A lot of them were written while I was wasted. I like to think that the next album will have a much different lyrical theme but hey, old habits die hard.
With no sign of slowing down, Junkowl has more tunes in the works and pouring passion into their live performances and newly recorded tunes. Stay tuned for party animal blues; fat spliffs and heavy riffs.
𝑇𝑟𝑎𝑐𝑘 𝑏𝑦 𝑇𝑟𝑎𝑐𝑘 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑎𝑟𝑦 𝑏𝑦 𝑣𝑜𝑐𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑠𝑡 𝐽𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑒 𝐹𝑟𝑒𝑐ℎ𝑒𝑡𝑡𝑒:
1. Snakecharmer: Snakecharmer, in a nutshell, is about thinking you’re possessed by demons and trying to kill them, only to realize that the demons were actually just your own evil manifesting in your head. ‘’Blow your brains out, Blow my brains out’’
2. Quarantine Us All: This song is about feeling Like you have nothing positive to offer and feeling that The ones you love would be better off if you were not around.
3. Shake Me: This one is about dysfunctional relationships and how we can sometimes feed off of negative behaviours and start to accept them as the norm.
4. DeadHooker: I actually wrote most of the lyrics to this song 10 years ago and I wrote it all when I was blackout drunk. I think that’s what it’s about, Just getting drunk to forget how ugly the world is.
5. LittleScum: This song is about taking out the garbage.
6. Crawling Up My Feet: This song is about falling in love with someone When you’re depressed or struggling with addiction. And essentially about how it’s pretty much impossible to love someone properly when you don’t love yourself.
7. Sickness Lives: Sickness lives is about feeling trapped in a sick society ruled by greed.
I guess you could say it’s our f*** the system song.
8. Relapse: This is probably my favourite song, I find it captures the essence of what we are as a band the most. It’s also the song we took the album title “making out with my death’’ from. Its name describes it perfectly.. this song is about Drugs and being self-destructive.
9. Straitjacket: This song is about going F****ing crazy.
and just not being able to keep up with your thoughts.
10. 10,000 vultures: This is the first song we ever wrote, it’s about love & death.
Local music scene in Montreal
I think given the circumstances, our local scene is proving to be pretty strong. I noticed a lot of bands have been helping to promote each other online, and since there’s no shows that’s really all we have for now. There’s definitely a lot of talent here in Montreal. I think it’s really up to all of us to support each other during and after this crisis. Not just the bands, but our venues too.
Other artists worth a check:
Junko Daydream’s new EP ‘We Make An Idol Of Our Fears’ just came out and it’s an absolute banger the whole way through. They’re definitely one of our favourite bands that we’ve played with.
Another great band worth checking out is Gorlvsh. They’re actually releasing their first album ‘New City Vibe’ on June 5th, the same day that we’re releasing ‘Making Out With My Death’. Outside of the local scene, we’re really looking forward to Every Time I Die’s new album which will be coming out sometime this year.
Press praise for JUNKOWL:
“they’ve made a name for themselves in the ol’ Heavy Metal City™ with their energetic performances. And you know they have what it takes, since they won this year’s En Route Vers Heavy and literally earned their spot to perform. So technically speaking, this is gonna be an award-winning performance!” – Forget The Box (Heavy Montreal 2019 preview)
“I had the pleasure of being a judge at En Route Vers Heavy and these guys were my number one choice. I am so happy they won and got to follow their dream. They fucking destroyed.” – Bucketlist Music Reviews