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Monkeyjunk Avoided Writing 'Another Moaning Record'

10/08/2015
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(The Blues) Monkeyjunk frontman Steve Marriner hopes the band's latest album will be an uplifting experience - and prove once again that they're more than a straight blues band.

The award-winning Canadian trio released Moon Turn Red last month, as the follow-up to 2013's All Frequencies. Marriner tells the Ottawa Citizen: "A lot of people's reality is that it's a day-to-day struggle. But just writing another moaning record isn't doing anyone any good.

"A lot of these songs and stories are designed to be uplifting. I came up with complaining lyrics - but wanted something to make the hippies dance at festivals. Sometimes the word 'love' is all you need. Everyone loves love."

And although he's keen to emphasis the band's other strengths, Marriner doesn't want to abandon their roots altogether. "Are we a blues band? Yes," he says. "But we're also a soul band, a funk band, a rock band. It depends on the day." Hear the new album's opening track Light It Up here.

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