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Please introduce your band, the current  line-up and  what each of you do.

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Current line up:
Jonny Rocker - vocals
Adam Wired - bass and vocals
Paul Wasted - guitar
Danny Dirt - drums

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How would you describe the bandís sound?

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We'd describe ourselves as glam punk (or just rock and fuckin' roll!!)

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How do you approach your song writing and what is your lyrical theme/content?

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I (Adam) usually kick start the song writing and get down most of the ideas for any new material but we always work on anything as a band in rehearsals. We all have input on what each other's playing but we've been together for so long now that we tend to click straight off on what we're gonna do with our music. The lyrics are almost all based on experiences both personal to myself and as a group, things we've done in the past tend to come across quite a lot in the inspiration for the lyrical content. But we always try and make sure that the way they come across work well with our style of music and how our band, and our live shows will impact on the audience we play to.

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Who gets involved with writing of lyrics and melody? Is it down to specific individuals or a collaborative process?

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I guess it's myself and Jonny that spend most time working on the lyrics cos it's us that are singing them but I'm sure if we were doing something that the other guys didn't like they'd let us know! I tend to put the lyrics together as far as structure and melody goes as the song writing for any new material is coming together, but me and Jonny have known each other for a long time and we're both completely on the same page with lyrical content, so it's pretty easy for us to work the idea of having two vocalists and being happy with how it turns out.

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How often do you practice and have you any shows lined up?

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We try to make sure we meet up and practice at least twice a week, if we've got any big shows coming up then we'll get together more often! We're concentrating on this battle of the bands at the moment then gonna spend a bit of time on recording our new material. We're gonna be playing some 'bike rally' festivals in a few months and hope to get a few out of town gigs confirmed at some of the places we played at the end of last year. We played some good venues with some cool bands so plan on sorting out a few more gigs with them. It's always good to play with similar bands to ourselves cos those nights just get so messy!

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What has been your best gig so far, and why is it so memorable?

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I think our most memorable shows so far have been with the Crank County Daredevils cos we're big fans of theirs. Also when we played with Slunt but they were before we got Danny on drums. Since Danny joined we've had a great response at all the gigs we've played, especially the hometown shows!

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What was the last song you listened to, either on the radio, your mp3 player, at a gig...?

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The last band I listened to was the Backyard Babies. Quite predictable i guess but Jonny got the 20 year anniversary box set the other night so we were watching the new DVD they brought out!

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Is there anything about the metal scene today that you would like to change?

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I think the live music scene has suffered a bit recently but mainly due to the way that venues have been turning their back on decent live music. Not that venues have really had much choice, looking back a few years ago unsigned band nights pulled in massive crowds and that made the venues the money they needed to keep nights going. Promoters/venues really can't pay bands too well for gigging, which isn't something that really bothers us as a band. We definitely don't play to make money but some of the gigs we played last year ended up costing us nearly £100 in van hire and petrol. I'm sure we're not the only band who are having to pay out to play out of town and that's got to affect the unsigned music scene.

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What do you think of the Preston/North West  metal scene right now?

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I think the Preston music scene has always had a good buzz about it since I came here and there's always a lot of good bands playing the local scene. I can't see that changing anytime soon and there are always people that are gonna put time and effort in to keeping that going each year.

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What do you consider are the benefits of initiatives like Rock On Preston and Get In The Ring?

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I think Rock On Preston and the battle of the bands at the Ship Inn is this year's answer to the last question. It's what any music scene needs to keep people interested in local bands and putting on a great platform to showcase local talent. We're always gonna support that whether we're playing them or just on a night out!

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Whatís next for the band?

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The junkies are just gonna keep on doing what we do! We've got our first full album coming out this year and more of the same. . . gigging hard and partying harder!!

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For those wishing to check out more, what is your myspace link?

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http://www.myspace.com/dragstripjunkies