Members: Blair on Violin, Vox and Guitar; Jeremy on Guitar; Patrick on Guitar; Brian on Drums
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Absinthe Junk's ethereal melodies are fused with exotic musical influences and textures from around the world and darkened by an edgy army of harmonizing and melodic guitarsâall of which forge a hard hitting progressive alliance. Drawing on frontwoman Blair's wide ranging imagination as a trained jazz saxophonist, orchestral composer andâwould you believe?â successful comic book visual artist, the band mixes everything from progressive to alt metal and goth rock, all with a global flair. Their innovative approach to songwriting finds critics drawing comparisons to other female led rock units Evanescence and Garbage, but also to Apocalyptica and Tantric.
They're not for the timid listener or rock fan whose tastes are easily boxed inâeach song sports unique instrumentation ranging from violin to Turkish saz all the way to a fully orchestrated symphony. All of that lays the foundation for a sharply crafted assault of metaphorical undertones which saturate the moment, leaving each tune as complex and unique as the instrumentation before it. The freewheeling spirit of the band completely parallels the unique era of French history that inspired their name. Absinthe became the world's most maligned beverage by 1916 with a near world-wide ban after claims were made based on junk science that the drink caused blindness and even insanity. It was the drink of the children of the revolution: musicians, artists, and painters. With the ban lifted around the world by 2007, the revolution was revived and soon a band with a vision of redefining the way the world listened to rock was born.
Their debut album will be released in March of 2010. "Living Ghosts speaks of the ominous, yet unavoidable fits the world finds itself in. You can't avoid it. Which is not to be misinterpreted as the extreme negative, either. The fact is we're all caught in this web. How we handle, reconcile and move through our lives is the real story." A few tracks key in perfectly on these themes, most specifically the fiery, percussive jam "Commercialized Waste" (a not so subtle knock on the cookie cutter mentality of the corporate side of the music industry which Blair calls "a tango-ized dance with the devil") and the hypnotic, Eastern flavored, heavily orchestrated "Assassin (Someday)," whose politically charged lyrics lament the demise of sanctity and civility in the world.
"I've had the chance to travel extensively with my comic book career, and I am looking forward to visiting these people and places again as part of a whole new artistic medium," says Blair. "As a unit, Absinthe Junk is dedicated to forging a path of original independent music featuring songs that listeners can apply to their own lives. The most amazing thing is walking offstage and having people come up and hug us and say they can see past our metaphors and fully connect with what we are singing about up there. It's a big sound, but there's an intimacy to these songs as well and we love the way they inspire empathy between us and those who get where we are coming from."