Junk Riot
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Junk Riot

Tallinn, Harjumaa, Estonia | Established. Jan 01, 2007 | SELF

Tallinn, Harjumaa, Estonia | SELF
Established on Jan, 2007
Band Alternative Post-punk




"Tallinn Music Week 2014 Review"

...an Estonian household name within its independent music scene, Junk Riot remain unsigned and rely solely on mouth-to-mouth to promote themselves. Playing at stylish club Sinilind, which is set behind the old town walls, their heavy infusion of pitch-shifting guitar effects, infused with rough lyrical blasts, drew favorable comparisons to Foals or a jerkier Franz Ferdinand. - Q magazine

"Tallinn Music Week 2014 Review"

Junk Riot brought their mathematic brand of electro-rock to Sinilind early in the weekend. Pulling inspiration from Foals, Editors and darker shades from the likes of Interpol, the local four-piece embrace FX-heavy guitar work, twitchy melodies and a boisterous live energy, all making for an attention-grabbing set in a suitably raw venue. - The Line Of Best Fit

"Tallinn Music Week 2010 Review"

Junk Riot are less popular with the Tallinn media types as they’ve apparently gone a bit off the boil since breaking big a few years back. True, they are openly derivative, but also clearly talented, cranking out hugely competent Foals and Arctic Monkeys-style riffs topped by a distinctively castrato front man. They could be genuine contenders, if they can be bothered. - Clash Music

"Junk Riot: Rebellious by Name, (Fairly) Diplomatic by Nature"

http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/junk-riot-rebellious-by-name-fairly-diplomatic-by-nature.html - Far From Moscow

"Not All Russkis Do Metal"

http://divedivedive.org/music/junk-riot-not-all-russkis-do-metal-1142 - DiveDiveDive.org Maria Juur


HEADACHE debut album, released 2014
Recorded 2013 at Ö Stuudio
Recording and mix: Martin Kikas, Ö Stuudio, except Track 11 (Milk): recording and mix by Aleksandr Tarlykov
Master: Lauri Liivak, Forwards Stuudio
© 2014, Junk Riot

Self-titled EP, 2010
Recording, mix and master by Aleksandr Tarlykov
© 2010, Junk Riot



Junk Riot is Tallinn’s own garage quartet that has sealed a name for themselves across the Estonian-Russian culture divide all over Estonia. Their history dates back to 2006, when singer Vadim Ivanov met guitarist Viktor Pavlov through an ad where he was looking for people to form a band. Later on they brought in bassist Julian Zainullin, Vadim's childhood friend and the final line-up was sealed when drummer Kirill Nikiforov joined in 2008. Their trademark sound, which was originally very indie-ish and influenced by Arctic Monkeys, Whites Stripes, Klaxons, later on also Foals and Battles, is based on high-pitched vocals, FX-heavy guitars and thumping disco beats has lately taken influence from post-punk and coldwave and has become more shamanistic, yet keeping its unique charm.

During their existence, the band has made it to the top three of the pan-Baltic pop marathon “Coca-Cola Soundwave powered by MTV”, taken the title of Noorteband 2009 and have performed all over Estonia, as well as abroad, leaving their mark at such festivals like Plink Plonk, Schilling, Positivus and Õllesummer and supported UK post-punk band White Lies.

2014 is off to a promising start for Junk Riot. After a successful show at Tallinn Music Week such reputed names as “Q Magazine” and “The Line Of Best Fit” gave the band great praise drawing comparison to Foals, Editors, Interpol and “a jerkier Franz Ferdinand”. May will see the release of Junk Riot’s long-awaited debut album “Headache”, where alongside completely new material a fresh breath of air has been given to such known tracks as “Black Widow”, “Face 2 Face” and the title track “Headache”. The album has already received great praise from fans and critics alike, receiving 8/10 points from the Estonian Public Broadcasting reviewers.

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