Based in St. Louis, Atomic Junkshot draws its gritty blend of Midwest-inspired rock’n’roll, country and blues from artists such as Ray Wylie Hubbard, Steve Earle, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, even Social Distortion.
“There is something pretty retro about the way they’re getting to the hook,” critic Chadwick Easton wrote in Melody Maker Magazine about the band. "And yet I’m quite hesitant to call any part of their framework steeped in old-school cues. The approach is as classic as it gets … exclusive and original in every department.”
Steeped in Midwestern storytelling, Atomic Junkshot’s approach reflects the diverse backgrounds of its members including Mark Murdaugh on lead guitar and harmonica, Clay Mudd on bass guitar, percussionist Brian McCary and Aaron Perlut on rhythm guitar and vocals.
“We're kind of an island of misfit toys who take our love of rock, country, and blues and pair it with a very personal lyrical edge,” said Perlut. “Some people say we have a little punk rock in us. All I know is that our songs speak to our lives here in the Midwest—about things that interest us or piss us off, the experiences that have both damaged and raised us up, and the dysfunction we see every day.”
Perlut’s songwriting is offbeat, admittedly wordy and the band’s straight forward rock- and country-inspired rhythms are designed to blend seamlessly with more complex rock and blues-derived leads.
As one fan noted, the band's music is simple, pure and merely “perfect for family road trips and getaway cars alike”—a description the band does not dismiss.
Read reviews about the band here on GigSalad.
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