Oxford rockers Junk Whale have announced they’ll be releasing their self-titled debut album on September 13th, and today have shared the absolutely banging track ‘Chestburster’, which you can check out now on Bandcamp. The album will be available to buy as a limited run cassette, to stream from streaming platforms, and will be available as a digital download from their Bandcamp on a pay what you want basis.

The band play an infectious brand of emo-inflected grunge pop, think Dinosaur Jr meets Pinkerton-era Weezer. There’s a good story behind the album too, as singer Joe and guitarist Hannah first formed the band with the idea to write and record a song every week for a year to raise money for charity. They’ve now chosen their favourite 11 tracks to put on the album from a full list of 53 (!) demos, all of which are still on their Bandcamp, and added bassist Jenny and drummer Ali to their ranks.

Some of the songs on the album reference pop culture, such as Twin Peaks on the track Creamed Corn and Buffy the Vampire Slayer on the track Jangly (no prizes for guessing which sci-fi horror Chestburster references), while others deal with the more serious side of life.

We’ve written about Junk Whale before following their appearances at Indietracks 2019 and Big Scary Monsters’ Summer in the City one-dayer. In the past, they’ve supported the extraordinary and soon to be much-missed Doe and brilliant New Zealand indie-poppers The Beths, and the band attracted a huge crowd at this year’s Truck Festival. They’ll soon support Fresh, whose album Withdraw is one of the best indie punk records of the year, Cultdreams, whose new album Things That Hurt is getting an incredible reaction online, and Suggested Friends, whose upcoming album Turtle Taxi is one to get really excited about (we’ve heard it, it’s great).

Junk Whale are celebrating their album’s launch weekend by playing the incredible looking Oxford one-day festival If Not Now, When?, joining a bill that also features Martha, Pile, Bilge Pump, Chorusgirl and many more.

Junk Whale by Junk Whale is available from Friday September 13th, and the full track-listing is below.

Creamed Corn
When It Snows
The Captain

You can catch the band live at the following dates:

  • 14th September – If Now Now, When? festival, Oxford
  • 19th September – supporting Cultdreams at The Library, Oxford
  • 28th September – supporting Fresh at Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre, Oxford
  • 11th November – supporting Suggested Friends at The Library, Oxford