Junkyard (band)

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Junkyard - Live Madrid 2008.jpg
Junkyard in Madrid, 2008.
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresHard rock
Years active1987–1992, 2000–present
LabelsAcetate Records, Geffen Records
Associated actsMinor Threat, Decry, Big Boys, Borracho, Careless, Kill for Thrills, Suckerpunch, Speedbuggy, Bad Religion
MembersDavid Roach
Jimmy James
Patrick Muzingo
Todd Muscat
Tim Mosher
Past membersClay Anthony
Max Gottlieb
Johnny Hell
Brian Baker
Chris Gates

Junkyard is a hard rock band formed in 1987 in Los Angeles with members previously in Minor Threat, Big Boys, Decry and Dag Nasty.[1] The band drew comparisons with Guns N' Roses (which, like Junkyard, signed with Geffen Records).[2]

In 2015, Junkyard released two brand-new songs [3] "Faded" b/w "The River" on Unison Music Group.

In 2017, Junkyard released its first full-length album since 1991, High Water.



The original line-up of the band included several members who were not a part of the group by the time they began recording. Max Gottlieb was the original guitarist and songwriter, and the original drummer was Johnny Hell. After these two left the group, the lineup stabilized around lead singer David Roach, guitarist Chris Gates, bassist Clay Anthony and drummer Patrick Muzingo. Brian Baker (guitar, ex-Dag Nasty/Minor Threat),[4] joined the band just prior to the recording of the first album.[5] Although the band was heavily influenced by Southern rock, Baker had told Sounds, "I hate the concept. I like that music, but I'm not into the rebel flag or the throwing up in your pickup truck."[6]

The band was signed by Geffen Records in January 1988,[7] with a self-titled Tom Werman-produced debut album issued in 1989, described by Allmusic as incorporating "elements of Southern rock, boogie-woogie, and AC/DCism into one compact sound."[4] The album featured singles "Hollywood" and "Simple Man." This album was followed two years later by Sixes, Sevens & Nines, produced by Ed Stasium and featuring contributions from Steve Earle.[5][8] Anthony left the band shortly before the release of the second album amid drug problems,[9] to be replaced by Todd Muscat (brother of Faster Pussycat guitarist Brent Muscat).[5] The band was dropped by Geffen in 1992, with a third album recorded but not released, and disbanded shortly afterwards.[5] The unreleased third album was subsequently issued as XXX and The Joker.


Roach founded Borracho with members of Promise and Dogs D'Amour, while Gates formed 99 lbs.[7] Muzingo formed Catfish and later Battery Club.[7] Baker, who had already become a veteran of the punk rock scene prior to joining Junkyard, went on to join Bad Religion.

A live Junkyard album was issued in 2000, and Baker, Roach, Muzingo and Muscat reformed the band, with Tim Mosher (guitar/vocals) added to the line-up. A tour of Japan followed, with Dogs D'Amour guitarist Jo Dog added to the line-up for these dates.[7] The new line-up recorded the 2003 mini-album Tried and True, comprising a mixture of old and new songs.[5]

Since 2000, the band has toured Europe[10] twice, co-headlined the Serie Z festival (in the south of Spain) with acts that were very complimentary of the way the band should have been marketed (other bands on the festival were The Hellacopters, The Quireboys, The Wildhearts, Radio Birdman, Georgia Satellites, Michelle Gun Elephant, Nine Pound Hammer and Reverend Horton Heat).[11] and have played a handful of shows domestically in Austin, Tulsa, Los Angeles to name a few.

In 2008, the band released an album of previously unreleased material, originally recorded for a 1987 demo that helped get them signed to Geffen. The album is titled Put it on Ten and Pull the Knobs Off!.[12]

On July 10, 2015, Junkyard released two brand-new songs [3] "Faded b/w The River" on Unison Music Group, with a CD single and 7" Vinyl following in late August.

On April 21, 2017 [13]" the band's first full-length studio album in 26 years, High Water, was released on Acetate Records.

Side projects[edit]

Outside of Junkyard, members of the band remain actively involved in individual projects: Gates with his[14] solo outfit "Chris Gates and Gatesville," based out of Austin (Gates on Gatesville: "Once it got to be time to put a band together, fate and a bunch of mutual friends sent guitar wiz Tony Redman my way. Our first meeting was where Gatesville really began. The more we play together, the more we push each other and the music to see just what we can wring out of'er. The band went through a couple of line-up changes until we found Scott Womack on bass and Paul Soliz on drums. Once this line-up came together the band and the music took on a life of its own."); Baker with Bad Religion and Mosher with his outfit[15]“The Light Brigade.”



  • David Roach - lead vocals (1987-1992; 2000–present)
  • Patrick Muzingo - drums (1987-1992; 2000–present)
  • Todd Muscat - bass guitar (1991-1992; 2000–present)
  • Tim Mosher - guitar (2000–present)
  • Jimmy James - guitar (2017–present)


  • Max Gottlieb - lead guitar (1987)
  • Clay Anthony - bass guitar (1987-1991)
  • Johnny Hell - drums (1987)
  • Chris Gates - guitar (1987-1992)
  • Brian Baker - lead guitar (1989-1992; 2006–2017)



Year Album US Label Certification
1989 Junkyard 105 Geffen

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Junkyard.
1."Blooze"Gates, Roach, Muzingo, Anthony3:49
2."Hot Rod"Gates, Roach2:42
3."Simple Man"Gates, Roach4:22
4."Shot In The Dark"Gates3:32
5."Hollywood"Gates, Roach, Gottlleb3:00
6."Life Sentence"Gates, Roach3:08
7."Long Way Home"Gates, Roach4:43
8."Can't Hold Back"Gates, Roach, Muzingo, Anthony4:00
9."Texas"Gates, Roach, Gottlleb3:35
10."Hands Off"Gates, Roach, Ferrari5:25
1991 Sixes, Sevens and Nines - Geffen -
2000 Shut Up - We're Trying To Practice! - Cleopatra -
2003 Tried and True - Heat Slick -
2008 Put it on Ten and Pull the Knobs Off! - Self-released -
2008 Joker (CD R Pressed or Mp3) - Self-released -
2008 XXX (CD R Pressed or Mp3) - Self-released -
2015 Faded b/w The River (single) - Unison Music Group -
2017 High Water (full album) / "High Water" (Ltd Edition - 5 bonus tracks) 24 (Billboard Hard Rock Album Sales thru May 13, 2017) Acetate Records -


Year Single Chart positions
US Hot 100 US Main Rock UK
1989 "Blooze" - - -
1989 "Hollywood" - - -
1989 "Simple Man" - 47 -
1991 "All the Time in the World" - 24 -
1991 "Misery Loves Company" - - -
1991 "Slippin' Away" - - -
1991 "Nowhere to go but Down" - - -
2015 "Faded" - - -


  1. ^ Book, John "Junkyard Biography", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation.
  2. ^ Washburn, Jim (1990) "At Least Junkyard Has Its Rehash Name Right", Los Angeles Times, 8 January 1990
  3. ^ a b "[1]
  4. ^ a b Franck, John "Junkyard - Junkyard Review", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation
  5. ^ a b c d e Larkin, Colin (2006) The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-531373-4
  6. ^ Andersen, Mark & Jenkins, Mark (2003) Dance of days: two decades of punk in the nation's capital, Akashic Books, ISBN 978-1-888451-44-3, p.289
  7. ^ a b c d Junkyard at MusicMight
  8. ^ Franck, John "Junkyard - Sixes, Sevens & Nines Review", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation
  9. ^ Albert, John (2000) "Hardball: The really bad news Griffith Park Pirates", LA Weekly, 19 October 2000
  10. ^ "Junkyard show dates", Europe
  11. ^ "[2] Serie Z Festival
  12. ^ "JUNKYARD RELEASES CD OF EARLY RECORDINGS", Sleazeroxx, 24 February 2008
  13. ^ "[3]
  14. ^ "[4]
  15. ^ "[5]

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